Top 10 Songs To Avoid Playing At Your Wedding Reception

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Getting married should be the happiest day of both the Groom and Brides life. The stress of it all can take its toll on many, and sometimes overlooked are the songs to be played at the wedding reception. After all, you plan the song for the first dance and then you put your trust into the DJ for the majority of the rest. So with that in mind, make sure you hand the DJ this list of songs to avoid playing when you get married, even if Uncle Nigel continually requests them…

10) Queen – I Want To Break Free

This 1984 release has many interpretations. Some say its to do with the emancipation of women, but in my esteemed opinion Freddie Mercury was singing about being trapped in a relationship – one you want to escape, but feel you cant…

9) R.E.M – It’s The End Of The World

American rock band R.E.M. released this classic back in 1987 and ever since, it’s been one to avoid following nuptials. The chorus of ‘It’s the end of the world as we know it’ doesn’t exactly scream congratulations on getting married.

8) Iron Maiden – Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter

This cheerful number was released around a similar time to R.E.M. It was London heavy metal band Iron Maiden’s only number one they had in the UK, and it is practically guaranteed to upset the father of the bride on her wedding day.

7) U2 – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

Despite being a song about religion, hearing those words ‘I still haven’t found what I’m looking for’ is not the words any bride or groom wants to hear on their wedding day.


Kaiser Chiefs – Everyday I Love You Less And Less

This is yet another song with a hidden meaning with many agreeing that it’s a song about feeling guilt following an affair. And as the words ‘Everyday I Love You Less and Less’ are sung by frontman Ricky Wilson throughout the song, it doesn’t exactly scream suitable.

5) Roxette – It Must Have Been Love But Its Over Now

This number is from the Pretty Woman soundtrack, and is usually a go to song for someone during a teary break-up. Don’t forget, this is a wedding – a celebration of the love shared between two people.

4) Beautiful South – Don’t Marry Her

Even if you have the censored version of this song, it’s still one to avoid at a wedding or any pre-wedding celebration. No bride / bride-to-be wants to hear someone trying to convince her groom / fiancée to change his mind or suggest she’s a pain in the backside.

3) Elvis – Suspicious Minds

A song about mistrust and deceit isn’t exactly suitable for the wedding day, so despite it being one of Elvis’ most popular songs, its probably best avoided on this day.

2) The Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me

The bride and groom are just having a dance; their friends are in attendance and then those words ‘don’t stand so close to me’ are sung by Sting. Whilst it might be played for a laugh, it has the potential to backfire.

1) AC/DC – Highway To Hell

Another one that might be played as a joke, but could do down badly with the families. Easy way to avoid any potential upset faces is to exclude this from the list of songs to be played at a wedding, along with all the previous.

These were the 10 Songs To Avoid Playing At Your Wedding Reception as voted for in a poll for If you think there are any glaring omissions, add them below…

About the author: Ashley Auckle works with Only Weddings, wedding planners serving London and South East England

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  1. Linda R April 23, 2013 at 7:43 am -

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