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You can probably name a few wedding day moments when it’s obvious that music will be necessary (ahem, the first dance), but there are a number of other times that might not instantly come to mind as you’re creating your wedding day soundtrack.

We’ve compiled a checklist of 20 moments when you’ll possibly need music at your wedding. See them below:


1. While you’re getting ready

2. While guests are arriving to the ceremony and/or being seated

3. The wedding party’s processional

4. The main processional

5. The first kiss and/or recessional (Take our quiz to find out what your recessional song should be)

6. While guests are arriving to the reception and/or entering cocktail hour

7. Cocktail hour (Set the mood with this playlist)

8. The wedding party’s reception entrance

9. The newlyweds’ reception entrance (Find your entrance song here)

10. The first dance (See the pros' picks for 2016 here)

11. When you’re inviting everyone onto the dance floor (Check out the songs from our all-ages playlist)

12. Dance with mom

13. Dance with dad

14. While dinner is being served

15. The speeches

16. The bouquet toss

17. The cake cutting

18. The final dance (Take our quiz to find your song)

19. The send-off

20. The after-party (Listen to our after-party playlist here)