50 Acoustic Wedding Songs & How to Make a Modern Playlist

by Wedding Planner Olivia

If you’re like me, life has a soundtrack. Every party, holiday, and big moment deserves its own music—the perfect playlist. When the big day rolls around, I will be diving into Spotify to pick the songs that will tell my love story.

Sounds like fun, right?

Here’s the thing…wedding days are long. 12+ hours long. You have to consider what you’ll listen to when you get ready, walk down the aisle, join the cocktail hour, eat dinner…the list goes on. When you really think about it, this is a big task that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

If you want your nuptial music to be personalized and unique, you’re gonna want to check out my 15 tips to creating a modern playlist. But first: 50 acoustic wedding songs to get you started.

50 Acoustic Wedding Songs: Cover Lover’s Playlist

  1. “The Book of Love” – Gavin James
  2. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Hayley Reinhart
  3. “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” – Jasmine Thompson
  4. “XO” – John Mayer
  5. “Is This Love” – Corinne Bailey Rae
  6. “How Deep is Your Love” – the bird and the bee
  7. “Stay with Me” – Angus & Julia Stone
  8. “Wherever You Will Go” – Charlene Soraia
  9. “At Last/Sleep All Day” – Jason Mraz
  10. “See You Again, Love Me Like You Do” – Megan Davies
  11. “Crazy in Love” – Daniela Andrade
  12. “Mirrors” – Jason Chen
  13. “A Case of You” – James Wolpert
  14. “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” – Branches
  15. “Let’s Stay Together” – Obadiah Parker
  16. “You’re My Best Friend” – The Once
  17. “Crazy Love” – Ben Harper
  18. “Landslide” – Robyn Sherwell
  19. “Every Breath You Take” – Aaron Krause & Liza Anne
  20. “How Sweet It Is” – Julia Stone
  21. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” – Taken by Trees
  22. “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” – Sleeping At Last
  23. “We Found Love” – Tyler Ward Feat. Jess Moskaluke
  24. “Skinny Love” – Birdy
  25. “You’re the One that I Want” – The Lennings
  26. “At Last” – Beyoncé
  27. “If I Ain’t Got You” – Maroon 5
  28. “Better Together” – Us the Duo
  29. “Ho Hey” – Lennon & Maisey
  30. “L-O-V-E” – Joss Stone
  31. “Over the Rainbow” – Nikki Yanofsky
  32. “Unchained Melody” – She & Him & The Chapin Sisters
  33. “The Way You Look Tonight” – Harry Connick Jr.
  34. “All of Me” – Jessi Malay
  35. “Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Nicole Cross
  36. “Hey Ya” – Obadiah Parker
  37. “Maps” – Colin & Caroline
  38. “Sledgehammer” – Charity Vance & Landon Austin
  39. “Friday I’m in Love” – Janet Devlin
  40. “Halo” – Ane Brun & Linnea Olsson
  41. “I Kissed a Girl” – William Fitzsimmons
  42. “Higher Love” – James Vincent McMarrow
  43. “Moon River” – Dawn Landes & The Kentuckians
  44. “Free Fallin’” – John Mayer
  45. “All My Loving” – The Well Pennies
  46. “Your Song” – Ellie Goulding
  47. “I Will Always Love You” – Inger Marie Gundersen
  48. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” – Fay Wolf
  49. “Thinking Out Loud” – Jasmine Thompson
  50. “Just the Way You Are” – Kina Grannis

15 Tips to Create a Modern Wedding Playlist: 

1. Keep it personal.

Your music should tell your loves story. Sit down with your fiancé and create a list of artists or singles that you love. Think about the tunes that remind you of each other, ditties that you get stuck in your head, songs you’ve heard them sing in the shower or car, lyrics they always get wrong in the best way. Include music you share together or each other’s personal faves. This list will be the foundation of your entire wedding playlist.

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 Beautiful photos by Brian Bossany Photography

2. Start with what you know.

You can do a Google search for “Top 100 Wedding Songs,” but I recommend starting with what you already listen to. Sure, “All of Me” by John Legend or “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran are popular options, but do you listen to them? Like I said before, keep it personal! Dive into your Spotify, iTunes, or vinyl collection to start with what you already love.

 3. Expect it to be hard.

This is a long day that need a lot of melodies. It’s not going to be as easy as creating your last workout playlist (although, I find that incredibly difficult). That’s why you should…

 4. Start early.

Most people save this task for the end of the planning process. That may be when you really start getting things organized, but I recommend starting a playlist way earlier. It doesn’t have to be super organized. Write random tunes down in your planning binder, create a Spotify playlist called “Wedding Songs,” just get something going so you’re not scrambling later!

 5. Break it down.

No, not your dance moves…sorry, lame joke. Break down the big day into sections. You’ll need different tempos and volume at different parts. Plus, there are going to be a few individual tunes that’ll get a lot of attention, so make sure you have those moments noted as well.

Here’s my breakdown:

1. Pre-ceremony: Fun, upbeat music to get ready to.

2. Processional: You may want two songs for this one! One for the wedding party’s entrance and one for the brides. Both should fall under the easy-listening/romantic genre.

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3. Ceremony: If you’re doing a unity candle/sand/tree/beer/etc. ceremony, you’ll want another tune ready.

4. Recessional: You just got hitched! Turn on something celebratory!

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5. Cocktail Hour: Your guests are mingling with each other, so keep the volume low and the tempo slow. Doesn’t need to be elevator music, but stick with acoustic wedding songs.

6. Grand Entrance: The DJ will announce the ‘maids and groomsmen, and then you and your new spouse. This calls for something exciting!

7. Dinner: A playlist similar to your cocktail hour.

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8. First Dance: This is the big one. Choose it wisely…choose it together.

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9. Father/Daughter & Mother/Son: Think about your relationship and go from there. Maybe consider classics your parents will know well?

10. Dancing: Think variety. Make sure everyone’s on the dance floor with a mix of current and classic hits.

11. Bouquet Toss: “Single Ladies.” Done.

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12. Send-off: Whether it’s just the last melody of the night or your grand send-off through sparklers or fireworks, this one should fit the big moment.

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    6. Variety.

    If you want every guest to enjoy the party, then make sure there’s variety in your selections. That means as many genres, decades, and tempos as possible. If you get Grandma on the dance floor, you know you’ve done your job.

    7. Entire albums are OK.

    Rumours by Fleetwood Mac, Moondance by Van Morrison, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles, 1989 by Taylor Swift…there’s nothing wrong with sharing the whole album! Every one is a story, after all. Why not tell the whole thing?

    8. Keep it clean.

    If your big day is kid-friendly, keep it PG. If not, PG-13 is fine. But save that R-rated music for later. 

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    9. Ask for input.

      The easiest way to get guests on the dance floor is by playing their favorite hits! On the RSVP card, add some space for a request, or let the DJ know that requests are allowed. Just remember that you don’t have to take them all!

      10. Do-not-play-list.

      This may be one of the most important playlists you ever curate. If you don’t want “YMCA,” “It’s Raining Men,” or “The Chicken Dance” played…let your DJ know beforehand.

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      11. Don’t waste the hits.

      If you know a song will get everyone on the dance floor, save it for later. I’m sorry, but “Shout” should not played within the first 15 minutes of the reception. Make sure folks are done mingling, for goodness sake!

      12. Don’t forget about live bands.

      Live bands can be an incredible option if you have room in your budget. They’ll get the crowd excited, involved, and who doesn’t love a good cover?

      13. Communicate with your DJ.

      The more details you give your DJ, the better. You wouldn’t just say, “Pick popular flowers,” to your florist, would you?

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      14. Soundchecks are necessary.

      You need to do a soundcheck. Make sure the music sounds right, isn’t too loud or soft, etc. You’ll thank me later.

      15. Don’t stress!

      Yes, I just wrote an entire blog on picking music…but the fact is, most people won’t care as much as you think. Just keep it personal, stick with what you love, and make sure there’s a good variety. Now go listen!

      What do you think of these tips and tunes? Have more acoustic wedding songs on your list? Share them in a comment!



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