Putting together your wedding playlist is one of the best parts of planning your wedding. However, trying to account for all of your friend’s and family’s musical tastes can also be a bit stressful. Lucky for you, Bruno Mars is one of the most versatile musicians of this generation — something akin to a one-stop-shop of musical artists.
Over his nearly two-decade career, Mars has produced a musical catalog that infuses R&B, pop, soul, and reggae influences across multiple generations. This means that he’ll have a little something to please everyone at your wedding. So without further ado, here are 10 of the best Bruno Mars wedding songs.
“Rest of My Life” – Bruno Mars
Lyrics you’ll love: “Every day I wake up next to an angel/More beautiful than words could say/They said it wouldn’t work but what did they know?/’Cause years have passed and we’re still here today.”
With lyrics that could double as wedding vows, “Rest of My Life” is the first song on our list. A beautiful love song in the grand tradition of piano ballads, “Rest of My Life” is a beautiful and endearing ode to love.
Mars sings poetic lyrics with an affecting sincerity as the piano plays gently in the background. Use this tender ballad for either your first dance or bridal march and you can’t go wrong.
“Just The Way You Are” – Bruno Mars
Lyrics you’ll love: “Oh, her eyes, her eyes/Make the stars look like they’re not shinin’/Her hair, her hair/Falls perfectly without her tryin’/She’s so beautiful and I tell her every day/Yeah, I know, I know/When I compliment her, she won’t believe me.”
Sweet, romantic, and oh so catchy, “Just The Way You Are” is the perfect song to use to mark your first dance. During this 2010 hit, Mars croons over the object of his affection, singing affectionate platitudes about how utterly perfect she is.
Of course, every bride wants to feel this beautiful and special on her big day, which means that “Just The Way You Are” could also be a great song for your bridal procession. Proving just how versatile Bruno Mars’ music is, this beautiful tune could also work for your reception.
“Grenade” – Bruno Mars
Lyrics you’ll love: “I’d catch a grenade for ya (yeah, yeah, yeah)/Throw my hand on a blade for ya (yeah, yeah, yeah)/I’d jump in front of a train for ya (yeah, yeah, yeah)/You know I’d do anything for ya (yeah, yeah, yeah)/Oh, oh, I would go through all this pain/Take a bullet straight through my brain/Yes, I would die for ya, baby/But you won’t do the same.”
This sweet, romantic pop song might be an ideal choice for your pre-ceremony playlist. “Grenade” is a wonderful song about love and devotion. Fun and upbeat, Mars sings about his almost dangerous veneration of a woman he deeply loves.
The lyrics might be a bit dark at times, but Mars’ beautiful voice and the upbeat nature of the song make it enjoyable nonetheless. And since we all long for this type of devotion, this can be an excellent choice for your wedding playlist.
“24 Karat Magic” – Bruno Mars
Lyrics you’ll love: “I’m a dangerous man with some money in my pocket (keep up)/So many pretty girls around me and they waking up the rocket (keep up)/Why you mad, fix ya face, ain’t my fault y’all be jocking (keep up).”
If you’re looking for a song to get your guests up on the dance floor, then you have to include “24 Karat Magic” on your wedding playlist. Funky and upbeat with a bit of a retro 1970s vibe, this is an excellent song to play during your reception. With the multi-generational appeal, everyone will love this whether they are a Mars fan or not.
“Talking To The Moon” – Bruno Mars
Lyrics you’ll love: “At night when the stars light up my room/I sit by myself/Talking to the moon/Trying to get to you/In hopes you’re on the other side talking to me too/Or am I a fool who sits alone talking to the moon?”
With a warm dulcet, tune, and tender loving lyrics, this piano ballad is another perfect choice for your first dance wedding song. A power pop ballad with a bit of a Do-Woop sound, this sweet song is irresistible. Listening to these lyrics and Mars’ beautiful voice, it’s easy to close your eyes and picture a full white moon and high and romantic hanging in the sky.
It will be equally easy for your guest to picture you as you sway back, listening to these tender lyrics.
“Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
Lyrics you’ll love: This hit, that ice cold/Michelle Pfeiffer, that white gold/This one, for them hood girls/Them good girls, straight masterpieces/Stylin’, wildin’/Livin’ it up in the city/Got Chucks on with Saint Laurent/Gotta kiss myself, I’m so pretty.”
A fun, chart-topping pop-funk song, “Uptown Funk,” was everywhere when it came out. This popular tune topped the billboard hot 100 for 14 weeks straight, and it’s easy to see why. With fun lyrics and an upbeat tempo, it was an instant hit.
With Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, this playful party song will excite your guests and get them shaking it on the dance floor. And with lyrics designed to appeal to all ages, none of your guests will be disappointed.
“Versace On The Floor” – Bruno Mars
Lyrics you’ll love: “Let’s take our time tonight, girl/Above us all the stars are watchin’/There’s no place I’d rather be in this world/Your eyes are where I’m lost in/Underneath the chandelier/We’re dancin’ all alone/There’s no reason to hide/What we’re feelin’ inside/Right now.”
Out of all the songs on the list, this is one of my favorite first dance ballads. With beautiful lyrics evoking the starry night sky and a deep sense of abiding love, this tender dance song evokes the idea of star-crossed lovers finally meeting.
With emotionally stirring lyrics and a tender melody, this sensual song will be perfect for your first dance.
“Treasure” – Bruno Mars
Lyrics you’ll love: “Treasure, that is what you are/Honey, you’re my golden star/You know you can make my wish come true/If you let me treasure you/If you let me treasure/Oh, oh, oh.”
Fun and upbeat, “Treasure” will be a great choice for your recessional. This fun, lighthearted pop love song has just the vibe you need to close out your ceremony. With sweet, endearing lyrics and upbeat energy, you can’t go wrong with “Treasure.”
“Locked Out Of Heaven” – Bruno Mars
Lyrics you’ll love: “Never had much faith in love or miracles (Ooh)/Never wanna put my heart on the line (Ooh)/But swimming in your water’s something spiritual (Ooh)/I’m born again every time you spend the night (Ooh).”
Another fun one for the reception, “Locked Out of Heaven” is a great dance number. This reggae-pop tune with a funky new wave sound topped the Billboard hot 100 for 6 weeks and is recognizable as a good time in the first few notes.
Guaranteed to get your friends and family out on the dance floor, you can’t go wrong playing “Locked Out of Heaven” during your reception.
“Marry You” – Bruno Mars
Lyrics you’ll love: “Cause it’s a beautiful night, we’re looking for something dumb to do/Hey baby, I think I wanna marry you/Is it the look in your eyes or is it this dancing juice?/Who cares, baby, I think I wanna marry you, oh/I’ll go get a ring, let the choir bells sing like, ooh/So what ya wanna do? Let’s just run, girl/If we wake up and you wanna break up, that’s cool/No, I won’t blame you, it was fun, girl.”
Come on, you knew this one was coming! “Marry You,” the feel-good song frequently used for proposals around the world,” is the quintessential wedding song. Not only does the tempo balance out the romantic lyrics, but its popularity makes it easily recognizable within the first few notes.
You can play this fun, upbeat song for your recessional or, if you want, perhaps a non-traditional choice for your first dance.