A Playlist Inspired by Meghan Markle's Getting-Ready Music

Dreamy and relaxed songs from the 1950s to incorporate into your big day.

A Playlist Inspired by Meghan Markle's Getting-Ready Music

Photo: Chris Bailey Photography

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Photo by Chris Bailey Photography; Planning & Design by Ann Whittington, Event Planner

The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been married for a week now, but we still can’t get enough of the royal wedding! There are about a million different ways we’d love to emulate Meghan Markle as a bride, and one easy way is to embrace the music she listened to while preparing for her nuptials. Her makeup artist and longtime friend Daniel Martin revealed to People magazine that she relaxed with classic tunes from the 1950s. Though we don’t know the exact songs she listened to, the playlist likely included tracks from artists such as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, The Drifters, Buddy Holly, Four Tops, and The Platters. It should come as no surprise that this era of music appeals to the Duchess, as “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King was performed by a gospel choir during the ceremony. 

Even if you’d prefer something more modern and upbeat while getting ready with your bridesmaids, songs from the ‘50s can also be a great fit for your ceremony, cocktail hour, first dance, or father-daughter dance. Here are some options to consider:  

"Earth Angel" - The Penguins

"It Had to Be You" - Billie Holiday

"When I Fall in Love" - Nat "King" Cole

"Dream a Little Dream of Me" - Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

"You Send Me" - Sam Cooke

"There Goes My Baby" - The Drifters

"Love Me Tender" - Elvis Presley

"Everyday" - Buddy Holly

"Pledging My Love" - Johnny Ace

"Only You (And You Alone)" - The Platters

Learn more about the music from at the royal wedding and tunes for your summer nuptials

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