12 First Dance Songs to Suit Every Couple

Photo by Adi from Axioo via Jeremy and Ivon's Wedding at Banyan Tree Ungasan.

Hi Wedding Scoopers, you loved Sara Wee of local band 53A's list of wedding walk-in songs and we're proud to bring you another great playlist (which you can find on our Spotify account) from her of suggestions for first dance songs!

The first dance has its roots in formal balls, where the guests of honor open the ball by being the first to dance. This tradition continues in weddings where the first dance is often a centrepiece of banquets, and newlyweds, as the guests of honor, open the dancing.

In today's feature, Sara introduces us to some of her favourite first dance songs and shares what she loves about them.

Hello! It’s me, again. I’ve come up with a list of some of my favourite song options for a First Dance and I’ve categorized them to suit your needs, though they don’t have to specifically be used for those particular reasons.

Let’s face it; Singaporeans are pretty reserved. There have only been a handful of weddings I’ve attended/played for that had any form of dancing and they were where either or both of the couple were not local. I can honestly say that the weddings with dancing were waaayyy more memorable and fun compared to those without, so let your hair down and dance like nobody’s watching.

Hell, it’s your wedding day. Do whatever you want!

Photo by Neo Studio via Lu and Kat's Stylish Wedding in Qingdao, China.

Classic ballroom dance

If you like to keep it classy, hire a dance teacher/choreographer to help cater to both your dancing capabilities. There’s nothing worse than trying to learn a really intricate but very advanced routine on YouTube only to realise that you both have two left feet.

1. It Only Takes A Moment – John Barrowman

You don’t get more romantic than a song that starts with “it only takes a moment for your eyes to meet and then…”

2. It Had To Be You – Barbra Streisand and Michael Buble

A real classic Jazz number that’s been given a slight modern feel but still retains the beauty of the song. It talks about how you’ve finally found someone who makes you feel comfortable and gives you butterflies in your tummy.

3. I Could Write a Book – Harry Connick Jr.

A lesser known but really lovely Jazz tune about how you could write an entire book about all the things you love about your partner. This version is slightly more upbeat and could turn into something really gorgeous on video for you to watch over and over again.

Photo by Paulus Hyu from Axioo via Luxe Sea Shells and Pearls Wedding: Jerry and Selina.

Lyrics – based

If you’re like me, you can fall in love with a song solely based on its lyrics. One HUGE mistake a lot of couples make is not paying attention to what the lyrics in a song mean (i.e. More Than Words by Extreme is about just wanting sex and saying anything to get it, and Lips Of An Angel by Hinder is about cheating on your partner) and wanting us to sing it at their wedding. The beauty of these kinds of songs is that you don’t really have to choreograph anything if you don’t want to. Just put your arms around each other, gaze into each others eyes and move in time to the music; anyone watching will turn into a ball of mush.

1. More – Frank Sinatra

The song talks about how you cannot sum up how much you love your partner because it’s just so, so much. The first line of the song says “more than the greatest love the world has known, this is the love I’ll give to you alone.” Plus it’s sung by Ol’ Blue Eyes, he’s still a legend for a reason.

2. One Hundred Ways – James Ingram

A beautiful song listing all the many different ways you should show your woman that you love her and that you should keep doing it for the rest of your life. It’s a good reminder and promise to make to each other - that even after the wedding, you’ll dedicate time and effort to make each other feel special.

3. I Will Follow You Into The Dark – Death Cab For Cutie

This is quite a popular song choice when couples pass us their wedding song lists, mainly because of how sweet the lyrics are. It really is the song that epitomizes the phrase “Till Death Do Us Part”.

Photo by Alwin of Trouvé (formerly from Lightedpixels Photographyvia A Chic Black and White Wedding at the Sentosa Resort and Spa: Ashley + Sarah.

For the Indie folks

This is for those of you who’d rather listen to your iPod than the stuff that’s on most radio stations; the ones who love their singer/songwriters and frown when Justin Bieber comes on. You guys will stand out as the cool couple that introduced a new love song to all your wedding guests.

1. My Favourite Book – Stars

This was my sister’s second walk-in song and it was such a sweet, light-hearted moment. It’s a happy song that isn’t super fast so you can still kinda slow dance to it.

2. Closer To You – Brett Dennen

One of my favourite singer/songwriters, Brett Dennen has a real clever way of saying “I’m so madly in love with you and no one else will ever compare” in this song. There are so many lines I love but this is one of the cutest –

“Poets could not pronounce your name
Gamblers couldn't play the game
Matchstick statues set to flame
Couldn't hold a candle to you”

3. Real Love – Tom Odell (a cover)

I cried when I first heard this because this is one of my favourite songs by The Beatles. John Lennon wrote it and recorded an almost-complete demo of it, but never got to finish writing/recording it before his tragic death. The rest of the band finished it for him and it’s one of the best love songs ever written to date. Tom Odell does an incredible cover of the song which will surely make your first dance a magical one.

Photo by Samuel Ow and Nur Hakim Azmi from Revelation Creative House via An Enchanted Forest Wedding at W Hotel Singapore: Mark and Stephanie.

Let’s make it fun

These are always the best to get everyone up on their feet and dancing. You can choose to dance alone as a couple or have your bridal party join you; the rule is always “the more the merrier!”

1. Treasure – Bruno Mars

What’s not to love about this song? We’ve been playing it for more than a year now and we still enjoy it just the same. The lyrics are undeniably sweet and the groove is strong. I repeat, THE GROOVE IS STRONG.

2. Love Never Felt So Good – Michael Jackson (ft Justin Timberlake)

Michael Jackson.
Justin Timberlake.
“Baby, love never felt so good.”

I rest my case.

3. Walking On A Dream – Empire Of The Sun

This is a great song to debut your bridal party, and to let the people who slaved away to help make your day perfect have their moment. It’s so hard not to dance to this song and it just makes everyone feel so happy.

Tip: If you’re worried your guests might be too shy to dance, pre-plan and inform some of your more spontaneous friends to help get the party going so that everyone won’t be so self-conscious about being the first ones on the dance floor.

Photo by Ben Yew Photography via Chris and Jenna's Dreamy Lavender Wedding in Perth.

 

Thank you so much for sharing your favourite first dance songs, Sara!

 

Need song ideas? Check out more wedding playlists on our Spotify page now, or share your favourite wedding songs with us on Facebook or Instagram!

 

 

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