Slow songs aren’t just for the newlywed’s first dance — they’re a key component of any wedding reception. When you’re putting together the list of songs you want to hear on your big day, don’t skip out on the slow songs. Here are a few for inspiration, plus some tips and tricks for having slow songs played at your wedding.

Slow Songs to Play During Your Wedding Reception

  1. “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” — Aerosmith
  2. “You’re Still the One” — Shania Twain
  3. “A Whole New World” — from Disney’s Aladdin
  4. “God Bless the Broken Road” — Rascal Flatts
  5. “Keep on Loving You” — REO Speedwagon
  6. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” — Frankie Valli
  7. “You Are the Best Thing” — Ray LaMontagne
  8. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” — Various artists, including Elvis Presley and Ingrid Michaelson
  9. “Love on the Weekend” — John Mayer
  10. “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” — James Taylor
  11. “The Furthest Thing” — Maren Morris
  12. “Anyone” — Justin Bieber

Incorporating slow songs into your wedding ensures all your guests will hear something they can relate to, no matter their musical tastes.

Tips for Playing Slow Songs at Your Wedding

When considering which slow songs to play at your wedding, consider these tips and tricks:

Too many slow songs can bring down the energy you want at your reception. A good rule of thumb is to play one slow song for every five upbeat songs. Eventually, guests want a chance to catch their breath or take a break. This ratio of 5:1 can provide that break every 20 minutes, allowing guests to slow down.

Don’t play slow songs off the bat. The best wedding DJs and wedding bands in Philadelphia know that to kick off a wedding reception, you want to get everyone on the dance floor. Starting with a slow song can single out those who come to your wedding without a plus one. It also won’t help get the fun started. Have a designated time for slow songs or mix them into the other songs on your must-hear list for balance.

Don’t skip out on slow dances! As the newlyweds, you should make it a point to try and get to the dance floor every time the entertainment plays a slow song. Sure, you get your first dance together, but your entire wedding day should be one memorable moment after another. Make time to enjoy each and every second of it.

Are you looking for a wedding DJ or wedding band that knows how to strike the perfect balance between slow and fun upbeat songs? EBE is here to help. When you are ready to decide about the entertainment that will perform at your wedding, contact us to see which band, DJ, or ensemble is right for you.

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