Our Favorite Wedding Songs

Like almost everything in life, what is “on trend” can change at any time. Here is a list of music for weddings that is on trend in 2023. Read on & learn more!

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Hey, John!

Laurie and I are working on our wedding playlist.

Could you help us out by finding the favorite wedding music in this area?


–Keith in Klamath Falls, Oregon

Hey, Keith!

I sure can!

Those who study what people put into their wedding music playlists are constantly coming up with new methods to organize and present the data. I will start with the most popular wedding song in Oregon and our surrounding states. Then I will list the songs which pop up on more wedding playlists than any others.



The Most Popular Wedding Songs by State

Ainsworth House is in beautiful Oregon. Since we host destination weddings, ere is the most popular song in each nearby state:

“California Love” by 2Pac

“All About Us” by He Is We

“Just a Kiss” by Lady Antebellum

“Get Low” by Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz & Ying Yang Twins

“Get Low” by Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz & Ying Yang Twins

Hummm, I think Washington is copying us! 😊

The Most Popular First Dance Songs

  • Ed Sheeran, “Perfect”

Since 2017, this song has been the most popular first dance song in the U.S. In the final episode of SUITS, this was the first dance for Harvey and Donna. 

Enjoy this video!

If you like Ed Sheeran, you might consider his songs “Thinking Out Loud” or “Love In Slow Motion” as an alternative to “Perfect.”

If you seek a song with a similar feel to “Perfect,” check out “Perfect Duet” featuring Beyoncé.

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  • Elvis Presley, “Can’t Help Falling in Love”

Recorded in 1961, this song has graced many weddings. In addition, it has been covered by U2, Michael Bublé, Britany Spears, and Haley Reinhart—among others!

  • Chris Stapleton, “Joy of My Life”

If you are a country music fan, check out this beautiful love song!

  • Restless Road, “Growing Old with You”

Definitely in the country music genre, this gorgeous love song talks about wanting to “put down some roots” and start a family together.

  • Taylor Swift, “Lover”
  • Etta James, “At Last”

Like the Elvis Presley song listed earlier, this classic jazz song was recorded in 1961. At weddings, it was performed as a processional, a recessional, and at the reception as the first dance.

  • Luke Combs, “Better Together”

This country song is one of the more popular first dance songs.

  • Jack Johnson, “Better Together”

Same title, different lyrics. This song is soft rock/acoustic pop and has a gentler beat.

  • Ruelle, “I Get to Love You”

Written by Ruelle as the first dance at her wedding, this song is about being grateful and happy that you have the opportunity to love someone special.

  • John Legend, “All of Me”

While the last song was written by a wife to her husband, this one is written by a husband to his wife.

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Wedding reception at Ainsworth House & Gardens
  • Walk the Moon, “Shut Up and Dance”

Based on a true story, a band member met one of his best friends who was wearing a backless dress and those beat-up sneaks. In that Echo Park (Los Angeles) club, she told him to…

  • Whitney Houston, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”
  • Bruno Mars, “Marry Me”
  • Usher, “Yeah!”
  • Leon Bridges, “Beyond”

Looking for a soulful, R & B song? Here you go!

  • Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z, “Crazy in Love”

Funny story behind the hook: While sporting messy hair and wearing a mismatched outfit while working on the song, she stated, “I’m looking crazy right now.” And thus, a hook was added to the song!  

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  • Spice Girls, “Wannabe”
  • ABBA, “Dancing Queen.”

If you have questions, please reach out to me.

Your friend in the wedding business,

John Shyne


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Wedding on the Front Lawn at Ainsworth House & Gardens!