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The Ultimate Wedding Songs for a Destination Wedding

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Dylan and Damita take a post-wedding stroll in St. Bart's

Dylan and Damita walk the aisle in St. Bart's

A destination wedding in a tropical locale calls for an equally groovy playlist. (There's just something about "Baby Got Back" that doesn't quite hit the right note at the beach. Or anywhere, really.) Here, we've culled together the best sunshine-y beats to make planning your destination wedding playlist as easy as an island breeze.


"Here Comes The Sun" - Nina Simone

Use this slowed-down version of the Beatles' classic for your walk down the aisle. Extra points if the aisle is on sand, and you're barefoot.


"Love Like This" - Wild Belle

This brother-sister Chicago duo churns out one reggae-inflected groove after another, and this one off their debut is ideal for post-ceremony drinks. (You're serving rum, right?)

"Chick-A Boom" - Van Morrison

There's a distinct vacation-y feel to this number, and it's upbeat enough for a spin on the dance floor. Or, let it rock cocktail hour.

"My Blue Heaven" - Norah Jones

A solid first dance option, Jones' smooth crooning sets the scene for a laid-back affair.


"#Beautiful" - Mariah Carey and Miguel

Remember the swingy, summertime feeling of Mariah's "Always Be My Baby?" Here, along with R&B singer Miguel, she updates it for this sunny love song that's a perfect soundtrack to cake-cutting.


"I Belong To You" - Lenny Kravitz

This groove is a little sultry, a little sweet, and totally first-dance appropriate for a sway underneath palm trees.


"Dance To The Music" - Sly & The Family Stone

The horns and guitar in this '60s psychedelic soul anthem will have your entire party on the dance floor to follow the instructions of its infectious chorus.


"La Bamba" - Richie Valens

Sorry, I couldn't resist. But I'm guessing that you and your guests won't be able to either, especially after a few Dark and Stormies.


Get more wedding song inspiration here.


Comments (4)

  • "La Bamba", love it! Just can't think of a empty dancefloor with that song being played!

  • I also love "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole. It has such an awesome island vibe.

  • It's heartbreaking that Erin and Gabe didn't have this awesome playlist before they married in Barbados this past weekend!!!

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