The Perfect Songs to Play During Your Wedding Reception Meal


You've thought about music for every moment of your wedding day — your ceremony entrance song, your first dance tune, even what to play at your after-party. But have you considered what to play during your reception meal?

Whether you're planning a daytime affair with a scrumptious lunch or a more formal evening reception with a multi-course dinner, the ambience relies largely on the kind of music you play as guests chow down. With conversation taking the spotlight (that is, of course, when the toasts are done), it's important to play tunes that have great instrumentals or are classics that everyone knows and loves. We curated a Spotify playlist of beloved music you can cue up during mealtime that will set the perfect mood.

See more: 64 Perfect First-Dance Songs

Standards, as with every other part of a wedding, are always a good choice. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong's duet of "Dream a Little Dream of Me," Bobby Darin's "Beyond the Sea," and Tony Bennett's "The Way You Look Tonight" never fail to spark the romance. We're also huge fans of alternative hits, like Camila's "Bésame," Foo Fighters' "Everlong," and Jack Johnson's "Upside Down." Throw in a little bit of Paul Simon's "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard," Michael Bublé's "Everything," and The Lovin' Spoonful's "Do You Believe in Magic," and your guests will be ready to party.

With weddings, the love is in the details, so even if these songs end up being mere background noise, the vibes they give off will create a celebratory tone. Sit back, relax, listen, and start making your wedding reception meal playlist now!

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