Wedding Songs for the First Dance

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Your first dance is romantic and exciting.

Although it is often overlooked in wedding planning, the first dance wedding song is an important aspect of the big day. After all, this will be your first time dancing together as husband and wife. Long after you have forgotten the name of your caterer or the exact stitch of the bridesmaids' dresses, you will still remember the magic of that first dance.

Choosing a First Dance Wedding Song

If you and your future husband already have your song, then this will be easy. Your first dance together will evoke countless memories of shared moments involving your special song. What if you don't have a special song? If you dig a little deeper in your memory, you will probably find several songs appropriate for your first dance wedding song. Here are a few questions to help:

  • What song was playing the first time you met?
  • What song was playing the first time you danced?
  • What song was playing when he proposed?
  • What song was playing the first time you kissed?
  • What was the theme song for the first movie you watched together?
  • What is a special song from the first concert you attended as a couple?
  • What song was playing the first time you realized you were in love?
  • What song always makes you think of each other?

After answering these questions and reminiscing, chances are you will have several first dance wedding song candidates.

Popular First Dance Wedding Songs

If you are still having trouble picking a song for that first special dance, it might help to see what others have chosen. Here are several of the most popular first dance songs:

Country Wedding Songs

  • "I Do (Cherish You)," by Mark Wills
  • "Forever and Ever, Amen," by Randy Travis
  • "I Cross My Heart," by George Strait
  • "From This Moment," by Shania Twain and Bryan White
  • "My Best Friend," by Tim McGraw
  • "I Love the Way You Love Me," by John Michael Montgomery
  • "It's Your Love," by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
  • "Me and You," by Kenny Chesney
  • "When You Say Nothing At All," by Allison Krause
  • "Keeper of the Stars," by Tracy Byrd
  • "Lady," by Kenny Rogers
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Dance the night away.

Jazz Wedding Songs

  • "It Had to Be You," by Harry Connick, Jr.
  • "We Are in Love," by Harry Connick, Jr.
  • "Love and Marriage," by Frank Sinatra
  • "When I Fall in Love," by Nat King Cole
  • "Unforgettable," by Nat King Cole
  • "Since I Fell For You," by Al Jarreau
  • "We're in This Love Together," by Al Jarreau

R&B and Soul Wedding Songs

  • "At Last," by Etta James
  • "When a Man Loves a Woman," by Percy Sledge
  • "Here and Now," by Luther Vandross
  • "Don't Know Much," by Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt
  • "I Swear," by All 4 One
  • "Tonight I Celebrate My Love for You," by Roberta Flack and Peabo Bryson
  • "One Moment in Time," by Whitney Houston
  • "Still," by the Commodores
  • "On Bended Knee," by Boyz II Men
  • "Stand By Me," by Ben E. King
  • "You are My Lady," by Freddie Jackson
  • "You are So Beautiful," by Babyface

Rock and Pop Wedding Songs

  • "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," by Aerosmith
  • "Truly, Madly, Deeply," by Savage Garden
  • "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," by Elton John
  • "Unchained Melody," by the Righteous Brothers
  • "After All," by Peter Cetera and Cher
  • "Power of Love," by Celine Dion
  • "Eternal Flame," by the Bangles
  • "Groovy Kind of Love," by Phil Collins
  • "I'll Be," by Edwin McCain
  • "Love of a Lifetime," by Firehouse
  • "Never Tear Us Apart," by INXS
  • "She's Got a Way," by Billy Joel
  • "Wonderful Tonight," by Eric Clapton
  • "You're the Inspiration," by Chicago

Planning the First Dance

Now that you've chosen your first dance wedding song, you need to think about the dance itself. It's romantic to think you will glide effortlessly across the floor, but if one or both of you are hopeless on the dance floor, marriage won't change that. To avoid embarrassment at your reception, it is a good idea to practice your first dance. Don't worry that this will take away from the magic of the moment. It will still be your first time dancing together as husband and wife, and that in itself will be pure magic. The fairytale can only be improved by knowing how to dance.

Wedding Songs for the First Dance