The Best Wedding Dinner Songs to Set the Mood

The wedding dinner is a time for food and conversation. Alas, you also want the right ambiance to remind your guests why they are there and that dancing is on its way.

There really isn’t necessarily a right or wrong song to play during dinner. Here’s our take. The songs shouldn’t be too upbeat to make your guests wish they were on the dance floor. The wedding dinner songs should also be “wedding appropriate”, meaning they shouldn’t be break-up songs, super fast songs, etc.

Love song ballads are endless. You’ll notice that the ones we chose for this list are from a good mix of genres. Oldies, country, contemporary and the like. We believe that it’s good to mix up the dinner music so everyone hears something they like…or all of them.

Here are a few popular songs to play during wedding dinner

The amount of songs is endless, so our full Spotify playlist below can help you out. Here are a few stand outs that we have found to be favorites during dinner.

“Sweet Pea” by Amos Lee

This song is a little bit upbeat, but not a song that makes you want to get on the dance floor. It’s a sweet little song that puts a smile on your guests’ faces.

“Over The Rainbow / What A Wonderful World” by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole

This medley of the classics “Over The Rainbow” and “What A Wonderful World” is such a beautifully performed song. Everyone knows and loves this song.

“Begin The Beguine” by Artie Shaw

While this instrumental is old, it truly stands the test of time. It has just the right mood for dinner and everyone will enjoy the tune.

Get some ideas for music to play while you’re getting ready on your big day.

“(Getting Some) Fun Out of Life” by Madeleine Peyroux

This sweet song is a perfect tempo for dinner. The vocals and lyrics are great and the music is a wonderful addition.

“Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones

This song is made with very subtle music and vocals. It sets a great tone during dinner.

Creating the right mood during the wedding dinner can set the tone for the evening

Also, make sure the volume is such that your guests can converse without shouting above the music. Ambience is very subtle. These songs are not supposed to get people out of their seats. That’s for later.

While you and your guests enjoy dinner, allow the melody to transport you to a world of happiness and love. To help you select the perfect tracks, we’ve compiled a list of the most delightful songs to play during your wedding dinner.

Another way to add a personal touch to your dinner playlist is by choosing songs that hold special significance to you and your partner. Whether it’s the song that played during your recessional after the wedding ceremony or a tune that reminds you of a cherished memory. Incorporating these sentimental tracks will make the evening even more meaningful.

So, as you raise a glass to love and happiness, allow the music to elevate your celebration and make it a night to remember. Don’t forget to tailor your playlist to your personal taste and desired mood, and let the music guide you to a joyous and blissful evening.

(Here are some ideas for wedding dinner ambiance)

Here’s our full inspirational list of songs:

Last Updated: February, 2023

Rick T

Rick T

Rick has been consulting with and performing for brides and grooms on the right music for their wedding day since (gulp!) 1987.

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