The rehearsal dinner is perhaps one of the most magical moments of any engagement or wedding weekend. Your family and friends have convened for your wedding, all of the planning is done, and the air is heady with excitement for the big day. All that should mean one thing: You need the perfect playlist to set the mood—not just for the evening, but for the next three days.
Whether or not you're conducting an actual ceremony rehearsal, complete with a full practice processional, most couples have a celebratory dinner to kick off the festivities. Considering that most of the night will consist of dining and toasts, you don't have to worry as much about full-on dance music (save that for the reception). Instead, opt for tunes that fill the room with a joyful, romantic ambience.
For example? Think classic songs like Nina Simone's "Feeling Good," Smokey Robinson's "Cruisin'," and any cover of "My Funny Valentine." Updates on throwback hits are great, too—we love Ellie Goulding's cover of Elton John's "Your Song" and Jem's take on Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed." For something a little more up-to-date, go for Calvin Harris' "Feel So Close," Lana Del Rey's "Video Games," or The Lumineers' "Ho Hey."
This may be one of the last major elements of your wedding, so take a moment to feel relieved as you tune into these awesome songs. Sit back, relax, and get dreaming about what will likely be the second best night of your life.