First Dance Songs I Love Right Now

I started writing this post over the weekend, after my ohmygoshamazing wedding.  It obviously took me a few days.  I also realized that I’m severely behind on posting.  Like, I still have weddings to blog from last fall, behind.  When I get busy with planning weddings, posting on my blog sort of goes by the way side.  I also have been furiously working on my website (good news: content is almost all done…  bad news: design doesn’t work…  back to the drawing board!).

Anyway, I was thinking a lot about wedding songs.  First dance songs in particular.  Couples so often want them to sum up their relationship in one neat and tidy bow, or be the “theme” on which their reception is built.  First dance songs can be meaningful in other ways to the couple (first song you danced to, silly song you sing to each other, etc.), but for the couple who doesn’t have “a song,” it can be a challenge to agree on something.

So I made a list.  Of some of my favorite songs for first dances.  Just some of my favorites now.  It’s not exhaustive (I know for a fact I’m missing a huge swath of older R&B, pop, country, and swing, for example).  But I tried to go for songs that you might not have heard yet, or considered (although I did sprinkle a few of my “tried and true” songs into the list).

I found myself writing, “I love these lyrics!” over and over again, so I’m just listing the songs.  But you can bet that the lyrics are either adorable, romantic, or otherwise perfect for a wedding:

  • “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
  • “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds
  • “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts
  • “Giving Up” by Ingrid Michaelson
  • “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol
  • “At the Beginning” by Richard Marx and Donna Lewis (from the Anastasia soundtrack)
  • “Only Hope” by Switchfoot or Mandy Moore
  • “One and Only” by Adele
  • “I Could Not Ask for More” by Edwin McCain
  • “She’s Under My Skin” by Peter Bradley Adams
  • “You Are Everything” by Matthew West
  • “She is Love” by Parachute
  • “Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop” by Landon Pigg
  • “After Tonight” by Justin Nozuka
  • “I’ll Follow You” by John McLaughlin
  • “Till Kingdom Come” by Coldplay
  • “She’s Everything” by Brad Paisley
  • “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain
  • “The Day Before You” by Matthew West
  • “Stay With You” by John Legend
  • “Glitter in the Air” by Pink
  • “Then” by Brad Paisley
  • “Lucky” by Cobie Calliat and Jason Mraz
  • “Look After You” by The Fray
  • “This” by Darius Rucker
  • “With This Ring” by Kenny Loggins
  • “Answered Prayer” by Keri Noble
  • “Would You Go With Me” by Josh Turner
  • “They Bring Me to You” by Joshua Radin

What songs would you add to this list?