Choose country wedding songs if you have a special connection to a particular artist or song, or if you happen to like the genre. From the first dance to the father/daughter wedding song, you have plenty of choices for your wedding reception music via country artists.
Country Western Wedding Music
Even if you are not planning a themed western wedding or hosting it in a barn, you can still incorporate country music into your wedding reception. Consider using this genre of music, which ranges from contemporary country to southern rock to folk and more, for any number of your special songs at the wedding.
Country music's themes, like other musical genres, often center on love. This makes it ideal for a wedding. Bands, female and male soloists, and duets all have their own styles, making it easy to find music you like. Even if you do not have a particular song or artist in mind, your wedding DJ or wedding reception band can recommend popular songs in their repertoire.
Examples of Country Wedding Songs
The best wedding dances are ones where the couple and the guests enjoy dancing to the music. Even if you do not have a specific song that is "yours" as a couple, you are sure to find some great ideas. For more song choices from classic to contemporary, check out the 100 Greatest Love Songs at Country Music Television (CMT) and the Top 40 Country Wedding Songs from Great American Country (GAC).
All eyes are on the bride and groom during the first dance, so choose a song that expresses your love. Practice a slow two-step if you aren't the best dancer. Consider these songs:
- Crazy by Patsy Cline
- Forever and Ever Amen by Randy Travis
- How Do I Live by Tricia Yearwood
- From This Moment by Shania Twain
- I Cross My Heart by George Strait
- My Best Friend by Tim McGraw
- One Boy One Girl by Collin Raye
- To Make You Feel My Love by Garth Brooks
- When I Said I Do by Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black
- It's Your Love by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
- Your Love Amazes Me by John Berry
- I Do by Mark Wills
Bridal Party Dance
Whether you plan a country-rock song for the wedding party's grand entrance or a medium tempo song for a bridal party dance, country is sure to have a few good songs that just "sound" like your closest friends and family. Something a little more upbeat than a love song is usually a good choice for a bridal party dance or entrance, so keep that in mind. A few good songs, depending on your bridal party, might include:
- Friends In Low Places by Garth Brooks
- Me and My Gang by Rascal Flatts
- Where the Blacktop Ends by Keith Urban
- These Are My People by Rodney Atkins
- Young by Kenny Chesney
Doing a father and daughter dance and mother and son dance is typical at many wedding receptions with music. Choose a song that you enjoyed together with your parent or that reminds you of your youth. Asking your dad or mom for their input is also a good idea, especially if they are a country music fan. Three great songs for daughters and dads are Daddy's Hands by Holly Dunn, I Loved Her First by Heartland and My Little Girl by Tim McGraw. Sons and moms might enjoy dancing to That's What Mamas Do by Jason Matthews or Tough Little Boys by Gary Allan.
If you are not familiar with the songs listed above, try listening to wedding music online, either of entire songs or samples, to decide if you like it. You can also incorporate country wedding songs into the general dance, instead of designating particular songs for special dances. Even if the style isn't your favorite, choosing a few good songs to incorporate into the play list is sure to get toes tapping at your reception.