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4:8AM, Oct 9, 2013
Alexis Teasdale
How to make the soundtrack to your best day ever!
Wedding music

Music is a major part of a wedding day. From the walk down to the aisle to the first dance, the songs you pick speak volumes of your relationship. So whether you’re really into tunes, or don’t actually care and just want your guests to get down on the dance floor, we have your playlist, sorted.

Star songs

Be inspired by celebrity first dance spins.

Joel Madden and Nicole Richie - 'What a Wonderful World' by Louis Armstrong

Kate Middleton and Prince William - 'Your Song' by Elton John (performed by Ellie Goulding)

David Beckham and Victoria Adams - 'It Had To Be You' by The Starlight Orchestra

Michael Bublé and Luisana Lopilato - 'Everybody Loves Somebody' by Dean Martin

Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth - 'Make You Feel My Love' by Bob Dylan

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel - 'A Song for You' by Donny Hathaway

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan - 'Last Night on Earth' performed live by Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong

Kate Moss and Jamie Hince - 'If There Is Something' by Roxy Music

President Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson - 'You and I' by Stevie Wonder

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi - 'Ribbon in the Sky' by Stevie Wonder

Fergie and Josh Duhamel - 'Sweethearts Together' by The Rolling Stones

Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley - 'Heavenly Day' by Patti Griffin

Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman - 'No One's Gonna Love You' by Band of Horses

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan - 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

John F Kennedy Jr and Carolyn Bessette - 'Forever In My Life' by Prince

Billy Joel and Katie Lee - 'Moon River' by Audrey Hepburn

Lauren Bush and David Lauren - 'Vanishing Breed' By Michael Martin Murphey

TIP: If you’re not sure where to start a playlist - download the Shazam app, and start downloading songs as you hear them on the spot. In a couple of months, your playlist will be done!

TIP: Always have a backup. If you’re using an iPod on the night, remember they can run out of battery in a few hours. Borrow friends and add your playlists. You can never be too prepared!

A song for every moment

Walking down the aisle

'First Day of My Life' by Bright Eyes

'Marry Me' by Train

'Feels Likes Home' by Chantal Kreviazuk

'Marry You' by Bruno Mars

'Hallelujah' by Ben Harper

'Pachelbel's Canon in D' by J. Pachelbel

The recessional

'Signed, Sealed, Delivered' by Stevie Wonder

'Happy Together' by The Turtles

'Beautiful Day' by U2

'Together Forever' by Rick Astley

Entering the reception

'Everlasting Love' by Love Affair

'Crazy In Love' by Beyoncé

'This Will Be' by Natalie Cole

First dance

'If I Ain’t Got You' by Alicia Keys

'You Are So Beautiful' by Joe Cocker

'I Will Follow You Into The Dark' by Death Cab for Cutie

'Making Memories Of Us' by Keith Urban

'Crazy Love' by Michael Bublé

'More Than Words' by Extreme

'Your Song' by Elton John

'Unforgettable' by Nat King Cole

'The Way You Look Tonight' by Tony Bennett

'Can You Feel the Love Tonight' by Elton John

'Stand By Me' by Ben E. King

'Love Story' by Taylor Swift

'At Last' by Etta James

Floor fillers

'Beauty and a Beat' by Justin Bieber

'Billie Jean' by Michael Jackson

'In Between Days' by The Cure

'I’ve Got A Feeling' by Black Eyed Peas

'Twist and Shout' by The Beatles

'Vogue' by Madonna

'September by Earth' by Wind & Fire

Q&A with DJ Damo, from funkified.com.au

We asked the music expert on how to hit the right note on the day.

What are your best tips for wedding music?

Keep the dinner music chilled and classy so people can feel at ease while they eat and get to know their table mates. And don’t pick anything too obscure! It’s always a vibe-killer. Your wedding is not the time to dazzle people with your enigmatic taste in music. When the drinks are flowing, and moves are busted on the d-floor, your guests will want the classics and the pop tunes they can all sing and groove along to.

What time should the music start ramping up?

“Right after the first dance everyone is gathered around the dance floor. This shouldn't happen too early or too late in the evening, leaving a good two hours for dancing before the venue kicks you out generally gives people enough time to feel like they've had a satisfying groove session.

How important is volume?

Very! It's important to strike a balance between those who want to let loose on the dance floor, and those who want to chat at the tables. You need to keep in mind that it's not a night club, it’s important to keep the noise at a manageable level so everyone is happy.

What is your ultimate floor filler tune?

I'm continually surprised at what songs suddenly fills the floor, but the most consistent song that makes people want to shake their money maker isBlame It On The Boogieby The Jackson Five.

What is the coolest first dance song you’ve seen?

It was 'The Most Beautiful Girl In The Room' by Flight of The Conchords. A hilarious but surprisingly beautiful song. The couple had a great sense of humour.

TIP: Communication is key. As a general note, it's important to let your DJ know what you like (and also what you absolutely don't want to hear.) Many brides and grooms overlook the music but it’s something that can really take your wedding from a nice event, to an awesome party that the guests talk about for years to come.

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