The Perfect Playlist for Your Fall Wedding

The Perfect Playlist for Your Fall Wedding

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Dum, dum da dum…

Music is, inevitably, an important part of any wedding. And unlike preparing for the wine and cheese party you threw a few months ago, you can’t just add a few favorites to your Spotify playlist and call it a day. Finding the right music requires careful consideration of the mood you want to set -- as well as the available time you have.

From fantastic fall wedding colors to stunning fall makeup, a fall wedding is already a fairly romantic setting: deep blue skies, vibrant trees, and enough chill to make hot cider a perfect drink for the reception. Getting the perfect playlist can help to cinch your event together and ensure that guests are nodding their heads to the lively beat.

What songs are perfect for your autumnal celebration? Here are a few suggestions for each stage of your wedding.

“It’s autumn in New York that brings the promise of new love…”

Sometimes, you can’t beat the classics for those iconic dances. Not surprisingly, there are a lot of ways to plan out your autumn wedding music. For larger weddings, the most logical choice might be to hire a DJ, in which case your playlist has the potential to be a lot more modern. For smaller receptions where the sound can carry, a live band might seem more up your alley.

In this case, the right playlist is going to depend on that band’s capabilities -- a more blues-y band is going to have a bit of trouble covering something like Cupid’s “Cupid Shuffle.” The Knot also points out that if you’re working within a tighter budget, DJs are typically several thousand dollars cheaper than a live band.

Ultimately, there’s no “right” way to plan your music -- just make sure your choices fit the venue’s restrictions and/or rules, the tone of your wedding, and fit what you want out of the reception. Not everyone wants to have an all night dance party, but most people at least want things to stay lively.

While we can’t promise that any one song will be right for you considering all this, here are a few favorites perfect for many a September to November playlist.


It’s true that many of the hyper popular dance songs are absent from this list. If you’re hiring your own band, one thing you might want to consider is requesting slight lyric changes in order to make beloved classics truly your own. Not every band is going to be willing to accommodate this, of course, but it could be worth a try.

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