A guest post by the amazing Chris Holland of thesongnerd.com!

When choosing songs for your wedding, be it for the dance, bridal entry, whatever… my number one piece of advice is firstly: choose a song you love. Play your favourite songs, whether you think they’re “a wedding song” or not. Truth is, there are no rules when it comes to music.

There are several lists online with nice “wedding songs”, generally slow ballads that are nice, but may be impersonal, mushy, cheesy, or not you. Here are some suggestions, a couple are ballads, but some up-tempo, fun, left-of-centre choices that may just suit your personality or be suitable at one certain benchmark of your ceremony. Perhaps you want your guests to laugh and have fun, not necessarily shed a tear at your romance.

The nature of a song is that there are 3 or 4 minutes worth of lyrics – plenty of time for some words that may not be exactly appropriate for your wedding. Listen carefully, see how much they matter to you. If there’s anything that relates to cheating/fighting/anything you don’t want associated – then drop the song, or at least that part of the song. I’ve tried to choose songs that aren’t too much based on “break up, take me back”, “I went away, I missed you” or “geez I would really love to touch you inappropriately” kind of love songs.

And you already know that John Legend song. So it’s not on this list.

2 Hearts – Kylie Minogue

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Jimmy Barnes / anyone and everyone else

All Day and All of the Night – The Kinks

All I Need is You – Guy Sebastian

All of my Love – Led Zeppelin

All You Need is Love – Beatles

Apple Eyes – Swoop

Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet

At Last – Etta James

Baby I Love Your Way – Peter Frampton / Big Mountain

Be Mine – Guy Sebastian

Beautiful To Me – Little Birdy

Because I Love You – Masters Apprentices

Best of my Love – The Emotions

Big Me – Foo Fighters

Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis

Bliss – Muse

Book of Love – Magnetic Fields / Peter Gabriel

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

Bubble Toes – Jack Johnson

Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen (Have a laugh! The girls likes the guy, it’s fun!)

Can’t Get You Out of My Head – Kylie Minogue

Can’t Help Falling in Love with You – Elvis / UB40

Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Four Seasons

Cherish – Madonna

Cosmic Girl – Jamiroquai

Crack the Shutters – Snow Patrol

Crazy In Love – Beyonce ft. Jay-Z

Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen

Cruisin’ – Huey Lewis & Gwenyth Paltrow

Dance with You – Live

Do You Realize? – The Flaming Lips

Especially For You – Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan – embrace it!

Even When I’m Sleeping – Leonardo’s Bride

Everlasting Love – Gloria Estafan / U2 / anyone else

Everlong – Foo Fighters

Everybody Gonna Be Happy – The Kinks / QOTSA

Everywhere – Michelle Branch

Feel So Close – Calvin Harris

Feeling Good – Muse / Michael Buble / anyone else

Finally – Ce Ce Peniston

Foxy Lady – Jimi Hendrix

God Only Knows – Beach Boys

Good Day Sunshine – Beatles

Good Vibrations – Beach Boys

Got My Mind Set on You – George Harrison

Great Balls of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis

Groove is in the Heart – Dee-Lite

Hallelujah I Love her So – Ray Charles

Happy Together – The Turtles

Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes

House of Love – East 17

I Believe in a Thing Called Love – The Darkness

I Feel Better – Gotye

I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher

I Wanna Hold Your Hand – Beatles

I Was Made for Lovin’ You – Kiss

I’ll be There – Jackson 5 / Mariah Carey

I’ll Make You Happy – Easybeats

I’m A Believer – Monkees / Smash Mouth

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers

I’m Gonna Love You Too – Blondie

Invincible – Muse

Is This Love? – Bob Marley

It Must be Love – Madness

It’s So Quiet – Bjork

Jungle Drum – Emiliana Torrini

Like Wow Wipeout – Hoodoo Gurus

Love – John Lennon

Love & Devotion – Real McCoy

Luv Your Life – Silverchair

Mirrors – Justin Timberlake

My Baby Just Cares for Me – Nina Simone

My Girl – Temptations

Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley (it’s a fun love song! Roll with it!)

Never Tear Us Apart – INXS

Not Afraid of Romance – Machine Gun Fellatio

One Crowded Hour – Augie March

Power of Love – Huey Lewis & the News

Praise You – Fatboy Slim

Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison

Real Love – Regina Spektor

Rhythm of my Heart – Rod Stewart

See You – Foo Fighters

Settle Down – Kimbra

Show me the Way – Peter Frampton

Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder

Slice of Heaven – Dave Dobbyn & the Herbs

So Glad You’re Mine – Sherbert

Something – Beatles

Stuck with You – Huey Lewis & the News

Take me by the Hand – Bobby Flynn

Tender – Blur

That Word L.O.V.E – Deni Hines & the Rockmelons

The Best – Tina Turner

The Dolphin’s Cry – Live

The Luckiest – Ben Folds

The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra

The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson

This Old Love – Lior

This Will Be Our Year – Zombies

Twist & Shout – Beatles

Two Hearts – Phil Collins

Umbrella – Rhianna ft. Jay-Z (Took an oath, I’mma stick it out ’til the end!)

Wedding Ring – Easybeats

What I Can Do for You – Sheryl Crow

What I Like About You – Romantics

When I’m With You – Best Coast

Wild Thing – The Troggs

Woman – Wolfmother

You Make Me Happy – Jimmy Hannan

You and Me Song – The Wannadies

You Give Me Something – Jamiroquai

You Got It – Roy Orbison

You Got It (The Right Stuff) – New Kids on the Block

You Really Got Me – The Kinks / Van Halen

You’re My Best Friend – Queen

You’re the One that I Want – John Travolta & Olivia Newton John

You’ve Got the Love – Florence & the Machine / Solitaire

Your Song – Elton John

Just some considerations! Go through your CD collection and find your favourite songs first, then start digging deeper in this list. There’ll be a song for your mood there I’m sure.