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From the ceremony processional to the first dance, figuring out the right songs for weddings can definitely be a challenge. If you're not sure where to start, here's a rundown of wedding party songs and wedding reception music suggestions to last through to the final dance. First, it's important to find a band or DJ that have the sort of wedding music repertoire you're looking for. If you have a list of "must-play" wedding dance music, be sure to bring it along when you interview bands and DJs to make sure they'll be able to deliver (or not deliver, if it's the "do-not-play" list that concerns you most about your wedding reception music). Still looking for wedding party music inspiration? Check out our favorite songs for weddings, whether you're into classic rock, country, or anything in between. (We'll also let you know which popular wedding songs you might want to skip -- "Chicken Dance," anyone?) If you're still trying to find the perfect wedding dance music for your first spin as husband and wife, we have plenty of suggestions, from romantic to nontraditional tunes. Just remember, your wedding music will set the tone (literally) for your whole day, so work with your band or DJ to plan a music vibe that'll keep the dance floor packed. That said, once you've hired your wedding music pros, don't feel like you have to micromanage every song on the playlist. It's their job to keep the party going -- all you have to worry about is whether or not to choreograph a wedding dance!

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