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Motown Wedding: Songs You Need for the Playlist

Posted on Oct 15 18

It’s very nearly 60 years since Motown first found its feet, and yet the music that made the label is still loved throughout the world. The smooth sound and passionate lyrics make it the pick of both lovers and music lowers everywhere. No wonder so many people move towards Motown for their wedding day play list.

The problem is, while you might love the music, the Motown catalogue is tremendous. So, how do you choose the right sounds for your special day?

The Ceremony

When most people think about wedding music, their thoughts are fully on the reception. But don’t forget, whether a church or civil occasion, you can also make the ceremony yours. There are endless options that could see you tripping down the aisle, you just need to choose your vibe.

For an upbeat, barnstorming, joyous entry you could go the full Bridget Jones:

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

For something smoother and more sedate with exactly the same sentiment there’s:

Baby I Need Your Loving – Four Tops

If you’re looking for something that could come from the bride’s dad as well the groom, is could be worth considering:

My Girl by The Temptations

Or, for fun and flirty with a fabulous beat, there’s always:

I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) by Four Tops

By picking a song that is personal to you, rather than that staid, old traditional ‘Here Comes the Bride’, you’ll not only make an entrance that everyone will be talking about for years, but steeling

your nerves to get through the most angst-laden part of the day. Music makes you relax and happy – and when do you need those feelings more?

As for leaving the venue after the vows have been said? Well, surely there’s only one choice?

Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder

The Reception

The thing to remember when planning your reception is that, yes; it’s all about you. So, you need music that will make you happy. BUT, you also need to remember your audience. Your guests will probably be of all ages, sexes, and musical inclinations. They’ll include your 96 year old great grandmother and your two week old niece (who, admittedly, probably won’t have an opinion either way). Your clubbing buddies and disco divas will all be present, and quite possibly, your boss. And while you can’t cater for each individual, you can try to pick a varied playlist that will help everyone to have fun. Because, let’s face it, if your guests are standing in the corner mumbling about the music, the vibe will be a little lacklustre.

So, here’s our Motown top ten to keep the dancefloor full at your wedding reception.

1. Second that Emotion – Smokey Robinson

2. Can’t Hurry Love – The Supremes

3. Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell 

4. I Was Made To Love Her – Stevie Wonder

5. It Takes Two – Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston

6. That’s Alright – Ray Charles 

7. I Believe in You and Me – Four Tops

8. My Guy – Mary Wells

9. Rescue Me – Fontella Bass

10. Best of My Love – Emotions

Your wedding is, undeniably one of the most memorable occasions of your life. The music you choose to celebrate it with is, of course, not the only thing that will make it special. But it will be a trigger that can spark amazing memories for you, and your loved ones for many, many years to come.

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