Wedding Ideas: First Dance Songs (1 -10)

As I wrote earlier this week, wedding planning is quite the hobby for Matthew and I at the moment.  While we are still a smidge over a year away from the big day, teaching having the Jekyll and Hyde schedule it does, we are keen to get lots of things sorted during this quieter season.

One of the funnest parts for us both is thinking about music – we are both proper music geeks so doing it ourselves was an easy choice to make, and I keep adding songs to our ‘travel’ (for the coaches betwixt church and reception), ‘cocktails and mingling’ and ‘party’ lists.  Heavy on the cheese, of course!

Another fun element is choosing a first dance song.  I have long known what I would hope my second dance at my wedding would be (bridesmaids, you ready?), but the first?  Now that’s a whole other kettle of fish.  Matthew and I have been having great fun sending each other links and ideas, and that gave me the idea to do a series of blog posts about first dance songs – a mix of the traditional, the quirky, the fun and the unusual.  As a bride to be I am picking up so many cool ideas from the blogs, lists and websites of others – so I thought it was time I did some sharing of my own!  Herewith the first ten awesome first dance choices (with youtube links for your delectation!).

I’d love to hear in the comments what you chose as your first dance / what you’d like to use / any memorable first dance songs!

1. Better Together – Jack Johnson

I have been to three weddings where this has been used. So cute!

 2. Marry You – Bruno Mars

Such a sweet, silly song. The Glee version is super too, but it makes me a little teary now.

3. Big Casino – Jimmy

For those wishing to embrace the gamble of loving.

4. Something Changed – Pulp

One of my favourite songs, ever. Totally captures the ‘what if…’, and the lush strings are gorgeous.

5. Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Just one of the prettiest performances. Would be perfect for a chill, summer or beach wedding.

6. 1, 2, 3, 4 – Feist

Quirky and sweet – I’ve never been to a wedding where it’s been used, but I think it’s ripe for the picking!

7. Stand By Me – Ben E King

I was listening to the radio the other night when this came on. I think it would make a gorgeous first dance.

8. Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison

And oldie and a goodie. There’s even a Rod Stewart version….

9. No One’s Gonna Love You – Band of Horses

“But no one is ever gonna love you more than I do…”

The title sounds all kinds of dark, but the song and lyrics are actually wicked sweet.

10. I Only Wanna Be With You – Dusty Springfield

Short. Sweet. Uptempo. I would love to see this used as a first dance!

So that’s part 1….part 2 to follow!


  1. Riot Kitty
    18th July 2013 / 3:48 am

    I like Stand By Me. Wow, we were so no-frills (I can't handle any of my own events, just other peoples') we didn't even think about music (you don't when you get married by a judge with six people, haha!)

    • Claire T
      18th July 2013 / 5:03 pm

      I love small, chill weddings. If we weren't doing what we are, it would have been an elopement to Vegas!

  2. Riot Kitty
    18th July 2013 / 3:49 am

    Although if I had to pick any song, I'd totally play the "500 Miles" song!

    • Claire T
      18th July 2013 / 5:03 pm

      Such a tune!

  3. Monica
    18th July 2013 / 4:23 pm

    You have to watch this since the song is on your list–I cry every time:'m not planning a wedding yet, but some personal favorites and potential first dances for mine:First Day of my Life–Bright Eyes Luckiest–Ben Folds

    • Claire T
      18th July 2013 / 5:05 pm

      Monica, that video is adorable! I love both of the songs you mention – they are already jotted done for a future post (for this is the first of many! :)).

    • Monica
      24th July 2013 / 4:18 pm

      I was glad to see Bright Eyes make an appearance in the new post 🙂 All the ones you've chosen are fantastic.

  4. ellieu
    20th July 2013 / 5:17 pm

    We had Snow Patrol's Chasing Cars – it was in the charts when we first began dating, it was the first band we saw together, it was one of the albums we loved to listen to and so it was so weaved into memories of our life together that it was an easy choice.Our second choice was Coldplay's "Til Kingdom Come" which is a beautiful song!

    • Claire T
      23rd July 2013 / 3:49 pm

      How sweet! I love your choices!

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