Have you ever watched a movie and sat in awe of the experience? While the character and story elements immerse you in a new world, there’s something magical about the score. A movie feels more elevated and grand with instrumentals. In the same way, your wedding music can transport you and your guests to an intimate paradise by the sea.

Whether you celebrate on a beach or at a coastal venue, your playlist sets the stage for the entire event, allowing you to blend your theme through your curated music choices.

Do you want your guests to feel like they’re soaking up the sun with the sand between their toes or cruising across the blue waves? If so, you can embrace a seaside ambiance by personalizing a playlist that captures the essence of a beach wedding.

Follow these easy tips to infuse your special day with a timeless coastal atmosphere!

Select the Right Songs for Your Beach Wedding Playlist

Before choosing random hits from the yacht rock genre, consider your ideal wedding ambiance. Are you looking for a lowkey vibe that inspires guests to relax, an upbeat feel that fills the dance floor, or a combination? With back-to-back festivities, there are many opportunities to create your dream atmosphere, so discuss your preferences with your partner.

As you consider the ambiance, reflect on your style and personality. For instance, if you and your significant other are not into clubbing, it’s wise to skip the pop and remix compilations. Instead, you may prefer connecting with guests over activities, which is more fitting with soothing instrumentals. Let your likes and dislikes clarify your music choices.

While exploring beach wedding music, remember to curate a playlist that engages your guests. You can depend on your DJ for additional support if you need recommendations. However, the best rule of thumb is to have a nice balance between classic and contemporary songs.

Throwbacks are especially fun for the older crowd or fans of classic genres, while newer songs may cater to your friends. You can also add a nostalgic touch by including artists you grew up with. Mixing elements from your ideal ambiance and personality will allow you to create the ultimate beach wedding playlist.

Must-Have Songs for a Beach Wedding

Your ceremony is perfect for getting sentimental as you walk down the aisle. Here are some tunes to move the crowd and complete the moment:

  • Processional song: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
  • Bridal entrance song: “Marry Me” by Train
  • Recessional song: “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles

Add a romantic coastal flair to your cocktail hour with these soothing classics:

  • “Banana Pancakes” by Jack Johnson
  • “Better Together” by Jack Johnson
  • “Island in the Sun” by Weezer

Once the reception begins, you and your partner can make a memorable entrance with these iconic pop songs:

  • “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas
  • “Happy” by Pharrell Williams
  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake

For your first dance, there’s nothing more romantic than swaying in each other’s arms and getting lost in the moment. Try playing one of these slower ballads to set the tone:

  • “At Last” by Etta James
  • “Better Together” by Jack Johnson
  • “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne

If you want to get your friends and family out on the dance floor, these crowd favorites are great contenders:

  • “Dancing in the Moonlight” by Toploader
  • “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston
  • “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey

Here are additional songs to transition from festivity to festivity:

  • Father-Daughter Dance: “My Girl” by The Temptations
  • Mother-Son Dance: “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
  • Bouquet Toss: “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” by Beyoncé
  • Garter Toss: “Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard

Use these suggestions to inspire your beach wedding music, and remember to add a personal spin to the playlist.

Tips for a Memorable Music Experience

Your entertainment can make or break your coastal ambiance, so if you want an unforgettable music experience, start with your DJ. As you interview candidates, look for the following features:

  • Listener: A pro who listens to your vision can execute it to a T and enhance each moment of your day.
  • Collaborator: A DJ open to your ideas and ready to supply tips to incorporate your style is a must.
  • Experience: An experienced industry pro can apply their expertise to your beach wedding.
  • Style: If someone’s style meshes well with yours, you can expect a smooth collaboration process.

Gather additional information by inquiring about their background and reading online reviews. Here, you can ask your burning questions to ensure you find the right match. For more support, check in with your venue about referrals. Many event spaces have a preferred list of vendors to make planning seamless.

After securing your entertainment, share your beach wedding theme and ideal vibe with them. Communicating your dream style will ensure your vision stays intact. It also allows your vendor to make suggestions and take your beach wedding music to the next level.

Finally, have your DJ test their sound system for your outdoor beach venue before the event. Being prepared for the unexpected is always beneficial, so you can ease into your special day without any concerns.

Are You Ready to Immerse Your Guests in an Island Oasis?

Your beach venue is secure, and your coastal décor is set. Now all you need is music to tie the seaside celebration together. Your playlist can deliver a magical ambiance while transporting guests to a mini paradise. Whether you walk down the aisle to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” or dance to “At Last,” set aside time to create a playlist that resonates with you and your partner.

If you need help with your beach wedding music, reach out to us today! We look forward to helping ensure your day is one no guest will soon forget.

Feature Photo Credit: Sarah D’Ambra Photography