Big Band Songs for your themed wedding

Wedding Party | January 05 2011 | by Jenny | 0 Comments

Having a Big Band Era Themed wedding? Then you must know that the period corresponding to this era is the mid 1920’s through the 1940’s. For those couples who love idea of having a 1940’s vintage wedding, such theme will provide lots of nostalgia and sophisticated elegance for the big event. Below you can find some ideas to help you make an idea about planning your 1940’s wedding.

In 1940s wedding were very simple and many couples were getting married in a hurry because of the war. So keep in mind the word simplicity when choosing your wedding venue, the decorations and wedding attire.

Speaking about music, no matter if you’re hiring a live band or a DJ, there are certain songs during your reception that should be carefully chosen by you and your spouse to be.

1940s music was known to be upbeat and patriotic. Swing and Jazz were powerful leading dances of the era. If both of you like the jumping and jiving sounds of the 1940s, then why not customize your wedding around this fascinating rhythms?

When creating your wedding reception play list you need to consider all types of music in order to please all your guests such as: Boogie woogie, Charleston, Serenade and Jazz. This music will definitely encourage your guests to get moving. You could use some professional dance lessons if you want to impress your audience.


In order to find appropriate 1940s wedding music start by searching for the following artists: Frank Sinatra, Andrews Sisters, Louis Armstrong, Fred Astaire, Gene Autrey, Cab Calloway, Nat King Cole, Count Basie, Bing Cosby, Doris Day, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Gracie Fields, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Fletcher Henderson, Ink Spots, Spike Jones, Sammy Kaye, Frankie Laine, Guy Lombardo, Jeanette McDonald, Glenn Miller, Mills Brothers, Cole Porter, Artie Shaw, Fats Waller or Woody Herman.

There are a lot of big band wedding songs that will bring happiness on the faces of your guests. You can play songs from the upbeat swing sounds like Brian Setzer to the modern groups like the famous orchestra sounds of Lawrence Welk.

For your first dance as husband and wife you could use: The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra; It Had to be You by Harry Connick Jr. or Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland. Speaking about the father-daughter dance: I Get a Kick out of You by Frank Sinatra, I Wish You Love by Natalie Cole or Unforgettable by Nat King Cole could do a great job.

For another big moment such as the wedding cake cutting the following suggestions are to be considered: Love & Marriage by Frank Sinatra or Moonlight Serenade by Glenn Miller.

Other popular suggestions to consider for your wedding reception are:

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy by Andrews Sisters

Paper Doll by Mills Brothers

Ghost Riders in the Sky by Vaughan Monroe

God Bless the Child by Billie Holiday

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah by Johnny Mercer

Ac Cent Tchu Ate by Johnny Mercer

Tuxedo Junction by Glen Miller

As Time Goes By by Dooley Wilson

Swinging On a Star by Bing Crosby

When You Wish Upon a Star by Charles Ukulele Edwards

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