First Dance Songs for Weddings: How to Choose the Ultimate Wedding Song

first dance songs for weddingsYou have dreamt about it since you were little — swaying back and forth at your wedding with the love of your life to the song that best describes your relationship with your new life partner.  With all the choices that are out there, how do you pick the perfect first dance song for your wedding?  You might love “Your Song” by Elton John, but you are pretty sure it has been used time and time again.  If you are looking for some unique first dance songs for weddings, or just a good list to choose from, we have some suggestions for you.  Get ready to pick out the best tune for you and your new spouse to remember as husband and wife!

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How to Choose A First Dance Song

Before we get into some perfect first dance songs for your wedding, first take a look at how to go about choosing one.

  1. Think about your relationship:  Your relationship with your new soon to be husband or wife is unique to both of you, and there are memories and moments that you have shared together that will last a lifetime.  Pick out a few songs that you think you might be interested in and really listen to the lyrics of the song.  Find lyrics that can relate to your relationship, regardless if they are weird or not!  Try not to pick a song just because you like the tune.   Listen to a song all the way through and make sure that the lyrics and the overall theme of the song effectively relates to your relationship.
  2. Choose a song that you can dance to:  People tend to choose slow and soulful melodies for their first songs because they are the easiest to slow dance to.  Make sure that the song you have in mind is not going to have you jumping around the dance floor or have a tempo that can cause you any trouble.  If you do, however, make sure that both you and your spouse are comfortable with moving to that specific beat.  Remember – the both of you will be the only ones on the dance floor!  If you are unsure if a song is going to be danceable or not, try to dance to it and see how you feel.  Also, keep in mind that there will probably be people ready to snap some pictures of you dancing, so choose something that you are comfortable with being documented dancing to.
  3. Decide how it will be played:  Some people have bands or DJs at their wedding.  If you have a band, make sure that they are comfortable playing the song for you.  If you have a DJ, fill them in on your song choice and see if they have any suggestions.  You might not want to stray too far from your overall playlist that is going to be going throughout the reception.
  4. Keep it memorable:  Keep in mind that you and your spouse are going to remember your first dance, and the song that was played, for the rest of your life.  You will probably resort back to the song during anniversaries or pivotal occasions in your life.  Thus, you are going to want a song that will not get old or overplayed down the road.

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Class First Dance Song Suggestions

Here are some classic wedding song suggestions that are still going strong:

  • “At Last” (Etta James)
  • “As Time Goes By” (from Casablanca)
  • “Come Rain or Come Shine” (Ray Charles)
  • “Because You Loved Me” (Celine Dion)
  • “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (Elton John)
  • “Can’t Help Falling In Love” (Elvis Presley)
  • “Chances Are” (Johnny Mathis)
  • “Close To You” (The Carpenters)
  • “Could I Have This Dance?” (Anne Murray)
  • “Dream A Little Dream” (Mamas & the Papas)
  • “Embraceable You” (Nat King Cole)
  • “Endless Love” (Diana Ross & Lionel Richie)
  • “Fascination” (Jane Morgan)
  • “Fever” (Peggy Lee)
  • “Forever and Ever, Amen” (Randy Travis)
  • “Forever” (Kenny Loggins)
  • “From This Moment” (Shania Twain & Brian White)
  • “Grow Old With Me” (Mary Chapin Carpenter)
  • “Here And Now” (Luther Vandross)
  • “I Finally Found Someone” (Barbra Streisand & Bryan Adams)
  • “I Only Have Eyes For You” (The Flamingos)
  • “I Will” (The Beatles)
  • “If I Loved You” (from Carousel)
  • “In My Life” (The Beatles)
  • “It Had To Be You” (Harry Connick, Jr.)
  • “Lady In Red” (Chris DeBurgh)
  • “Love Theme To Romeo & Juliet” (from Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet)
  • “Marry Me” (Neil Diamond & Buffy Lawson)
  • “One Moment In Time” (Whitney Houston)
  • “Our Love Is Here To Stay” (Billie Holiday)
  • “So This Is Love” (James Ingram)
  • “Some Enchanted Evening” (from South Pacific)
  • “Something” (The Beatles)
  • “Somewhere” (from West Side Story)
  • “The Best Is Yet To Come” (Frank Sinatra)
  • “The Rose” (Bette Midler)
  • “Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You” (Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson)
  • “True” (Spandau Ballet)
  • “Unforgettable” (Nat King Cole)
  • “Up Where We Belong” (Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warrens)
  • “Wedding Song (There Is Love)” (Captain & Tennille)
  • “Wedding Song (There is Love)” (Petula Clark)
  • “We’ve Got Tonight” (Bob Seger)
  • “We’ve Only Just Begun” (The Carpenters)
  • “When I Fall In Love” (Nat King Cole)
  • “Will You Marry Me?” (Vonda Shepard)
  • “Woman” (John Lennon)
  • “Wonderful World” (Louis Armstrong)
  • “You Are So Beautiful” (Joe Cocker)
  • “Your Song” (Elton John)

Current First Dance Songs Suggestions

Here are some current popular favorites to keep in mind:

  • “Everything” (Michael Buble)
  • “My Best Friend” (Tim Mcgraw)
  • “Make You Feel My Love” (Adele)
  • “Wanted” (Hunter Hays)
  • “God Gave Me You” (Blake Shelton)
  • “Better Together” (Jack Johnson)
  • “Then” (Brad Paisley)

Memorable Melodies

Remember that all eyes will be on you, so be sure to choose a song that incorporates personal significance with the ability to be able to move to properly on the dance floor.  Pick you tune and start practicing your moves!