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 and traditional wedding moments is when you and your spouse band together to cut into that delicious wedding cake.
To properly capture the cake-cutting moment and set the scene for the big party that's about to pop off, we've chosen 55 playful, romantic, and yes, very literal songs from nearly every musical genre. We dare you not to bop along when relistening to each of these sweet, sweet tunes.
"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, it's is a funky, unstoppably upbeat pick among cake-cutting songs, from the band best known for its rendition of Wild Cherry's original 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 sticking with a “sweet” theme, then James Taylor’s classic is just the tune for you.
"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" (Eurythmics)
This synth-pop choice is full of nostalgic energy.
"Sweet Thing" (Keith Urban)
Perfect for a road trip or cake cutting? You decide. But country-music lovers will definitely appreciate hearing this tune right before the reception.
"Sweet Nothing" (Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch)
Let the driving beats of this dance hit be your cake-cutting anthem.
"Love on Top" (Beyoncé)
This sweet, upbeat, and romantic ditty 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.)
"Eternal Flame" (The Bangles)
This '80s soft rock song tugs at everyone's heartstrings.
"This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" (Natalie Cole)
Effervescent and charming with a modicum of romantic-comedy vibes (it's featured in films such as, "The Parent Trap" and "Charlie’s Angels," and, yes, in eHarmony's commercials, too), this melody is a lighthearted, all-time fave.
"Honey" (Mariah Carey)
Another sticky-sweet contemporary tune, it's a literal take on this traditional wedding ceremony.
"Sugar" (Maroon 5)
This is a fun, upbeat crowd-pleaser.
"Love You Madly" (Cake)
What could be more fitting than an indie song from a band that loves cake as much as you do? This go-to is ideally up-tempo—but don’t be surprised if only your younger guests get the band's name reference.
"Sweet Caroline" (Neil Diamond)
Everyone will want to sing along to this feel-good number.
"All My Life" (K-Ci and JoJo)
The '90s R&B hit is timeless.
"You're My Best Friend" (Queen)
Another irresistible throwback: Switch to “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” when everybody hits the dance floor.
"Home" (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros)
For the duo that melts for indie folk, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more fitting track.
"A Kiss to Build a Dream On" (Louis Armstrong)
Elegant, romantic, and effortlessly sophisticated, it's the perfect choice for vintage-inspired weddings.
"Sweetheart" (Thomas Rett)
Our hearts beat for this song's contemporary doo-wop vibes.
"Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" (The Police)
Happy, upbeat, and highly dance-able.
"I Got You Babe" (Sonny & Cher)
Celebrate forever with this classic.
"At Last" (Etta James)
If you don’t use this romantic ballad during the cake-cutting ceremony, it’s well worth working this classic into your wedding reception for the first dance.
"Pour Some Sugar on Me" (Def Leppard)
As if you needed any more of an adrenaline rush.
"Sweet Honey" (Slightly Stoopid)
A little cheeky, a whole lot of fun.
"Lucky" (Jason Mraz feat. Colbie Caillat)
A sweet duet perfect for your big day.
"Over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
A moving, ukelele-infused rendition of Judy Garland's well-known song.
"Marry You" (Bruno Mars)
This tune makes us want to put on our dancing shoes. Shots of Patrón anyone?
"L-O-V-E" (Nat King Cole)
Who doesn't L-O-V-E this jazzy, swing classic?
"Better Together" (Jack Johnson)
Acoustic guitar lovers will love this 2005 hit.
"You and Me" (Dave Matthews Band)
An uplifting, melodic, optimistic song that's a top cake-cutting pick.
"Marry Me" (Train)
A very literal song essential to any wedding-day playlist.
"I Choose You" (Sara Bareilles)
We love its inspiring lyrics and sweet melody.
"Thinking Out Loud" (Ed Sheeran)
An enjoyable, soulful piece.
"Hit Me With Your Best Shot" (Pat Benatar)
Watch out, because the cake may fly with this empowering ballad.
"Something Just Like This" (The Chainsmokers and Coldplay)
A down-to-earth jam wrapped in a catchy pop song.
"All You Need Is Love" (The Beatles)
This classic rock 'n' roll tune will never die.
"A Thousand Years" (Christina Perri)
Appropriately, this one evokes all the feels.
"It Had to Be You" (Harry Connick Jr.)
There's no one else we'd want singing this jazzy cake-cutting number.
"Cruisin'" (Huey Lewis and Gwyneth Paltrow)
A feelgood remake of the Smokey Robinson classic that'll make you want to hop in the car, roll down the windows, and get going—after the wedding, of course.
"The Way I Am" (Ingrid Michaelson)
The perfect love letter to your new spouse.
"All of Me" (John Legend)
You might want to hand out tissues for this poetic song.
"What a Wonderful World" (Louis Armstrong)
While you're at it, save some tissues for this classic, too.
"Ho Hey" (The Lumineers)
This one's a light, indie-folk song that'll put the crowd in the right mood.
"1, 2, 3, 4 (I Love You)"( Plain White T's)
Simple strums and a whole lot of love abound in this straightforward melody.
"By Your Side" (Sade)
A soulful, reliable tear-jerker.
"From This Moment On" (Shania Twain)
Through weakness and strength... No truer words have ever been sung.
"Beautiful Day" (U2)
Sing along to this pop ditty on your wedding day, and every day thereafter.
"Loving You Easy" (Zac Brown Band)
Country-pop makes for an easy, breezy cake-cutting process.
"Adore You" (Miley Cyrus)
A slow, percussive beat makes this number a super-romantic one.
"How Will I Know" (Whitney Houston)
Playful and emotive, this pop hit will have all the guests singing and dancing.
This one features an acoustic guitar alongside the R&B artist's nice, lilt-y twang.
"Somos Dos" (Bomba Estéreo)
Love transcends any language, and this song from the heart is just groovy.
"I Could Fall in Love" (Selena)
Commence the cake-cutting, and then immediately hit the floor for a slow dance to this soft, soulful melody.
"Kiss Me" (Sixpence None the Richer)
Older millennials should definitely remember this pop hit from the 1999 movie, "She's All That," and the '90s TV show, "Dawson's Creek."
"One in a Million" (Aaliyah)
This late-songstress' hit is a soulful, sexy one that's ripe for a cake-cutting ceremony.
Another go-to love song fitting for the cake ceremony and the reception, too.