If you’re newly engaged or almost to the big day, don’t forget about one of the most important details for your wedding: the music. In fact, in a recent survey, nearly half of wedding guests say they care about having good music at a wedding. Whether you’ll have a harpist, a DJ, or a live band at your wedding, the music played is one of the details which sets the tone for your reception!! And the best part is, you get a big say in it! Pretty much any type of artist will let you decide exactly which songs they sing or play for the processional, recessional, cocktail hour, and much of the reception. If you have a DJ, they’ll typically suggest you submit a list of song requests. At Goodwin Manor, we want our couples to feel confident their wedding music is guaranteed to set the mood for the best evening of their lives.So how do you get started? The most important part of this is planning ahead. No matter where you are in the planning timeline, start making a list of some of your favorite songs. Think of songs you’ve always loved and that make you happy anytime you hear them. Repeat the process for your future spouse’s favorite songs of all time. Then try other avenues of finding good songs: Google it, check out Spotify playlists, ask friends and family. We’ll help get your list started with these 20 songs we think should be played at every wedding reception.
Shout by The Isley Brothers
Hey Ya! By OutKast
Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder
Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
Dancing Queen by ABBA
September by Earth, Wind, and Fire
Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show
Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z
Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You by Frankie Valli
At Last by Etta James
Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond
My Girl by The Temptations
Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
Turn Down for What by DJ Snake, Lil Jon
The Wobble by V.I.C.
Love on Top by Beyonce
Yeah! by Usher, ft. Lil Jon, Ludacris
This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) by Natalie Cole
It Had to Be You by Frank Sinatra
Including some of these must-have songs on your wedding playlist will guarantee your guests will get out of their seats and hit the dance floor. The atmosphere at your wedding is one of the factors your guests will remember most and the music can really push that mood to the next level of fun. If you’re interested in having your wedding here at Goodwin Manor in Little Rock, contact us today at 501-590-4560! From sweeping views of rolling Arkansas hills to exquisite gardens, Goodwin Manor is the perfect venue for events and weddings in central Arkansas. We hope to hear from you soon so you can dance the night away here at the Manor!