First Dance Song Ideas for Your Wedding

Choosing your first dance song as husband and wife can be difficult especially if you two don’t have a special song. While there are millions of songs to choose from, it is important to choose one that is meaningful and reflects your personality as a couple. The first dance is usually one of the most photographed events at any wedding and something that lingers on people’s minds. It is an important ritual that reflects the love and commitment you share. Choose a song you can both relate to or one that evokes good memories. Take time to practice your dance steps a few times before the wedding and even take lessons from professionals if you aren’t a good dancer. If you are short of first dance song ideas, here are some excellent choices.

Timeless Classics

If you want a timeless classic, there are many to choose from. These songs are often chosen for first dances in weddings and usually feature heartfelt lyrics and wedding imagery associated with marriage and love.


They include:

Etta James, “At Last”

Nat King Cole, “Unforgettable”

Diana Ross and Lionel Richie, “Endless Love”

Elvis Presley, “Can't Help Falling in Love”

Louis Armstrong, “What a Wonderful World”

Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle, “A Whole New World”

Frank Sinatra, “The Way You Look Tonight”

Michael Feinstein, “A Kiss is Just a Kiss”

Harry Connick Jr, “It had to be You”

The Righteous Brothers, “Unchained Melody”

Unique Songs

If you are nothing like regular brides and grooms, you can stray from the norm and choose something totally unique. Be original in choosing your first dance song and go for something that will surprise and wow your guests. Songs in this category include:

The Smashing Pumpkins, “Luna

Prince, “Forever in my Life"

The Cure, “I Will Always Love You”

Lauryn Hill, “Too Good to be True” (a soulful rendition of Frankie Valli’s classic).

Modern Love Songs

Choose a popular song for your first dance if you want something a little more modern. Pick from these favorites:

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, “It's Your Love”

Edwin McCain, “Could not Ask for More”

K-Ci and JoJo, “All my Life”

Nick Lachey, “This I Swear”

All 4 One, “I Swear” (also done by John Montgomery)

The first dance you share as newlyweds is a very special moment. Take time to think about the song and discuss it with your partner. Once you've agreed on a song, do a couple of rehearsals to learn the movements. You can get your special song from movies, musicals, or even the radio. Choose something romantic that shows the love you have for each other and you'll be sure to impress all your guests. 

February 23, 2015
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