October 29, 2018
I love the first dance wedding tradition – it’s a super sweet way to enjoy each other’s company and it’s a nice way to transition from cocktail hour to the reception, letting your guests know the dance floor is open. I get so excited when couples choose a song that’s really personal or that’s as original as they are, but I’m surely not the only one who longs for a little more variety, amirite? Here are some of my favorite first-dance-worthy songs.
Because surely I’m not the only one that’s OBSESSED with Anastasia.
I totally love the original by The Cure, but Adele’s version is a little slower and a little more soulful and it’s perfect for a slow dance.
If you have a rocker edge but still want to have a sweet, but not overly mushy first dance jam, this one is for you.
Ukelele. That is all. But seriously, I love her quirky, off-beat music style and her voice is incredible.
Not the dance-pop hit from the early 2000’s, but the original that DJ Sammy sampled. If you’re not familiar, go give it a listen.
I distinctly remember taking this album cover to my hairstylist in middle school and walking away with a few auburn highlights and being so upset that I didn’t look as cool as Kelly – but this song is truly beautiful and I don’t think it’s been on the most played wedding song playlist in quite a while so rather than it being an overplayed annoyance, it will be a refreshing throwback.
This is such a classic song. Just know that if you play this as your first dance song, all of your guests will sing the words to you.
I think Billie Holiday is one of the greatest songstresses of all time! She has so much emotion in her voice and when you listen to her songs, you feel what she was feeling. I remember being 17 and driving around with my sunroof open and listening to Billie Holiday on repeat – none of my friends got it then.
Or, if you’re a HUGE One Tree Hill nerd like I am, play the Bethany Lenz and Tyler Hilton version. If country is more your speed, Tim McGraw also did a great cover of this one.
This one is a little more up-tempo, but it’s super sweet without being overly emotional so if getting sappy isn’t your thing, you’ll like this one.