Ceremony. It’s no secret that Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” is one of the most popular processional songs, but depending on the tone of your wedding, it’s also fine to stroll down the aisle to something more unique, like Cat Power’s “Sea of Love,” Bruno Mars’ “Marry You,” or Johnny Cash’s “Rose of My Heart;” however, it’s typically the recessional where couples opt for more upbeat and fun selections, says Church, such as the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” or Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon.” But hey, who says you have to follow the rules or go with what's popular? Choose something that's meaningful to you as a couple.

Cocktail Hour. When the focus isn’t on dancing, keep your song selection and sound level appropriate, but still lively. Your guests aren’t in full-on party mode yet, but the cocktail hour song selection should slowly get them there. In most cases, your DJ or band should know what’s appropriate. But, if you’re concerned, make sure it’s a talking point during your meeting prior to the big day. Some recommendations? Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald and more contemporary artists like Michael Bublé and Norah Jones, as well as classic rock artists, such as Van Morrison, Sting, and Bob Marley, and mellow Indie rockers like Bon Iver, Ingrid Michaelson and Iron & Wine.

The First Dance. You can’t go wrong with classics like The Beatles “In My Life” or Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.” But don’t feel like you have to leave out tunes that have personal history for you, or let you show off some fancy footwork. Currently trending: One song, with bride/father/groom/mother on the floor all at once.

Keep the Party Going. If you want to ensure guests of all ages are grooving on the dance floor, “play the Jackson 5’s ‘I Want You Back’ – sure-fire dancing magic. Other than that, you’ll want a playlist that includes a combo of dance-worthy songs that everyone knows (even grandma) and current hits.

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