Beach Wedding Songs

Find the right songs for your beach wedding.

Beach wedding songs can contribute to the carefree ambiance you want to create at your wedding. Choosing the right music can make all the difference in the mood and direction you want your wedding to take.

Choosing Music

Choosing beach wedding songs is typically a combined affair with input from the bride and groom as well as the DJ or band who will be performing. Before you can choose the music, you need to make a few decisions, including the following:

  • DJ or Band: Keep in mind that the same type of music can sound differently depending upon whether it is performed by a band or played by a DJ.
  • Style: Do you want an eclectic mixture of beach songs from several decades, or do you prefer to stick with more modern day music?
  • Likes and Dislikes: You and your fiancé need to spend time together listening to a variety of music that you like. You'll probably need to compromise on many of the selections, but the final repertoire should include music that reflects personal likes and dislikes for you both.

Favorite Beach Wedding Songs

Many couples prefer to divide up their ceremony into sections, choosing music that works best for each section of the day.

Music for the Ceremony

While everyone looks forward to the reception, the ceremony is the most important part of the day. Music can be slow and romantic or upbeat and fun; the choice is up to you. There are musical CD compilations that contain a variety of ceremonial beach music that could work perfectly for your wedding. For example, A Day to Remember: Music for Your Beach Wedding is full of selections like "Hawaiian Wedding Song" and "At Last."

Reception Entrance

After the ceremony, it's time to introduce you as man and wife for the first time. For a beach related ceremony, you'll want to choose a song that echoes the specialness and the significance of the moment. Since a beach theme is usually upbeat, why not choose an upbeat song such as "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and The Waves or "Celebration" by Kool & the Gang?

Beach Wedding First Dance Alternative

At the reception, beach wedding songs play a significant role in how much fun you and your guests will have. A beach wedding first dance alternative song should be a piece of music that you can call your own. This song could reflect on the theme of your wedding or strictly focus on the beach atmosphere. Popular first dance songs include the following:

  • "Sail Away" by David Gray
  • "Is This Love?" by Bob Marley
  • "Sea of Love" by The Honey Drippers
  • "Beyond the Sea" by Robbie Williams/Frank Sinatra
  • "Truly Madly Deeply" by Savage Garden
  • "When We Dance" by Sting

Classic Beach Favorites

When you think of beach music, you probably think of particular artists, such as Bob Marley or the Beach Boys. Their music includes lots of classic favorites that will work well as background music or dance music. Don't overlook instrumental selections, particularly those that feature the drums, such as Caribbean Steeldrums: 20 Famous Tropical Melodies, with titles like "Summertime" and "Let It Be Me." You can also consider Caribbean music with steel drums, or other tropical tunes.Popular artists that often play beach themed music include the following:

What music is right for your beach wedding?
  • Jimmy Buffett
  • The Beach Boys
  • The Platters
  • Marvin Gaye
  • The Spinners
  • The Temptations
  • Kool & The Gang
  • Bob Marley
  • The Righteous Brothers
  • Van Morrison
  • Wilson Pickett
  • Uncle Kracker

More recent bands that often play a beach music genre include the following:

  • Bill Pickney's Drifters
  • Rick Strickland
  • Band of Oz

Most importantly, choose music that makes you feel good. Be sure and spend some time listening to a variety of music together so that you can choose the songs that will echo the wonder of the day and usher in the beginning of your new life together.

Beach Wedding Songs