Traditional weddings are very popular among couples today. Though traditions vary for the ceremony, the wedding reception music is most always the same. The genre that is chosen for those first dances as husband and wife, bride and dad, groom and mom, are non-negotiable for some. Sometimes, you need a little nontraditional wedding music on your big day. The best place for that is with wedding reception music! It’s fun to switch it up a bit without being too drastic! Below, Save the Date Music has put together a list of nontraditional wedding music for your Raleigh wedding!

Wedding Reception Entrance for Family/Friends/Party:

  • “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys
  • “Haste to the Wedding” traditional, performed by The Corrs
  • “I Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash
  • “I’ll Be Your Mirror” by Velvet Underground
  • “Life’s a Happy Song” by The Muppets
  • “Love You Madly” by Cake
  • “Once Upon a Time in the West” by Ennio Morricone
  • “Our Way to Fall” by Yo La Tengo
  • “Twa Bonny Maidens” traditional, performed by Siobhan McDonnell

Wedding Reception Entrance  for Brides/Grooms:

  • “Baby That’s Not All” by Josh Ritter
  • “Baby, I Love You” by Ramones
  • “Brian Boru’s March” traditional, performed by Maurice Lennon
  • “Child Of Mine” by Carole King
  • “Every Morning” by KebMo
  • “Heartbeats” by José González
  • “Home” by Phillip Phillips
  • “If I Should Fall Behind” by Bruce Springsteen
  • “Little Willow” by Paul McCartney
  • “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
  • “Not Even The King” by Alicia Keys
  • “Rainbow Connection” by The Muppets*
  • “Somewhere Out There” by Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram from the movie An American Tail
  • “Stay Young, Go Dancing” by Death Cab for Cutie
  • “Still Fighting It” by Ben Folds
  • “Teach Your Children” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  • “The West Wing Theme” performed by The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  • “Watch Them Grow” by Zach Gill
  • “Wildflowers” by Tom Petty
  • “You’ve Got a Friend in me” by Randy Newman
  • “You’ve Got A Friend” by Carole King
  • Unexpected Parent Dance Songs

There are times where nontraditional wedding music is acceptable for ceremonies, as well. We’ve also put together a list of those types of songs.

Hymns/Ceremony Music:

  • “For the Widows in Paradise, for the Fatherless in Yspilanti” by Sufjan Stevens
  • “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan
  • “How Can I Keep From Singing” performed by Judy Collins
  • “Somebody Loved” by The Weepies
  • “The Book of Love” by The Magnetic Fields


  • “Kiss” by Prince
  • “You Have Stolen My Heart” by Dashboard Confessional
  • “That’s What’s Up” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes
  • “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” by Stevie Wonder
  • “Sigh No More” by Mumford & Sons
  • “I Got You (At the End of the Century)” by Wilco
  • “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + The Machine
  • “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen
  • “Brand New Colony” by The Postal Service
  • “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

There are so many different song choices for both wedding receptions and ceremonies. If you need help planning your Raleigh wedding music, and would like to talk with our wedding music planner, be sure to contact Save the Date Music!

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