Planning the music for your dream wedding is a bit like building a full-on soundtrack: There’s the reception entrance, the first dance, the bouquet toss—and the list goes on. But one of the most memorable moments is when you and your loved one band together and cut into that gorgeous wedding cake. Finding the perfect song for this moment can be tricky— after all, the best cake-cutting songs are playful, romantic, and (above all) sweet. To help you find the ideal track to capture the moment, we’ve put together a few of our favorite cake-cutting songs for every wedding style.
Read on for the 10 best cake-cutting songs for the perfect wedding.
"Sugar, Sugar" — the Archies
This universally adored oldies gem is pure and simple fun, a crowd-pleaser that can be hummed by all your guests, regardless of age.
"Cut the Cake" — Average White Band
Deliciously on the nose, “Cut the Cake” is a funky, unstoppably upbeat pick among cake-cutting songs, from the band best known for its hit “Play That Funky Music White Boy.”
"How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You)" — James Taylor
If funk and soul aren’t your speed, but you love the idea of staying on the “sweet” theme, then James Taylor’s classic “How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You” may just be the tune for you.
"Love on Top" — Beyoncé
For a more contemporary pick, we love the sweet, upbeat, and romantic, “Love on Top” by Beyoncé, which has the perfect flavor to capture the moment. We also think putting Beyoncé’s discography on shuffle is a perfectly acceptable alternative to a DJ.
"This Will Be (an Everlasting Love)" — Natalie Cole
Effervescent and charming with a splash of romantic comedy vibes—featured in films like The Parent Trap, Charlie’s Angels, and, yes, the eHarmony commercials—Natalie Cole’s “This Will Be (an Everlasting Love)” is one of our all-time favorite cake-cutting songs for its sheer lightheartedness.
"Love You Madly" — Cake
What could be more fitting than a song from a band that loves cake as much as you do? This go-to song is ideally up-tempo—but don’t be surprised if only your younger guests get the band name reference.
"You're My Best Friend" — Queen
While we’re on the subject of cake-cutting songs that also sound like pitch-perfect montage music, “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen is another irresistible throwback. Switch to “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” after hitting the dance floor.
"Home" — Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
For the contemporary couple who melts for indie folk, you’d be hardpressed to find a more fitting track than “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
"A Kiss to Build a Dream on" — Louis Armstrong
Elegant, romantic, and effortlessly sophisticated, Louis Armstrong’s “A Kiss to Build a Dream on” is the perfect choice for vintage-inspired weddings.
"At Last" — Etta James
For pure romance, “At Last” by Etta James is one of the world’s best wedding cake–cutting songs. If you don’t use it here, it’s well worth considering working this classic song into the wedding reception elsewhere.
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