Wedding songs are a big part of the success of your wedding night. The right music will make an everlasting impact on you and your friends and family by touching them emotionally and creating an atmosphere of joy and excitement. The wrong music could cause them to lose interest, start looking at their watch and heading for the exits (and the local bars) early. good for the bars, bad for you! One way to grab your guests and get them hooked into the night is to kick it all off with a awesome first dance song.
The wedding first dance songs you’ve heard or have seen other couples dance to over and over again are the exact ones you will want to avoid. Many couple feel they want to “play it safe” and not “offend anyone” so you, as a guest, get to watch them rock back and forth to At Last by Etta James, Amazed by Lonestar, or the ultimate played out song, Unchained Melody! There is such a great variety of music to select from, there is no reason why you can’t consider unique wedding first dance songs that are more about you, the newlyweds, than about what you’re “supposed to do.” Feel free to use “air quotes” if you are reading this out loud.
So, to find the best best wedding first dance songs you will need to start with you. Many couples have a song that they heard a lot when they started dating or perhaps a song that they first danced to while shooting pool at Ed’s Billiards. The songs you come up with may not sound like first dance songs, but the bottom line is, who cares? Your closest friends and family will appreciate your first dance more if it is a song that is meaningful versus a song that fits the first dance category. Of course, if the song is Enter Sandman by Metallica, you should probably go with the second song you ever danced together to!
If you don’t have a song or can’t find one that fits, it is possible to search for one that may be less meaningful but will fulfill the role. Try to come up with the most romantic songs that fits with your personalities–one that fits with who you two are as a couple–and select one from that list. It’s okay if the song is a little faster than you expected. I had an older couple use You’re Still The One by Orleans and it rocked the house. Talk about a fun kick off to the dancing! The floor was packed after that.
Besides all the classic love songs, there are a lot of standards that aren’t tired. Here are a few from the Wedding Songs Timeline Planner.
All My Life – Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville
Better Together – Jack Johnson
Chances Are – Martina McBride & Bob Seger
Crazy Love – Van Morrison
First Day Of My Life – Bright Eyes
Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman – Bryan Adams
I Do (Cherish You) – Mark Wills
Only You (And You Alone) – Platters
True Companion – Marc Cohn
We Are Man And Wife – Michelle Featherstone
When A Man Loves A Woman – Percy Sledge
When I Fall In Love – Celine Dion & Clive Griffin
Sure, some of them may be considered “cheesy” (break out those air quotes!) but they may spark an idea for other songs by those artists or other song titles that come close. Take a listen to them and see if any fit with what you’re looking for. Keep in mind, these are some of the more generic titles so you get a feel of what first dance songs typically sound like. But if you know me, I am not a big fan of typical. And there are always new songs coming out everyday.
I Need You – Lady Antebellum
Everytime We Touch – Casada
Two Is Better than One – Boys Like Girls ft. Taylor Swift
I Belong To You – Muse (Strange song for my strange couples!)
Fallin’ For You – Colbie Caillat
Count On Me – Bruno Mars (Fun!)
Heaven Sent – Keyhsia Cole
The Only Exception – Paramore
Share My Life – Kem (Coolest R&B song EVER)
Rhythm Of Love – Plain White T’s
And so many more. I hope you consider the Wedding Songs Timeline Planner as your source for your wedding planning music, tips, and ideas! And I hope these lists and tips get you moving on finding an awesome first dance song for your wedding!