In Honor of ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,’ Here Are Abba Songs for Every Wedding Planning Stage

How could we resist you?
by Emily Cieslak
Mamma Mia! cast
Universal Pictures

Ten years after Sophie and Dominic tied the knot on the Greek island of Kalokairi, Mamma Mia! is back with a sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, hitting box offices today. As we sing along in the theater, we can’t help but think how ABBA, the 1970s group behind the songs in the musical, wrote the perfect playlist to go along with every stage of planning your wedding. Turn up the tunes and get the get the creative juices flowing.

“I Have a Dream”: Imagining Your Dream Wedding Way in Advance

Let’s be honest: You already have your dream wedding completely planned in your head. Do you know how you’ll afford it all yet? No. You just know that “When the time is right for me / I'll cross the stream / I have a dream.”


“Mamma Mia”: Falling in Love With “The One”

With lyrics like, “How can I resist you?” and “There’s a fire within my soul,” this song completely captures lasting love with your partner—through thick and thin—and realizing they may be the one.


“Take a Chance on Me”: The Proposal

Getting ready to pop the big question? Add this song to your pump-up playlist. When you get down on one knee, you’re simply asking your partner to take a chance. Sure, choosing to spend the rest of your life with someone is no easy decision, but you know your “Love is strong enough to last when things are rough / It's magic.”


“Money, Money, Money”: When Staying on Budget Isn’t So Funny

Ah money, money, money. Ain’t it funny how easy it can add up? All you wanted were some feathers on your wedding dress, and now you’re looking at a price tag of $5,000. Should you cut down the guest list or the menu? ABBA wasn’t wrong when they sang, “All the things I could do/ If I had a little [more] money.”


“Knowing Me Knowing You”: Breaking Up With Your Dream Venue

The crisis you dreaded most just came true: Your dream venue is booked for, like, eternity. Letting go and moving on can feel like a breakup, but there is nothing you can do. “Knowing me, knowing you /It's the best [you] can do.”


“Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!”: The Inevitable Wedding Planning Breakdown

Your bridesmaids haven’t ordered their dresses yet. Half of your guests still haven’t RSVP’d. And you can’t choose between ivory or white linens. At one point during your wedding planning, you’re going to feel like nothing is going right, and you just want someone to “gimme gimme gimme” all the answers.


“Super Trooper”: Waiting for Your Partner to Walk Down the Aisle

“So I'll be there when you arrive / The sight of you will prove to me I'm still alive /And when you take me in your arms / And hold me tight / I know it's gonna mean so much tonight.” Enough said.


“I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do”: Saying Your Vows at the Altar

Because one “I do” isn’t enough to express how excited you are to finally tie the knot.


“Dancing Queen”: Getting Down on the Dance Floor

You’ve smiled, hugged and cried your way through your wedding day, and now it’s time to get down because the “night is young and the music’s high.” No party playlist is complete without this disco hit.


“Honey Honey”: The Honeymoon

Don’t just think we chose this song for your honeymoon because of its name. The lyrics are precisely on point when the bells have already rung and you can’t wait to get away with your new spouse. “There's no other place in this world where I rather would be.” Why? “You’re a love machine.”

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