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One of the things that I surprisingly put alot of thought into was our first dance song selection. The first dance as husband and wife is a special one, so choosing the song that perfectly describes your feelings or relationship can really make the moment magical.

Some things to consider when choosing your wedding first dance song:

bullet-pointChoose something that means something to you as a couple. Is it your favorite band? Is it a song that played on your first date? Anything meaningful will make the moment more special.

bullet-pointConsider your audience. You wouldn't want to dance to anything too crazy with your grandparents in plain sight would you? Keep the song lyrics clean and not too risqué!


Consider the length of the song. You don't want your guests to doze off during your first dance! Try choosing something under 3 minutes in length, or wrap up the dance with a fade out of the music if the song is much longer.

Here's a list of ten of our favorite wedding first dance songs!

top 10 first dance songs

Is your choice on our list? What are you considering for your wedding first dance song?




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  • We’re leaning towards Train’s “Marry Me.” Nick said it came on the radio as he got into his car after our first date! 🙂

  • Michelle at Making Sense of Cents

    Thank you for this! This is something that we need to start thinking about, and we will probably use one of the choices on this list (2 or 3 of our actual choices are on there anyways).

  • Christie O {Mountainside Bride}

    Etta James’ “At Last” s like a string of pearls. So classic!

  • Our pick is one that has been near and dear to us since we first started dating. However, one song I think will become a classic first dance song is “All of You” by John Legend. He wrote it for his wife and sang it on the Grammys last night. It gives me the tingles every time!

  • Kris | By Design Entertainment

    These are all great choices! There are so many out there and your advice is spot on. If you do choose a longer song, meet with your dj or band and let them know the important parts of the song and if it ok to shorten it just a bit to keep things moving. A professional will be able to get out of the song and make the proper announcements to make the transition seamless.

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