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64 Celebration Songs Perfect for Your Wedding

 

Nothing signals the start of a party like a celebratory anthem. Lucky for us songs about celebrating the best things in life come in every genre and style of music.

Whether you’re looking for a song about celebrating a lasting love like Coldplay’s “A Sky Full of Stars,” or friends and family with Kool and the Gang’s “Celebration, or you just want to dance along to the feel-good vibes of Pharrell’s “Happy,” there’s a little something for everyone.

100 Wedding Dance Songs Your Guests Will Totally Request

From tried and true dance classics to group sing-a-longs, here are 64 celebrations songs to play at your wedding.

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“Celebration,” by Kool and The Gang

Lyrics of Love: “Celebrate good times, come on/Come on, it’s a celebration”

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“Happy,” by Pharrell

Lyrics of Love: “Because I’m happy/Clap along if you know what happiness is to you”

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“Can’t Stop the Feeling!,” by Justin Timberlake

Lyrics of Love: “’Cause I got that sunshine in my pocket/Got that good soul in my feet”

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“I Gotta Feeling,” by Black Eyed Peas

Lyrics of Love: “I gotta feeling, that tonight, that tonight/That tonight’s gonna be a good, good, good, good, good”

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“This Is How We Do It,” by Montell Jordan featuring Wino

Lyrics of Love: “I’m kinda buzzed and it’s all because/(This is how we do it)”

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“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” by Marvin Gay featuring Tammi Terrell

Lyrics of Love: “Cause baby there ain’t no mountain high enough/Ain’t no valley low enough”

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“We Are The Champions,” by Queen

Lyrics of Love: “We are the champions, my friends/And we’ll keep on fighting ‘til the end”

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“All I Do Is Win,” by DJ Khaled featuring T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dog and Rick Ross

Lyrics of Love: “And every time I step up in the building everybody hands go up/And they stay there (There), and they say yeah (Yeah)”

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“Livin’ on a Prayer,” by Bon Jovi

Lyrics of Love: “Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear/Woah, livin’ on a prayer”

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“I Got You (I Feel Good),” by James Brown

Lyrics of Love: “When I hold you in my arms/I know that I can’t do no wrong”

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“A Sky Full of Stars,” by Coldplay

Lyrics of Love: “I’m gonna give you my heart/’Cause you’re a sky, ‘cause you’re a sky full of stars”

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“You Shook Me All Night Long,” by AC/DC

Lyrics of Love: “Working double time on the seduction line/She was one of a kind, she’s just mine all mine”

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“Dancing Queen,” by ABBA

Lyrics of Love: “You can dance, you can jive/Having the time of your life”

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“Twist and Shout,” by The Beatles

Lyrics of Love: “Come on and twist a little closer now/And let me know that you’re mine”

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“December, 1963 (Oh What a Night!),” by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Lyrics of Love: “Oh, what a night, why’d it take so long to see the light?/Seemed so wrong, but now it seems so right”

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“Whoomp! There It Is,” by Tag Team

Lyrics of Love: “Party on, party people, let me hear some noise/Party with Donald, Daisy, and the boys”

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“Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah),” by Andy Grammer

Lyrics of Love: “I think I finally found my hallelujah/I’ve been waiting for this moment all my life”

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“I Just Want to Celebrate,” by Rare Earth

Lyrics of Love: “That’s why I’m telling you/I just want to celebrate, yeah, yeah”

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“You Should Be Dancing,” by Bee Gees

Lyrics of Love: “My baby moves at midnight, yeah/Goes right on ‘till the dawn, yeah”

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“Cake by the Ocean,” by DNCE

Lyrics of Love: “But you’re moving so carefully/Let’s start living dangerously”

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“Shut Up and Dance,” by Walk the Moon

Lyrics of Love: “I said you’re holding back/She said shut up and dance with me”

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“Don’t Stop Believin’,” by Journey

Lyrics of Love: “Don’t stop believin’/Hold on to the feelin'”

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“D.A.N.C.E.,” by Justice

Lyrics of Love: “Do the D.A.N.C.E/1, 2, 3, 4 Fight!”

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“Hey Ya!,” by Outkast

Lyrics of Love:  “Oh we get together/But separate’s always better when there’s feelings involved”

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“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” by Cyndi Lauper

Lyrics of Love: “Oh daddy dear you know you’re still number one/But girls they wanna have fun”

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“September,” by Earth, Wind & Fire

Lyrics of Love: “Remember! How we knew love was here to stay/Now December found the love we shared in September”

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“Get Ur Freak On,” by Missy Elliott

Lyrics of Love: “Y’all can’t stop me now/Listen to me now, I’m lasting 20 rounds”

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“Rock Your Body,” by Justin Timberlake

Lyrics of Love: “So you grab your girls and you grab a couple more/And you all could meet me in the middle of the floor”

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“Blame It,” by Jamie Foxx featuring T-Pain

Lyrics of Love: “Blame it on the booze/Got you feeling loose”

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“Stayin’ Alive,” by Bee Gees

Lyrics of Love: “Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother/You’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive”

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“Lovely Day,” by Bill Withers

Lyrics of Love: “Then I look at you/And the world’s alright with me”

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“Where My Girls At,” by 702

Lyrics of Love: “Where my girls at, from the front to back/Well is you feelin’ that”

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“Tell Me When to Go,” by E-40 featuring Keak da Sneak

Lyrics of Love: “I’m from the Bay where we hyphy and go dumb/From the soil where them rappers be getting their lingo from”

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“Family Affair,” by Mary J. Blige

Lyrics of Love: “Let’s get it crunk, we gon’ have fun/Up on up in this dancerie”

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“Where the Party At,” by Jagged Edge featuring Nelly

Lyrics of Love: “Ay, where the party at?/Girls is on the way, where the bacardi at?”

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“1999,” by Prince

Lyrics of Love: “War is all around us, my mind says prepare to fight/So if I gotta die I’m gonna listen to my body tonight”

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“I’m Coming Out,” by Diana Ross

Lyrics of Love: “The time has come for me/To break out of the shell”

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“Good as Hell,” by Lizzo

Lyrics of Love: “I know that it’s hard but you have to try/If you need advice, let me simplify”

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“I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” by Whitney Houston

Lyrics of Love: “I need a man who’ll take a chance/On a love that burns hot enough to last”

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“Independent Women, Pt. 1,” by Destiny’s Child

Lyrics of Love: “All the honeys, who making money/Throw your hands up at me”

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“Believe,” by Cher

Lyrics of Love: “Do you believe in life after love?/I can feel something inside me say”

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“Crazy in Love,” by Beyonce featuring Jay-Z

Lyrics of Love: “I look and stare so deep in your eyes/I touch on you more and more every time”

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“Pour Some Sugar on Me,” by Def Leppard

Lyrics of Love: “Sometime, anytime, sugar me sweet/Little miss innocent sugar me, yeah, yeah”

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“Uptown Funk,” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

Lyrics of Love: “Got Chucks on with Saint Laurent/Gotta kiss myself, I’m so pretty”

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“Can’t Feel My Face,” by The Weeknd

Lyrics of Love: “I can’t feel my face when I’m with you/But I love it, but I love it, oh”

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“Party in the U.S.A.,” by Miley Cyrus

Lyrics of Love: “I got my hands up, they’re playin’ my song/You know I’m gonna be okay”

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“Let’s Dance,” by David Bowie

Lyrics of Love: “Let’s sway/Under the moonlight, this serious moonlight”

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“Eye of the Tiger,” by Survivor

Lyrics of Love: “It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the thrill of the fight/Risin’ up to the challenge of our rival”

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“Give Me the Night,” by George Benson

Lyrics of Love: “’Cause there’s music in the air/And lots of loving everywhere”

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“I Can’t Wait,” by Nu Shooz

Lyrics of Love: “’Cause I can’t wait (baby, I can’t wait) this is what I’ve been waiting for/I can’t wait (baby, I can’t wait) til my love walked in the door”

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“Good Feeling,” by Flo Rida

Lyrics of Love: “Yeah I got a brand new spirit/Speak it and it’s done”

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“Best Day of My Life,” by American Authors

Lyrics of Love: “I howled at the moon with friends/And then the sun came crashing in”

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“Walking on Sunshine,” by Katrina & the Waves

Lyrics of Love: “I’m walking on sunshine, whoa/And don’t it feel good”

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“Celebrate,” by Anderson.Paak

Lyrics of Love: “I was under the impression that we all want the best of life/So let’s celebrate while we still can”

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“On Top of the World,” by Imagine Dragons

Lyrics of Love: “Been dreaming of this since a child/I’m on top of the world”

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“Fly Me to the Moon,” by Frank Sinatra featuring Count Basie

Lyrics of Love: “Fill my heart with song/And let me sing for ever more”

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“Holiday,” by Madonna

Lyrics of Love: “Everybody spread the word/We’re gonna have a celebration”

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“Jump Around,” by House of Pain

Lyrics of Love: “Get up, stand up (c’mon!) see’mon throw your hands up/If you’ve got the feeling, jump across the ceiling”

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“Get Down on It,” by Kool & The Gang

Lyrics of Love: “How you gonna do it if you really don’t wanna dance by standing on the wall?/Get your back up off the wall”

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“We Can’t Stop,” by Miley Cyrus

Lyrics of Love: “It’s our party, we can love who we want/We can kiss who we want”

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“Hot in Here,” by Nelly

Lyrics of Love: “No teasin’, I need you to/Get up up on the dance floor”

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“Get the Party Started,” by P!nk

Lyrics of Love: “Pumpin’ up the volume with this brand new beat/Everybody’s dancin’ and their dancin’ for me”

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“All Night Long (All Night),” by Lionel Richie

Lyrics of Love: “Well, my friends, the time has come/To raise the roof and have some fun”

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“Good Times,” by Chic

Lyrics of Love: “Good times, these are the good times/Leave your cares behind, these are the good times”

 

 

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7 things to consider for your beach wedding attire

 

  1. Go for a lighter dress.

Long gowns may present challenges out on the beachfront. They may look dreamy, and you may even be able to get down the aisle mostly without issue, but the trouble may start when you try navigating the beach to take photos. If you’re wearing a super long train this can be a nightmare. Look for something lighter, or at the very least, ensure your dress can bustle easily.

  1. Wear lightweight fabrics.

The last thing you want is to wear a dress with a lace trim and finding out only when you get to the altar that your dress has picked up all sorts of debris from the beach along the way. It’s better to go with fabrics like chiffon or charmeuse, which will give you an airy feel, as your gown will be able to flow freely.

  1. Skip the veil.

Veils aren’t worn by all brides, but they are an absolute must for brides who want to keep it all the way traditional. In windy temperature, an extra-long veil can have you fighting a not so cute windy battle. Avoid this by going for fresh flowers, or a fascinator instead.

  1. Try an updo.

Fancy updos have a way of changing your entire look. They go with just about everything, and for a beach wedding an updo will help prevent your hair from taking on a life of its own during the ceremony. If you’re really set on wearing your hair down, think about hiring a stylist who will be on location throughout, just in case you need a touch up.

  1. Ditch the heels.

void the hassle of wearing heels in the sand; look into getting the perfect espadrilles or wedges for your beach wedding. If you plan early enough, you’ll be able to customize your shoes, so they’re fancy enough to make you forget that you aren’t wearing heels.

Expert tip: No matter which shoe option you choose, getting the right aisle runner will help keep your feet cool on the way to the altar. Thick flower petals or fabric work like a charm.

  1. Stay tan line free.

Tan lines can be a nightmare especially on a wedding day when you really can’t do anything about them. Protect your skin ahead of your wedding by wearing sunscreen (waterproof sunscreen recommended) every time you’re out in the sun. Sunburn or tan lines are two things you don’t want on your wedding day, and the same goes for your bridal party. To avoid tan lines, you and your wedding party can plan bathing suits for the trip according to what everyone is wearing on the big day.

  1. Say no to penguin suits.

Out on the beachfront it’s less important to be fancy, and more important to stay cool. Let the groom and his best men opt for a more casual look; think lightweight cotton pants or even Bermuda shorts.

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4 Things on Your Checklist to Tell Your Wedding DJ

Planning a magical ceremony is only half the battle, the reception is equally important. Of course, your family and friends are there to witness and celebrate your love, but what makes for an epic wedding is what guests make of your big day—and how much fun they have at the reception.

For a truly memorable night, the soundtrack of your party plays a crucial role. While it’s true that hiring the right DJ can make or break your big day, remember that it takes two to tango, so it’s up to you to clearly communicate your wishes in advance. Don’t just play it by ear. Here are five things you should tell your wedding DJ to get the party popping and keep it going strong.

 

How to Pronounce Names

First things first: Decide who is going to introduce the newlyweds and the entire wedding party for the grand entrance. If you decide to go with the DJ or his MC, definitely give a phonetic spelling of the names of the entire wedding party, especially if there any unusual names (first and/or last) in the mix.

 

When to Play What and for How Long

Now that you’ve covered the talking points, it’s time to pick your playlist. You’ll absolutely want to fill your DJ in on what songs you’ve picked for the major moments (think wedding party introduction, first dance, father/daughter and mother/son dance, cake cutting, bouquet and garter toss, and the last song. Timing is also critical, and not just in regards to the actual day-of timeline and what songs to play when. For example, will you and your partner dance the full five minutes or do you want your DJ to fade the song out at the three-minute mark? Professional advice: do just the first dance with the full song, and the other dances just for a 2 minutes and half.

 

The Context for Song Requests

As opposed to just a general list of songs you’d like to hear, Erica Taylor, co-founding partner of Tinsel Experiential Design, encourages her clients to provide some context. “For instance, ‘Hot In Herre’ by Nelly was our high school anthem and will keep my girls on the dance floor,” or “my mom just loves Stevie Wonder so she’ll get a kick out of anything by him.” This way, your DJ can also get a sense of what other songs, artists, or genres to play.

 

Your “Do Not Play” List

Oftentimes, a list of off-limit songs is even more important than your playlist, especially if the DJ is open to taking requests from guests—something you and your DJ have to discuss. “Try to leave room for the DJ to take requests, but don’t hesitate to list anything you hate (e.g., no line dances) as off the table. The DJ should simply tell guests requesting those particular songs that he doesn’t have them available.” In addition to certain songs that are off-limits, be sure to get specific about language (eg, dirty words) and volume preferences.

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