When you’re planning a wedding, one of the most important things to consider is the music! A good playlist keeps your crowd going strong, makes sure they have fun, and ensures your event will be the talk of the town long after the honeymoon’s over. Today, we’re taking a look at five song ideas you can’t go wrong with. Hand these to your Chicago wedding band and watch as the dance floor quickly fills up. Ready to get started? Let’s tune in!
1. A Modern Pop Classic
While there are a time and a place for standards and classic ballads, chances are your crowd would also like to hear some jams from this decade, please. One artist with a repertoire of catchy, groove-worthy songs sure to fit the bill? Bruno Mars. From “Locked out of Heaven” to “Just the Way You Are,” Mars has proven himself not only the king of modern pop, but also a solid wedding staple. Don’t just take our word for it! Bruno Mars was recently spotted serenading a wedding on the hit T.V. series “Jane the Virgin.”
2. A Swoon-Worthy Slow Jam
Perhaps no song is so linked to the romance, intrigue, and nostalgia of a wedding quite like “The Way You Look Tonight.” This hit was made famous by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Tony Bennett, and others, and then later reimagined by throwback crooner Michael Buble. The very first chords are enough to send wedding-goers reaching for the tissue — and pulling their significant other out onto the dance floor.
3. A 70s Groove Everyone Knows
As anyone at the wedding reception if they remember a specific calendar date and they’ll probably look at you like you’ve had too much punch. Yet, ask them if they remember the 21st night of “September,” and don’t be surprised if they break out into a shimmy on the spot. Earth, Wind & Fire’s classic 1971 release continues to be a wedding band favorite — and for good reason. It’s funkadelic, fun, and transforms “ba de ya” from three simple syllables into a catchy melody that’s stuck in your head for days.
4. A Heavy Metal Hit That Still Inspires
A surprisingly sentimental song from hard rock favorite Guns N’ Roses, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” is a dance floor staple that tends to bring the best head-banging moves out of everyone. With lyrics like, “if I’d stare too long, I’d probably break down and cry” and “her hair reminds me of a warm safe place,” it’s one of the more gentle hits the hair band released. Another reason it’s a totally rocking addition to your playlist? That sweet guitar solo by Slash!
5. A Beachy, Feel-Good Ditty
Already dreaming of your honeymoon? Share the tropical vibe with the rest of your guests by opting for a beachy, chilled-out, mid-tempo jam that’s perfect to bop along to. Need some inspiration? Start with Jack Johnson’s laid-back “Better Together” or Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat’s breezy duet, “Lucky,” then branch out from there. A good rule of thumb? Anything with a ukelele, steel drum, or steel guitar is fair game!
A Wedding Band That Fits: Taking Your Music to the Next Level
We know that when it comes to your Chicago wedding music, it’s not just about the songs themselves. It’s about creating an experience spectacular enough to give you a lifetime’s worth of memories. That’s why we take extra care to make sure the sound of your wedding is custom-fit to meet all of your expectations and then some.