Wedding planning can be stressful. A bride has so many different things to consider, including money, family, her own wishes and those of the groom. It can quickly get overwhelming!
Believe it or not, even planning the music for the ceremony and reception can be stressful! In order to help simplify things a little, we’ve taken the liberty of compiling some of the best bouquet toss songs, because, believe it or not, the bouquet toss can be a pretty big deal!
Wedding Music Planning Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated
Out of all the decisions a bride and her family have to make in the process of planning a wedding, music should be the least of their worries.
So, instead of stressing over music choices, let’s take a minute to break down the music moment must-haves.
Wedding Reception Music Checklist
While some wedding ceremonies include music of some sort, it is traditional music that leans closely towards classical music or even religious styles depending on the bride and groom’s religious background. That being said, the wedding ceremony music isn’t as complicated to plan as the reception music because it almost always follows a given pattern.
The reception is where the newlywed couple can show off more of their personal tastes, so the music for the moments listed below will traditionally fit their preferences.
Below, we have listed some moments during the wedding reception that usually require some sort of music that fits the style of the bride and groom.
- Cocktail Hour
- Wedding Party Introduction
- Introduction of the Newlyweds
- Newlyweds First Dance
- Father-Daughter Dance
- Mother-Son Dance
- Garter Toss and the Bouquet Toss
- General Dance
- Last Song of the Night
Other moments that may require music during the reception may include:
- Dinner Music
- Music for the Toasts
- Cake cutting
- Anniversary Dance
- Line Dances/Crowd Dances
- Newlywed’s Exit Song
Choosing Your Bouquet Tossing Song
Now that we have a basic knowledge of when our music will play, it’s time to sit down and chose the actual playlists. One area that can be fun to plan is the garter toss and the bouquet toss. These moments during the reception are meant to be fun and light-hearted. These moments are also a good time to show off the bride and groom’s personal taste in music.
So how do you choose which song to play? Do you want these moments to blend together and be a sweet and sensual moment? Alternatively, maybe you just want these moments to be fun and goofy?
Below are a few simple steps to help you narrow down which song to play during your bouquet toss.
What Is Your Favorite Music Genre
First things first, the bride will want to narrow down her favorite music genre. While most of us have more than one favorite, it can be hard to narrow this down. One way to help narrow down the choices is to decide on the general vibe you want this moment to give off.
Different genres can give off different vibes. Country music can give off both a sweet and party vibe as can some of the more popular oldies. Rock, alternative and pop music can either warm the heart or can set a serious let loose vibe.
Create a List of Your Current Favorites
Still having trouble figuring out your favorite genre? Try listing some of your all-time favorite songs. Once you have a sizeable list, you will get a general vibe of your taste in music. Once you have this vibe identified, you’ll know what direction you’ll want to go into.
One way to do this is to split your list of favorite songs up into two subcategories:
- Sweet – These are the songs that simply warm your heart. They can have a specific meaning to you or bring back a memory from long ago. These are the songs you want to mean something during your wedding.
- Party – This one is simple. These are your favorite songs that make you want to get up and just let loose. These are the songs that you want to hear when you want to get up and move or create a generally party-like atmosphere.
Create a List of Songs You Don’t Like
Just as important as your list of favorite songs is your list of songs that you don’t want to be played. Some song can trigger emotional moments that the bride or groom (or both) don’t want to deal with on their big day. Alternatively, maybe you just have a song you can’t stand and don’t want to hear.
Having this list is especially important if you will have a DJ that takes requests.
Top Bouquet Tossing Songs by Genre
Okay, you’ve decided on what genre you want for your reception, and more specifically, you know what vibe you want for your bouquet toss! Time to narrow down which song you want to play as you share this traditional moment with all the single ladies that are in attendance!
Picking a single song can get a little overwhelming, so we have taken the time to scour the internet and compile lists of popular songs that are often played during a bride’s bouquet toss.
The songs are listed in no particular order, as are the genres. So while you're trying to make the big decision, why not take a few minutes to look over these lists of hot songs!
Oldies Bouquet Toss Songs
Oldies are always a good pick when it comes to the bouquet toss. Many songs that fall under the “oldies” category tend to be songs that tug at the heartstrings and create a warm and fuzzy feeling. These songs are sweet, and for the girl that catches the bouquet, it can be an emotional moment considering that this moment traditionally means that they will be next to wed.
These songs can also create a vibe that can only be described as “girly.” Just take the song “Uptown Girl,” by Billy Joel or even “She’s a Lady,” by Tom Jones. These songs are both upbeat, yet rather goofy songs that just make you giggle. When at the moment, the bouquet toss can be a rather goofy moment, so an “oldie” song can be perfect for this moment in the ceremony.
- “Isn’t She Lovely,” by Stevie Wonder
- “It’s Raining Men,” by the Weather Girls
- “She’s a Lady,” by Tom Jones
- “Brick House,” by The Commodores
- “P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing),” by Michael Jackson
- “Uptown Girl,” by Billy Joel
- “Last Dance,” by Donna Summer
- “Love Shack,” by The B-52’s
- “Respect,” by Aretha Franklin
- “How Will I know,” by Whitney Houston
- “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me), by Whitney Houston
Classic and Alternative Rock Bouquet Toss Songs
While not always a traditional pick, classic and alternative rock is a genre that truly defines a certain type of bride – one that likes to party. Yes, some classic rock ballads can make even the toughest cry, but many of the top songs in this genre for a bouquet toss are a little wilder. Better yet, many of the songs can also be used during the garter toss. Now if that isn’t a way to bond, I don’t know what is.
- “Love is a Battlefield,” by Pat Benatar
- “Girls, Girls, Girls,” by Mötley Crüe
- “Eye of the Tiger,” by Survivor
- “Girls,” Beastie Boys
- “Just a Girl,” by No Doubt
- “American Woman,” by Lenny Kravitz
- “Another One Bites the Dust,” by Queen
- “Foxey Lady,” by Jim Hendrix
- “Oh, Pretty Woman,” by Roy Orbison
- “Paradise City,” by Guns N’ Roses
- “Love in an Elevator,” by Aerosmith
- “A Little Less Conversation,” by Elvis Presley
- “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” by Def Leppard
- “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor,” by Arctic Monkeys
- “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” by The Four Seasons
- “Need You Tonight,” by INXS
- “One Way or Another,” by Blondie
Country Bouquet Toss Songs
Country music is a close second when it comes to popular genres for a bride’s bouquet toss. Why? Because it can create one of two feels: either warm and fuzzy or get down and party. Country music tends to be a popular genre because many of the top songs create an overall vibe of female empowerment. What better vibe could a bride want during their bouquet toss?
- "This One's for the Girls," by Martina McBride
- "Stuck Like Glue," by Sugarland
- "XXX's And OOO's," by Trisha Yearwood
- Country Girl (Shake It for Me),” by Luke Bryan
- "You Look Good," by Lady Antebellum
- "Born to Fly," by Sara Evans
- “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” by Shania Twain
- "Redneck Woman," by Gretchen Wilson
- “Little White Church,” by Little Big Town
- “Findin’ A Good Man,” by Danielle Peck
- “Real Good Man,” by Time McGraw
- “Suds in the Bucket,” by Sara Evans
Contemporary/Pop Bouquet Toss Songs
Adult Contemporary and Pop are two of the most popular genres for a bride’s bouquet toss. This is because the music that falls under these categories often is get up and go songs. These are ideal for pumping up the energy of the room, and we all know that the bouquet toss is a rather energetic point in the reception.
- “All the Single Ladies” by Beyonce
- “Run the World,” by Beyonce
- “Like a Virgin,” By Madonna
- “Strip,” by Jessie J.
- “I Know What Boys Like,” by The Waitresses
- “Rock Your Body,” by Justin Timberlake
- “What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction
- “Come and Get It,” by Selena Gomez
- “Sexy and I Know It,” by LMFAO
- “Feeling Good,” by Michael Buble
- “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” Cyndi Lauper
- “Wannabe,” by Spice Girls
- “Filthy” by Justin Timberlake
- “Shape of You,” by Ed Sheeran
- “Let’s Get Loud,” by Jennifer Lopez
- “Only Girl (In the World),” by Rihanna
- "Lady Marmalade," by Christina Aguilera, Mya, Pink, Lil' Kim and Missy Elliott
- "Glamorous," by Fergie and Ludacris
- "Where Them Girls At," by David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj 12."Maneater," by Nelly Furtado
- "Milkshake," by Kelis
- "California Gurls," by Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg
- "Hollaback Girl," by Gwen Stefani
- "Bang, Bang," by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj
- "Happy," by Pharrell
- "Gold Digger," by Kanye West and Jamie Foxx
Let Your Music Taste Shine Through During Your Bouquet Toss
Weddings are stressful, so you want to make sure that you allow some time for fun. The bouquet toss is the perfect time for a bride to shine amongst her friends because it is her moment to pass the torch.
When it comes time for this special moment, picking a song shouldn’t be stressful. It should be a moment to reflect on who you are amongst your girls. It doesn’t have to be a serious moment, but if that’s the vibe you want to give off, then, by all means, pick something a little more heartfelt!
Your wedding is a time you’ll want to remember forever, so stressing over something as trivial as the song you’ll be throwing your bouquet to is silly. Let your personality shine through, and remember, don’t sweat the small stuff.