Cake Cutting Songs: Wedding Song Ideas

A few suggestions for songs to play during your cake cutting

A great song playing in the background during cake cutting is the key aspect in setting the mood.

“Huh? Really?”

That tends to be the response 87.6%** of the time I ask couples “what song would you like me to play during the cake cutting?”

You really do not need anything specific. I always suggest that this is a good time to play a song that didn’t make the other important moments (i.e. recessional/processional, first dance, parents dance, etc.). But a good song helps set the mood in the room. 

I typically schedule cake cuttings as a break during open dancing, so it's nice to have the music act as a buffer between all of the dance music that has been playing up until that point.

If you do not have anything in mind, here’s a look at what I’ve played in the past.

  • Colbie Callait - I Do
  • Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar On Me
  • Dixie Cups - Going to the Chapel
  • Jagged Edge - Let’s Get Married
  • James Taylor - How Sweet It Is
  • John Legend - All of Me
  • Joe Satriani - Always With Me, Always With You
  • Louis Armstrong - Cheek to Cheek
  • Marvin Gaye - How Sweet It Is
  • Ronnie Liang - Ngiti
  • Sarah McLachlan - Ice Cream
  • She & Him - I Was Made for You
  • The Foundations - Build Me Up Buttercup
  • Train - Marry Me
  • U2 - Sweetest Thing

Each year Mobile Beat Magazine releases a comprehensive list of popular songs that are being played at weddings throughout the United States. Here is a copy of that guide for you to download for free.

I’ve also collected lists from a few websites:

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Justin Kanoya is a wedding DJ based in San Diego. He has served as a DJ and host of more than 300 weddings over the past decade and is a recommended vendor at some of San Diego's finest wedding venues, including the Hotel del Coronado and the Lodge at Torrey Pines.