Beach Wedding Music

There are countless ways to make your wedding unique, and your beach wedding music is just another element that can add a special touch to your day.

Beach Wedding Music

Don't make the mistake of letting your music planning take a back seat to the rest of your wedding planning. Music is a very important part of your big day and will have a big influence on the ambiance of the day, and not to mention the memories that will be created. 

When you start planning your beach wedding music, make sure you and your fiance discuss your specific music tastes. Your wedding is the perfect place to play music that suits both your personalities and your theme. You can even combine different styles of music if you like, just give some consideration to how it is presented.

There is also the decision of whether or not to have live beach wedding music. If live music is within your budget, it can add a great atmosphere to any wedding. Great beach wedding options are steel drum bands or even look-alike bands. If you want something a little more formal, perhaps a jazz band would be perfect.

A disc jockey on the other hand is much more versatile than a band and you have the option to hear many different kinds of music throughout the evening. It is recommended that you put together a list of your favorite party songs as well as some well chosen beach wedding songs so your DJ knows what your tastes are.

Ceremony Music

The beach wedding music for your ceremony is a very important part of your day. I am sure you will forever remember that moment when you walked down the aisle (or when you saw your love walking down the aisle towards you) when you hear the music again.

Click on the pictures above to plan the beach wedding music for your ceremony.

First Dance

Along with your Ceremony Entrance song, your first dance song is one of your most important beach wedding songs. Choose a song that you resonate with as a couple, one that has lyrics that mean something to you, or one that brings back memories of when you first met.

If you want your first dance song to have a reference to the sea or even just that "beachy" chilled feel to it, then look at the suggestions below for inspiration:

First Dance Song Idea:

If you like Jack Johnson's Better Together, then try this Cuban style version.

Sea Of Love - The Honey Drippers

Sail Away - David Gray

Is This Love - Bob Marley

Better Together - Jack Johnson

You Are The Sunshine Of My Life - Stevie Wonder

You Sang To Me - Marc Anthony

Beyond The Sea - Bobby Darin/Robbie Williams/Frank Sinatra

Truly Madly Deeply - Savage Garden

Kiss the Girl - Samuel E. Wright (from The Little Mermaid)

I Got You Babe - UB40

I Got You Babe - Sonny & Cher

(I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You - Elvis or UB40

Dance With You - Live

Lucky - Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat

Wonderful, Wonderful - Johnny Mathis

Sand on My Feet - Donna Summer

I'm Yours - Jason Mraz

Forever - Ben Harper

She's Royal - Tarrus Riley (a great reggae, island style song)

The Wedding Song - Angus & Julia Stone

The Ship Song - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

I Won't Give Up - Jason Mraz

Background Beach Wedding Music

For background music that is perfect for a beach wedding reception, think of artists and/or songs that remind you in some way of the beach. Try one or a mix or the following beach wedding songs:

Oldie favorites like the Best of the Beach Boys

The chilled ambient sound of Cafe Del Mar.

The laid back acoustic rock of surfers boys Jack Johnson and Donovan Frankenreiter.

Reggae sounds like that of Ben Harper, Bob Marley & UB40.
The heart warming contemporary Hawaiian sound of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.

Instrumental Caribbean Steel Drum Music for Beach Weddings for some island wedding music vibes.

Grand Entrance to the Reception

The purpose of playing this song is to introduce you for the first time as husband and wife when you arrive back at your reception venue after having your photographs taken.

This song is quite important as it should convey to your guests that the formalities are over and it is time to start having fun!

Choose from one of the following songs for a truly summery, party sound:

Club Tropicana - Wham

Say Hey (I Love You) - Michael Franti

Walking On Sunshine - Katrina & The Waves

Wipe Out - The Surfaris

Banana Wind - Jimmy Buffet

Celebration - Kool & The Gang

Who Let The Dogs Out - Baha Men

Austin Powers Theme Song

Of course your entrance song does not HAVE to be themed and you can choose anything here. Have a look at this site for some more options.


The Baha Men - Sunny, Caribbean dance music. They also do a great island version of Dancing In The Moonlight.

Sounds Of Summer - The Very Best Of The Beach Boys - Some of their greatest hits are still good party songs.

Instant Party, Summer Sizzle (Various Artists) - This is a great collection of beach/summer related oldies.Latin Music also adds a distinctive summery vibe to any party.

While the songs/artists above are great additions to enhance your summer, beach wedding music vibe, don't forget to add in a good mix of oldies, eighties, nineties and new chart hits.

If you follow this recipe and add in a few summer/beach type songs and maybe a few of the beach wedding songs on this page, you will definitely have a party to remember!

Alternative Entertainment

Surprise your guests with one of the following alternative beach wedding entertainment options:

  • Have some dance instructors teach your guests the salsa or jive. This is sure to get the party started.
  • Karaoke is a sure way to find out which of your guests are gifted singers, and a great fun too.
  • Hire a fortuneteller who can impart some wonderful news - like who'll be the next one to get married etc.
  • A magician or mind reader is also a great attraction and can wonder around the room wowing your guests.
  • Fire dancers are another great form of entertainment and are great for a beach wedding.

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