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Sunday, March 02, 2008

Wedding First Dance

Dear readers, my friend has a pressing question: What is a great wedding first dance song? She is getting married in August and is looking for a romantic song, but all the ones she likes seem to have depressing lyrics! Any ideas, my lovelies?


maggienikole said...

that's a hard one, i've always though beautiful tonight by eric clapton should be in there somewhere. but, i'm not sure about for the first song.

erica said...

I feel a bit silly suggesting 'The Book of Love' by the Magnetic Fields because it was in 'Shall We Dance', but I still love it so much.

We didn't have a first dance song at our wedding, but that would have been a contender.

Dump's cover of 'Everlasting Love' is very sweet (kazoos!), and I'm sure there has to be something by the Kinks that would be lovely...

I'm not a huge fan of Bright Eyes, but 'First Day of My Life,' is really touching.

Leslie said...

We used "Breathe Me" by Sia for our first dance song, because it's "our song."

Another good choice is "The Luckiest" by Ben Folds.

My suggestion is that she use a song that means something to her and her fiance.

Kathryn said...

"Heavenly Day" by Patti Griffin is one of my favorites! Or how about "These Are The Days" by Van Morrison?

Joanna Goddard said...

i LOVE first day of my life. funnily enough, it's the only bright eyes song i own (and maybe have even heard), but it is so beautiful.

Robin said...

Gavin DeGraw has a couple of good ones, "More than Anyone" and "Meaning" are good, but better from his "chariot stripped/acoustic" album.
There is always "Grow Old With Me"...and even though it's cheesy, I really like "Look After You" by The Fray, because I think it's so romantic and has a great beat for slow dancing.

lizardek said...

Ours was "Wander Where You Wander" by Rebecka Törnqvist. It'll make everyone mist up :)

Sara said...

I like "At Last" by Etta James. It's always struck me as a perfectly romantic song for a wedding.

Joanna Goddard said...

these are a little fast-paced, but it might be fun to play:

Can't Take My Eyes Off You, Frankie Valli
You Are the Sunshine of My Life, Stevie Wonder

lbs said...

is this first dance for the couple?

if so, Songbird by Eva Cassidy. such a beautiful song and such a beautiful voice

Jordan said...

Ours was 'Love Me Tender' by Elvis. I also love 'Sunshine of My Life' ... that was a contender.

Jo said...

I agree with "At last"...I walked down the aisle to it...
or "What a wonderful world" or "you belong to me" bob fun and stressful to pick the special songs

Mme. Fabuleux said...

I love Ryan Adam's song "Two". I'm an indie-a-holic, but I do love this song so much. It's a little indie, mostly acoustic. It's really beautiful and when I listen to it- and hear his voice... I get goose bumps.

I also love Radiohead's - All I Need
Landon Pigg, Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop
Elton John... Your Song
David Gray.. This Year's Love
Nick Drake.. Northern Sky

:) And congrads to the happy couple!

michelle said...

We used "Garden in the Rain" by Diana Krall...still sends shivers down my spine to hear it.

Leah said...

We danced to "Ice Cream" by Sarah MacLachlan ("your love is better than ice cream ... "). But that *was* 13 years ago.

Oh, and my husband walked up the aisle to the Pixies' "Here Comes Your Man." That was fun.


Anna said...

our first dance was to "Sunday Kind of Love" by Etta James, which is the song my husband proposed to me with...

Joanna Goddard said...

here comes your man = genius!!!

Joanna Goddard said...

also, L, there's this list on the Knot:

Jessica said...

Hands down best wedding song is At Last by Etta James...soulful and it is about finding your true love.

jenny said...

the best ever:

Abbey Goes Design Scouting said...

L.O.V.E by Nate King Cole! (The french version)

airstreamdiva said...


It had to be you (big band style)
Embraceable you (big band)
What a wonderful world ... Louis Armstrong
People will say we're in Love ... as sung by Nancy Wilson (big band style)


The first time ever I saw your face by Roberta Flack
Anyone Else but You (from the movie Juno)

this is fun!!

Anonymous said...

Aussie artist LIOR - "This Old Love".... just beautiful!!

Jessie Cacciola said...

"By your side," Sade...
- Jessie -

...or a slow acoustic version of a classic rock song, making it sound sweeter while maintaining the rawness that rock captures so well -- it would be familiar, but wouldn't sound overplayed.

Anonymous said...

a friend just emailed with the suggestion:
Try Frank Sinatra's "Polka Dots and Moonbeans" ...the 1961 recording.

Jessie Cacciola said..., "have i told you lately," Rod Stewart!

or take it way back with Louis Armstrong's "you go to my head" for something really slow.

Diana said...

My sister used the oldies song "Sea of Love" by Phil Phillips, but there is also a new version by Cat Powers. Great, happy love song!

Jess said...

It's an oldies song that isn't often played, but it's just dreamy and sweet and the lyrics are perfect for a wedding/first dance.

"Let Me Love You" by George Goodman and the Headliners.

An mp3 for preview can be found here:

And the lyrics are:

"Take me in your arms,
and let me love you.
I just want to love you
for the rest of my life.

Hold me oh so close
and look into my eyes
I need you to realize
that you really love me too.

I want to give you all my life
Darling, how am I to do this
unless you take me in your arms
and love me?

Take me in your arms
and let me love you.
I just want to love you
for the rest of my life.

I, yes, I want to give you all my life.
Darling, how am I how to do this,
unless you take me in your arms
and love me?

Take me in your arms
and let me love you.
I just want to love you
for the rest of my life.

For the rest of my life."

You really have to hear the song to get the full effect, but it's incredibly romantic.

laceyJ. said...

What about John Lennon's song 'God Bless Our Love?' Sooo beautiful!

Anonymous said...

We did "The Way You Make Me Feel" by Michael Jackson. Fun, poppy, good beat. I don't know about all these sappy indie love songs...

Kaylen said...

"love and some verses" - iron & wine
"sea of love" - cat power
"us" regina spektor
"i'm sticking with you" - velvet underground


libby said...

"this will be our year" by the zombies. the best.

Bethany Hissong said...

"Here Comes Your Man" is so much fun!!! "Everything" by Michael Buble, "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel, "I Melt with You" by Modern English... those are what I thought of off the top of my head. Love the Jackie O and Jack Kennedy photo!!

nicole said...

my aunt and uncle's first song was "cheek to cheek" sung by fred astaire. i still think it's ridiculously romantic, because my uncle was singing it to her, and they came out dancing and flirting. it was adorable.

Anonymous said...

Wild Horses by the Rolling Stones

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Sheila said...

Storybook Story by Mark Knopfler it was on the Princess Bride Soundtrack...

House of Milk said...

our first dance song was God Only Knows by the Beach Boys. It was classic, slow but not too slow, and oh so romantic.

Emily said...

How about "Prettiest Eyes" by Beautiful South or "I Will" by the Beatles? I really and truly love those songs.

Anonymous said...

i've never been married, but one day i'd like to chose between-
"the book of love- the magnetic fields
"i found a reason"- cat power
or "wild horses"

mamacita said...

"Here Comes the Sun" by George Harrison.

Keiko Lynn said...

Sorry this is so long. Here are some suggestions, off the top of my head:

I'm a big fan of humility, so the idea of this song being played at a wedding is so touching. It's called "I go to the barn," by Band of Horses. Here's a sample of the lyrics:
"Outside, by your doorstep, in a worn-out suit and tie. I'll wait for you to come down, where you'll find me, where we'll shine."

"Masterfade" by Andrew Bird is adorable and very couple-oriented.

"The Very Thought of You" - Billie Holiday's version

"Ice Age" - Pete Yorn

"Don't Let it Fade" - Sunday's Best ("trace around her lips, with his fingers he tries to draw on a she's all he sees, he stays awake to watch her breathe the unheard melodies, grace notes of her restless sleep. Hold me now, don't let it fade away from here. /// and now he's all she sees, she stays awake to watch him breathe, the unknown poetry, sweet sonnets of how it should be. Hold me now, don't let it fade away from here.")

but I'd have to say my number one pick is:
"Naked As We Came" - Iron and Wine. It's a beautiful song about growing old together, and you can't go wrong with Iron and Wine!

Bree said...

wonderful world by louis armstrong, and it's short and sweet so that you're not out there forever. :)

amanda said...

"Fields of Gold" by Eva Cassidy. So beautiful!

Lucía said...

"Cheek to cheek" by Frank Sinatra.

Sudie said...

our first dance was to Elton Johns "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" as it's 'our song' however a wedding I recently went to had "Somewhere over the Rainbow" which although it sounds twee was absolutely stunning - and I've always liked the idea of Neil Diamond's "Girl, You'll be a Woman Soon" but probably more for the comedy value...

clarisse said...

dire straits' romeo and juliet (the live version with the great saxophone and guitar),

or wonderful tonight by eric clapton, just because. :)

i'm only 20 this year, but i dream of dancing to these when i finally get married.

Anonymous said...

If I ever did have a wedding, the first dance would be 'Sea of Love' - but the Catpower version. It's such a beautiful song!

Jane said...

"have i told you lately" but by Van Morrison NOT Rod Stewart. Love it!

ALL THE BEST said...

Guess I am on the same page as airstreamdiva. We had a big band at our reception and our song was 'It Had to Be You'

Robin said...

I just remembered another one:
"Lovely Tonight" by Joshua Radin. So sweet and pretty! Listen to it on his myspace.

Paige said...

We danced to Come Away With Me By Norah Jones. It has the most romantic beginning. Also, All I Want Is You by U2 from Reality Bites is my all time favorite romantic song.

simplyolive said...

here's a great 1st dance:

layersofmeaning said...

my husband & I danced to "The Way you the things you do" by The Temptations and half way through the UB40 version took over(that's really our song!)

condenast said...

'What a Wonderful World' by Louis Armstrong is favourite song in the world. But Etta James' 'At Last' is up there too.

Francesca said...

under my skin - sinatra

Robin said...

We didn't have dancing at our wedding, but I walked down the aisle to a friend strumming In My Life by the Beatles on the guitar. To my mind, it is the perfect wedding song. It is romantic, but light and optimistic. Also all the guests usually know the song and that adds to the nice moment.

Jason said...

Best wedding dance song ever is:

Golddigger by Kanye West

followed closely by

Baby Got Back. by Sir Mix-A Lot.


SW said...

Toothpaste Kisses by the Maccabees. Just a sweet little lovesong!

laura_s said...

the way you look tonight, tony bennetts version

Dennise said...

I don't know if this has been suggested, but how about Crazy love by Van Morrison? I think that is such a sweet song.

Joanna Goddard said...

these are AMAZING suggestions. you guys are incredible!

my friend mike just recommended I'll Take You There by the staple singers. here's the youtube video, looks very fun:)

Anonymous said...

my husband and i danced to "if i should fall behind" by bruce springsteen. i personally think it's the ultimate "first dance" song.

Anna said...

Although it may sound cheesy, I love "When I First Saw You" from the Dreamgirls Soundtrack. There are two versions of it, one very acoustic and the other one a little more dramatic.

Jessica Claire said...

Oh Gosh!

Here are my top three:

God Only Knows (Beach Boys)
Jesus Etc (Wilco)
Favourite Book (Stars)

Anonymous said...

"never my love" by the association

Lali said...

At Last (My Love Has Come Along)
Mack Gordon/Harry Warren
At last, my love has come along,
My lonely days are over,
And life is like a song,

Ohhh at last
The stars above are blue
My heart was wrapped up in clover,
The night I looked at you

I found a dream that I could speak to,
A dream that I, can call my own,
I found a thrill, to press my cheek to,
A thrill that I, have never known,

Ohhh you smile, you smile
And then the spell was cast
And here we are in heaven,
for you are mine, at last!

Dude Can't Draw said...

Agreed on "At Last". That was our first dance. Worked especially well since we'd been together for 7 years before our wedding (started dating in high school).

Anonymous said...

The Very Thought of You.

Liz T.D. said...

My husband and I chose the classic Beatles "Here, There, and Everywhere" It's sweet but not cheesy. We unintentionally had a Beatles wedding. I walked down the aisle to an acoustic guitar playing "Here Comes the Sun" and we ended our ceremony with "I've Just Seen a Face". Just to mix it up we played Glen Phillips "Don't Need Anything" while we lit candles. That's also a good first dance song.

laura_s said...

what about the beatles "love you forever"

laura_s said...

what about the beatles "love you forever"

Sasha said...

My husband and I danced to an acoustic version of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Maps. My friend just told me today that she heard the song somewhere and it reminded her of our wedding.

tracy said...

all of my days by alexi murdoch.

Heather said...

Stacey Kent singing "They All Laughed" - it's such a sweet one, and she's fantastic. Gershwin!

"They all laughed at Rockefeller Center, now they're fighting to get in

They all laughed at Whitney and his cotton gin

They all laughed Fulton and his steamboat, Hershey and his chocolate bar

Ford and his Lizzie, kept the laughers busy, that's how people are

They laughed at me wanting you, said it would be, "Hello, Goodbye."

But oh, you came through, now they're eating humble pie

They all said we'd never get together, darling, let's take a bow

For ho, ho, ho! Who's got the last laugh?

Hee, hee, hee! Who's got the last laugh now?"

Laura said...

My husband and I are big nature lovers so we used John Denver's Annie's Song last year for our first dance (was very popular in the 70s):

You fill up my senses like a light in the forest, like a mountain in springtime, like a walk in the rain, like a storm in the desert, like a sleepy blue ocean, you fill up my senses, come fill me again

come let me love you, let me give my life to you, let me drown in your laughter, let me die in your arms, let me lay down beside you, let me give my life to you, come let me love you, come love me again

tiaraco said...

Somewhere Over the Rainbow...great message and I believe it is in every Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan movie

Anonymous said...

Ours was "I Must Have Done Something Good," from The Sound of Music.

With a Flourish said...

We danced to "64" by the Beatles... upbeat & unusual, but was great!

By far the best idea I have ever seen is the one in this video:

So creative!

erin said...

how about "come fly with me" by frank sinatra?

Anonymous said...

Marry me by Neil Diamond!!

Anonymous said...

My best friend used " Never Tear us Apart" by INXS

xola loves... said...

i'm a little late but i really like royal wood's i'm so glad. it's going to be my friend's first dance song.

WendyB said...

Can't help her unless she's from Jersey because I danced to "Jersey Girl"!

Anonymous said...

my first dance was to jackie wilson's "lonely teardrops" -
it wasn't planned but my husband knew i loved the song and we had such a good time dancing to it.

xola loves... said...

also "you belong to me" by bob dylan.

all*over*print said...


Joanna Goddard said...

these are soooo amazing, thank you so much! my friend emailed to say she is downloading them all through iTunes--she has so many incredibly choices! i'm excited to see what she picks....

Marcie Greene said...

I think our wedding song was the best - "somersault" by zero 7, sung by Sia.

Anonymous said...

My SIL + BIL danced to Regina Spektor's cover of 'Real Love' - I loved it! Such a beautiful song, and i loved that it wasn't girly..

Thea Orange said...

With whom to dance - Magnetic fields. It is so sweet.

leenabean said...

wow. as the friend Jo mentioned, i feel like I have to comment here. all these ideas are incredible. what a creative bunch of readers...I'm not sure which song i'm going with yet, but I'll let you know when i do. thanks, JoJo (and cup of jo)!

Good-Grace said...

In agreement with several others... I love Etta James' song "At Last". (I think Celine Dion has also done a version of it.)

Thanks for posting this gorgeous picture. I am perpetually in love with the images of the Kennedy's and our American Camelot.

Sarah said...

Hello sweet Jo! Thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog. I am sorry I am late to this post but it has been great fun reading all of the suggestions!
I agree with:
The Luckiest by Ben Folds
In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel

What about All You Need Is Love by The Beatles or the version from Love Actually
It Had to Be You by Frank or Harry Connick Jnr
Strangers in the Night by Frank Sinatra. Actually pretty much any Sinatra would be great!
We Are in Love by Harry Connick Jnr! Quite jazzy, so perfect for lots of twists and dips. They could really show off their fancy footwork.
The Sweetest Thing by U2
Just Like Heaven by The Cure
and my fave - Islands in the Stream by Dolly & Kenny.
My friend's first song at her wedding dance was Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice!

Nicole@Glamorous Living said...

Our first dance was to Van Morrison's "into the mystic"

mamacita said...

"Into the Mystic" is for the honeymoon night! That has to be one of the sexiest songs of all time.

Chelsea said...

Our first song was "Over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole which is such a great upbeat version! I heard it at another wedding a few years ago and fell in love with it. Our second choice was another great song..."When you say nothing at all" by Alison Krause. Good luck and let us know what you choose!

Leanne said...

"Let's Do It" a Cole Porter song. We danced to the version sung by Billie Holiday - it was upbeat and tremendous fun to dance to!

Mandy said...

"You Send Me" by Sam Cooke. I loooove that one.

Anonymous said...

sting's version of "my one and only love" is perfect. i don't know who originally sang this....

Anonymous said...

Whatever you do, don't choose "At Last" by Etta James. Sooooo predictable. Everyone will roll their eyes inside!

d.Sharp said...

Our first dance was "My Baby Just Cares For Me" by Nina Simone.

Juliet said...

I don't really have any suggestions and this is a little off topic, but speaking of the pixies, I lost my virginity to here comes your just happened to be playing on the telly at the time but it was rather appropriate!

And to the person who said Dire Straights Romeo and Juliet...I"m pretty sure you wouldnt be saying that if your name was in fact Juliet...plenty of jokes were made at my expense to the lyrics "when we made love, you used to cry" at high school! Altho my current boyfriend put it on a mix cd for me and i realised it is a lovely song!

Joanna Goddard said...

wow, juliet! that is hilarious and so appropriate.

Meghan said...

"My Love for You is Real" by Ryan Adams and the Cardinals. Slow enought to dance to, sweet lyrics, but still unique.

My love for you is real
It moves like a summer breeze
My love for you is strong
Lord it brings me to my knees

Its born in the wild
This real love
Love strong
True love is ours
Honey now
My love for you is real

My love for you is gone
Candy sweet and thunder strange
My love for you is wild
It breaks the lockets melting

My love for you is long
Across the oceans all the same
My love for you is true
Need exchange the love it takes

It's born in the wild
It's river long
Rock strong
True never stings
Honey now
My love for you is real

Uh huh
It's real, ohhh
It's real, ohhh
Honey now
My love for you is real.

Adam and Courtnay said...

My husband and I danced to "I will not take my love away" By Matt Wertz. It is short but we love it!

Maisie said...

Here is an interesting take on using "At Last"...

Jessica Rae said...

reflecting light - sam phillips

Anonymous said...

I highly, highly agree with the person who said "This Will Be Our Year" by the Zombies.

I would also add

"Pledging My Love" JOhnny Ace

"There's No Other Like My Baby" The Crystals

Suzical said...

What a great collection of ideas, I get married in 3 months time and we're struggling on this one too - I'll be going through some of these on itunes later!!

My favourite artist is Kate Rusby - she's a folk singer and most of her songs are just too depressing/inappropriate for a wedding

- she has a lovely duet with Ronan Keating 'All over again' - perfect for a wedding song, but my other half vetoed it cos it's Ronan...

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