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The Best Songs to Play at Your Christmas Wedding (and Ones to Avoid)

You’ll want to put this playlist on repeat.

Lilly Blomquist


Can you think of anything more magical than getting married during the most wonderful time of the year? With all the Christmas festivities going on, there’s already so much excitement and cheerfulness in the air, and getting to say “I do” to your significant other will be the icing on the cake. 

To make your wedding day even more dreamy, use the holiday season to your advantage and compile a list of Christmas songs to play during your wedding reception. Music can make or break a celebration, so it’s important to choose wisely. But, with all of the chaos of planning a wedding, choosing the perfect playlist can be yet another stressful task. 

To make your life easier, we’re sharing the top five Christmas songs to play at your wedding. These festive songs capture the heartfelt sentiment of both special occasions, and their catchy beats will create the right ambiance for your big day. Of course, many Christmas songs are all about love and joy, but others express heartbreak and sadness, which is not the vibe you want on your wedding day. So, we’re going to help you out and share five songs you should steer clear from as well. 

First up, here are the most festive and romantic Christmas songs for a holiday wedding.

1. Jim Brickman and Martina McBride, “The Gift”

It can be difficult to express in words how grateful you are for your special someone, so playing this song will do all the talking for you. Let your loved one know how you really feel about them with this warm and affectionate duet. This song captures what it’s like to find your soulmate, so it’s a wonderful reminder of the love you share.

2. Mariah Carey, “All I Want for Christmas Is You”

If Mariah Carey believes being in a relationship with your lover is the best present you can get on Christmas, maybe you won’t have to buy each other presents this year! Just kidding, but really, playing this song will fill the room with love and gratitude that you have for each other. Not to mention, the upbeat tune will get everyone out on the dance floor.

3. Michael Bublé, “Winter Wonderland”

Want to know what’s more magical than walking through a picturesque winter scene? Sharing that perfect moment with your favorite person. This song will make your wedding day feel like a blissful fantasy, and it will get you excited for more wonderful winter walks as a married couple.

4. NSYNC, “In Love on Christmas”

Hearing this beloved boy band sing about falling in love during the Christmas season will melt your heart. And seeing your special someone dancing next to you on your wedding day will make you feel like you’re on cloud nine. 

5. Billy Squire, “Christmas Is the Time to Say ‘I Love You’”

There’s something about being in love during the holidays that makes the experience even more enchanting. Start your marriage off on the right foot by sharing a sincere tribute to your significant other with this Christmas hit.

Now, here are five Christmas songs that probably shouldn’t make it on your wedding playlist.

1. Wham, “Last Christmas”

This song is all about breaking up and moving on, so it’s probably not the best way to begin a committed relationship. Your wedding should be a day full of excitement about a long-lasting and strong marriage ahead of you, not one that will end in heartbreak.

2. Elvis Presley, “Blue Christmas”

You won’t want to spend your big day worrying about a time when you and your loved one will be apart. Save yourself from unnecessary tears and stress by skipping over this Christmas song. Instead of feeling down, cherish the times you’ve spent together and all the moments you’ll share with one another in the years to come. Blue isn’t a Christmas color anyway, so stick with the color of love, red!

3. Elmo and Patsy, “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”

This one is pretty self-explanatory. You might offend some guests if this song makes it on your wedding reception playlist. Do your grandma and every other grandma there a favor, and stick with all things merry and bright.

4. Bob Carlisle, “Christmas Shoes”

Your wedding day is one of the most exciting days of your life, so you’ll want to be rejoicing, not dabbing your eyes with a wad of tissues. To keep the mood happy, refrain from playing this sad Christmas song.

5. Faith Hill, “Where Are You, Christmas?”

The realization that you’ve outgrown Christmas is a depressing and lonely feeling, which is not the best way to celebrate a wedding. Getting married is not the time to mourn a loss, so it’s better to skip over a song about growing up and moving on.

If the stress of planning a wedding is starting to get to you, hire a DJ or live band to take care of the music. And if you want more Christmas song ideas, check out this holiday playlist.