Popular Wedding Songs

Learn about the most popular wedding songs from celebrity wedding planner Barbara Esses in this Howcast video.


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Wish you could afford to hire a wedding planner? These videos are the next best thing. In them, celebrity wedding planners Barbara Esses and Ruthie Hecht share their secrets for planning the perfect wedding, from choosing wedding invitations, the wedding dress, and other wedding attire to planning the wedding ceremony and reception. There's also advice on different wedding styles and lots of wedding etiquette tips. Don't get married without them!




My name is Barbara Esses and I do events for a living. I'm Ruthie Hecht; I'm an event planner and I work with and for my mother. We're going to teach you the do's and don'ts for the perfect wedding. When choosing songs for your band or DJ to play at your wedding, think out of the box and out of your car radio. You might turn off The Black Eyed Peas' "I've Got a Feeling", but it will pack a dance floor at almost any wedding. Choose music that's upbeat and somewhat familiar. It could be your favorite song, but if your guests don't know it, they won't join in. You should definitely also have a mix of genres. There should be some contemporary, maybe one or two Motown. Keep it fun, keep it enjoyable and keep changing the tempo. If you keep going at full force all evening, your guests will be wiped out by the time dessert comes. Everybody loves Beyonce's "Crazy in Love" - always packs the floor. "American Boy" by Estelle - go to town have fun. "The Way You Look Tonight" is a classic, and honestly, "Earth, Wind and Fire" kills at every wedding. Stay away from songs like "Thriller" and any songs with a choreographed dance - it really turns people off. Also, people love traditional dances. If you're Jewish, go for the Hora; if you're Italian, have the Tarantella. Whatever your culture is, bring it in because people will really appreciate it and be happy to join with you.


  • Barbara Esses

    Barbara Esses has been New York's top wedding planner for over 30 years. Barbara is known for her elegant, high-class affairs; she always seeks to create events that fit her clients' vision. Her clients are primarily in New York and the tri-state area.