The wedding ceremony may be all about the dress, but the reception is definitely all about the music. No one will remember what they ate, and you won’t remember much about the table decorations, but you will remember what song played during your first dance. And you’ll remember what song you chose to dance with your mother.
Music sets the tone, and it helps us express what we’re feeling. Working with an experienced wedding DJ in Scottsdale can help you pick the best songs for everything from your first dance to getting guests up on their feet and having a good time later in the evening. Here are the top 10 songs we’ve been seeing at Scottsdale weddings to give you some ideas:
“Thinking Out Loud,” by Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran has been killing it with love ballads, and this one has become the breakout favorite for weddings. We expect it to become one of the most danced-to songs for the first dance thanks to its beautiful lyrics and its perfect pace for dancing.
Sample Lyrics: “Take me into your loving arms/Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars/Place your head on my beating heart/I’m thinking out loud/That maybe we found love right where we are.”
“Love You Like That,” by Canaan Smith
This country crooner delivers a sweet ballad that would work as well for a first dance as it would for a romantic song that your wedding DJ will use to get the couples in the room up and dancing. The chorus might be a little more upbeat than some couples prefer for the traditionally slow first dance, but it still offers plenty of opportunity to sway underneath the lights.
Sample Lyrics: “Deeper than a sunset sky/Sweeter than muscadine wine/All night ’til the sun comes back/I wanna love, wanna love, wanna love you like that.”
“Lay Me Down,” by Sam Smith
Sam Smith is another heavyweight in the power ballad genre, and he delivers a gorgeous song that you’ll love for your first dance. Yet the song is slow and reverent enough that you could also play this song during your ceremony or even your walk down the aisle.
Sample Lyrics: “Can I lay by your side?/Next to you, you/And make sure you’re alright/I’ll take care of you.”
“Run, Run, Run,” by Kelly Clarkson (Ft. John Legend)
With a title like “Run, Run, Run,” you might not think this is a love song you want at your wedding. True, the lyrics have some sadness in them, but the overwhelming message is of being unable to live without another person. Plus, the song is gorgeous and has the perfect tone for a first dance.
Sample Lyrics: “This love is just made for bleeding/Hung upon the water/But still keep on, trying to breathe in.”
“Coming Home,” by Leon Bridges
If you want a little more pick-me-up in your first dance, “Coming Home” is a perfect choice. It has tones of classic R&B hits, and you’ll feel the urge to sway your hips and move with a bit more groove. It’s also a great song for couples dancing later in the reception.
Sample Lyrics: “I’m coming home/To your tender sweet loving/You’re my one and only woman.”
“Only One,” by Kanye West (Ft. Paul McCartney)
Kanye wrote this song about his mother watching him from heaven, and it has a beautiful message about the love between a mother and her son. It’s the perfect song for your mother-son dance.
Sample Lyrics: “Hello my only one/Just like the morning sun/You keep rising ’til the sky knows your name.”
“Uptown Funk,” by Mark Ronson (Ft. Bruno Mars)
Who doesn’t want to get up and dance when they hear this song? This is the perfect dance to get the room hopping when your guests are looking a little uninspired. Have your wedding DJ keep this one in the back pocket when it’s time to get things hopping.
Sample Lyrics: “I’m too hot/Hot damn/Call the police and the fireman/I’m too hot/Hot damn/Make a dragon want to retire man.”
“Shut Up and Dance,” by Walk the Moon
It’s an infectious dance song that also talks about two people meeting and falling in love, as if it were destiny. It’s the perfect song for your Scottsdale wedding! This song will get everyone in the room dancing and singing along.
Sample Lyrics: “Don’t you dare look back/Just keep your eyes on me/I said, ‘You’re holding back’/She said, ‘Shut up and dance with me.'”
“I Want You to Know,” by Zedd and Selena Gomez
This is a great dance song with a romantic message. It’s perfect for the end of the night when only the younger people are around to close down the party.
Sample Lyrics: “I want you to know that it’s our time/You and me bleed the same light/I want you to know that I’m all yours/You and me run the same course.”
“Sugar,” by Maroon 5
Maroon 5 has so many songs that are perfect for weddings, but their latest hit has been a popular choice for receptions. You could be cheeky and play this during your cake cutting, or you can reserve it for dancing after the toasts are all done.
Sample Lyrics: “Need a little sweetness in my life, sugar/Yes, please/Won’t you come and put it down on me?”
Whatever your taste in music and whatever tone you are trying to create for your wedding, your Scottsdale wedding DJ should be able to help you choose the perfect play list. However, these songs can give you some ideas of requests to make.
Citron Sound Services DJs in Scottsdale takes the time to get to know clients so that we can pick the perfect songs to keep the party going. We can make recommendations for the important songs like the first dance and the mother-son dance, and we can read the crowd to choose the right songs to set the tone and get people dancing. Call us today to learn more.