90 Best First Dance Songs for Your Wedding (2022)

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"All of Me," by John Legend "Like I'm Gonna Lose You," by Jasmine Thompson "500 Miles," by Sleeping at Last "Unchained Melody," by The Righteous Brothers "Amazed," by Lonestar "Perfect Duet," by Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," by Aerosmith "The Way You Look Tonight," by Frank Sinatra "At Last," by Etta James "Sons and Daughters," by Allman Brown "Yours," by Russell Dickerson "Kiss Me," by Ed Sheeran "Escapade," by Janet Jackson "Sweetest Thing," by Allman Brown "Speechless," by Dan + Shay "My Best Friend," by Tim McGraw "Give Me Love," by Ed Sheeran "Your Song," by Elton John "A Thousand Years," by Christina Perri "Marry Me," by Train "I Am Yours," by Andy Grammer "Back to You," by Twin Forks "That’s When I Knew," by Alicia Keys "Have You Ever Been in Love," by Céline Dion "In Case You Didn’t Know," by Brett Young "Falling Like the Stars," by James Arthur "Only Wanna Be With You," by Hootie and the Blowfish "Thinking Out Loud," by Ed Sheeran "Can't Take My Eyes off You," by Frankie Valli "Can't Help Falling in Love," by Elvis Presley "Work Song," by Hozier "XO," by John Mayer "This Kiss," by Faith Hill "Make You Feel My Love," by Adele "I Won't Give Up," by Jason Mraz "Hold Me," by Stevie Wonder "Teenage Dream," by Boyce Avenue "January Wedding," by The Avett Brothers "Fresh Eyes," by Andy Grammer "Lay Your Heart Next to Mine," by Steve Azar "You Are the Best Thing," by Ray LaMontagne "There Will Be Time," by Mumford & Sons feat. Baaba Maal "Come Rain or Come Shine," by Ray Charles "You Are," by Lionel Richie "Dreams Are More Precious," by Enya "Faster," by Matt Nathanson "First Day of My Life," by Bright Eyes "Crush," by Dave Matthews Band "Home," by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros "Latch," by Sam Smith "You and Me," by the Wannadies "Happy," by Pharrell "Waste," by Phish "We Will Dance," by Steven Curtis Chapman "The Luckiest," by Ben Folds Five "Better Together," by Jack Johnson "Spend My Life With You," by Tamia & Eric Benet "I'm Gonna Make You My Wife," by the Whispers "Man on Fire," by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros "Lucky," by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat "Never Let Me Go," by Florence + The Machine "Love You Like I Used To," by Russell Dickerson "Girl You're Alright," by Paul Otten "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic," by Sleeping at Last "You & I (Nobody in the World)," by John Legend "Say You Won't Let Go," by James Arthur "You're Still the One," by Shania Twain "Mine Would Be You," by Blake Shelton "Who Would Have Thought," by Dylan Dunlap "You Are My Sunshine," by Jasmine Thompson "From the Ground Up," by Dan + Shay "Celestial," by Ed Sheeran "Lover," by Taylor Swift "Anyone," by Justin Bieber "this is how you fall in love," by Chelsea Cutler and Jeremy Zucker "Coming Home," by Leon Bridges "Black and White," by Niall Horan "Wherever You Are," by Kodaline "Conversations in the Dark," by John Legend "Crazy Days," by The Shires "Sweet Creature," by Harry Styles "Never Worn White," by Katy Perry "Gentle Heart," by Joshua Hyslop "Finally // Beautiful Stranger," by Halsey "Take It Slowly," by Garrett Kato "The Only Way to Love," by Vanessa Carlton "Minefields," by Faouzia and John Legend "Beyond," by Leon Bridges "Us," by James Bay "Adore You," by Harry Styles

Yourfirst dance on your wedding dayisromantic, personal, and unforgettable. So, of course, you need to findthe perfect tuneto mark the special occasion. Finding the right song to play can be a tough task, though. Do you want to go classic or modern? Slow or fast? With all the love songs out there, the options are practically endless.

A survey conducted by The Black Tux of over 900 married couples from all age groups revealed some of the most requested first dance songs in the industry. The study found that "Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers was the most popular choice overall, withclassic love songsby Etta James, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis Presley earning a spot in the top 15.

More contemporary songs from artists like John Legend, Ed Sheeran, and Adele also made the ranks. If the top charts aren't your jam, fear not—we have the best selection of first-dance wedding songs that are anything but ordinary. Whatever your taste, choose something that you and your partner will both love and cherish for years to come.

Ahead, we've rounded up 90 of the best first dance songs for your wedding.

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"All of Me," by John Legend

Lyrics of Love: "Give your all to me/I'll give my all to you/You're my end and my beginning"

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"Like I'm Gonna Lose You," by Jasmine Thompson

Lyrics of Love: "So I'm gonna love you/Like I'm gonna lose you/I'm gonna hold you/Like I'm saying goodbye"

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"500 Miles," by Sleeping at Last

Lyrics of Love: "But I would walk 500 miles/And I would walk 500 more/Just to be the man who walked a thousand miles/To fall down at your door"

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"Unchained Melody," by The Righteous Brothers

Lyrics of Love: "Oh, my love, my darling/I've hungered for your touch"

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"Amazed," by Lonestar

Lyrics of Love: "I want to spend the rest of my life with you by my side/Forever and ever"

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"Perfect Duet," by Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé

Lyrics of Love: "But darling, just kiss me slow/Your heart is all I own/And in your eyes, you're holding mine"

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"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," by Aerosmith

Lyrics of Love: "The sweetest dream will never do/I'd still miss you, babe/And I don't want to miss a thing"

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"The Way You Look Tonight," by Frank Sinatra

Lyrics of Love: "There is nothing for me but to love you/And the way you look tonight"

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"At Last," by Etta James

Lyrics of Love: "At last my love has come along/My lonely days are over and life is like a song, oh yeah"

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"Sons and Daughters," by Allman Brown

Lyrics of Love: "And I, I'll wrap myself/Around your heart/I'll be the walls of his heart"

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"Yours," by Russell Dickerson

Lyrics of Love: "I came to life when I first kissed you/The best me has his arms around you/You make me better than I was before/Thank God I'm yours"

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"Kiss Me," by Ed Sheeran

Lyrics of Love: "And your heart's against my chest, your lips pressed in my neck/I'm falling for your eyes, but they don't know me yet/And with a feeling I'll forget, I'm in love now"

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"Escapade," by Janet Jackson

Lyrics of Love: "Come on baby, let's get away/Let's save our troubles for another day"

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"Sweetest Thing," by Allman Brown

Lyrics of Love: "You're the sweetest thing that I ever did see/Like a bird taking way/Tears that set you free"

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"Speechless," by Dan + Shay

Lyrics of Love: "And I'm speechless/You already know that you're my weakness/After all this time I'm just as nervous"

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"My Best Friend," by Tim McGraw

Lyrics of Love: "I fall in love all over/Every time I look at you"

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"Give Me Love," by Ed Sheeran

Lyrics of Love: "All I want is the taste that your lips allow/My, my, my, my, oh give me love"

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"Your Song," by Elton John

Lyrics of Love: "I hope you don't mind/That I put down in words/How wonderful life is while you're in the world"

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"A Thousand Years," by Christina Perri

Lyrics of Love: "I have died every day, waiting for you/Darling, don't be afraid, I have loved you for a thousand years"

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"Marry Me," by Train

Lyrics of Love: "Forever can never be long enough for me/Feel like I've had long enough with you"

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"I Am Yours," by Andy Grammer

Lyrics of Love: "Still can't believe it when you say you're mine and/I am yours, I am yours, I am yours"

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"Back to You," by Twin Forks

Lyrics of Love: "Follow the signs right back to you/Back to you, back to you/I know they wind right back to you"

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"That’s When I Knew," by Alicia Keys

Lyrics of Love: "That's when I knew I fell in love/That's when I knew you were the one"

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"Have You Ever Been in Love," by Céline Dion

Lyrics of Love: "Have you ever been in love/You could touch the moonlight"

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"In Case You Didn’t Know," by Brett Young

Lyrics of Love: "In case you didn't know/Baby I'm crazy 'bout you/And I would be lying if I said/That I could live this life without you"

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"Falling Like the Stars," by James Arthur

Lyrics of Love: "We're fallin' like the stars, fallin' in love/And I'm not scared to say those words with you, I'm safe"

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"Only Wanna Be With You," by Hootie and the Blowfish

Lyrics of Love: "I just want to love you, but you wanna wear my ring/Well there's nothing I can do/I only wanna be with you"

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"Thinking Out Loud," by Ed Sheeran

Lyrics of Love: "And darling I will be loving you 'til we're 70/And baby my heart could still fall as hard at 23"

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"Can't Take My Eyes off You," by Frankie Valli

Lyrics of Love: "I love you, baby/And if it's quite alright/I need you, baby/To warm the lonely night"

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"Can't Help Falling in Love," by Elvis Presley

Lyrics of Love: "Take my hand/Take my whole life too/For I can't help falling in love with you"

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"Work Song," by Hozier

Lyrics of Love: "When my time comes around/Lay me gently in the cold dark earth/No grave can hold my body down/I'll crawl home to her"

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"XO," by John Mayer

Lyrics of Love: "Your heart is glowing/And I'm crashing into you/Baby kiss me, kiss me"

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"This Kiss," by Faith Hill

Lyrics of Love: "It's the way you love me/It's a feeling like this"

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"Make You Feel My Love," by Adele

Lyrics of Love: "No, there's nothing that I wouldn't do/To make you feel my love"

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"I Won't Give Up," by Jason Mraz

Lyrics of Love: "Well, I won't give up on us/Even if the skies get rough/I'm giving you all my love/I'm still looking up"

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"Hold Me," by Stevie Wonder

Lyrics of Love: "So hold me, baby hold me/Say you'll never let me go"

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"Teenage Dream," by Boyce Avenue

Lyrics of Love: "My heart stops when you look at me/Just one touch now baby I believe this is real"

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"January Wedding," by The Avett Brothers

Lyrics of Love: "I understand because my heart and hers are the same/And in January we're gettin' married"

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"Fresh Eyes," by Andy Grammer

Lyrics of Love: "So suddenly I'm in love with a stranger/I can't believe that she's mine"

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"Lay Your Heart Next to Mine," by Steve Azar

Lyrics of Love: "It will be all right/When you hold me tight/And you lay your heart next to mine"

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"You Are the Best Thing," by Ray LaMontagne

Lyrics of Love: "Believe me, you don't even have to try/Oh, because/You are the best thing"

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"There Will Be Time," by Mumford & Sons feat. Baaba Maal

Lyrics of Love: "And in the cold light, I live to love and adore you/It's all that I am, it's all that I have"

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"Come Rain or Come Shine," by Ray Charles

Lyrics of Love: "I'm gonna love you/Like no one's loved you/Come rain or come shine"

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"You Are," by Lionel Richie

Lyrics of Love: "And my love you'll see/We'll stay together, just you and me/I've got so much love"

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"Dreams Are More Precious," by Enya

Lyrics of Love: "Come see, close your eyes/Come see, give me your sorrow/And I keep watch for you"

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"Faster," by Matt Nathanson

Lyrics of Love: "Yeah you own me/And you make my heart beat faster, faster"

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"First Day of My Life," by Bright Eyes

Lyrics of Love: "This is the first day of my life/I'm glad I didn't die before I met you/But now I don't care, I could go anywhere with you"

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"Crush," by Dave Matthews Band

Lyrics of Love: "Just as long as you're around/And here I'll be dancing on the ground"

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"Home," by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Lyrics of Love: "Ah, home, let me come home/Home is wherever I'm with you"

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"Latch," by Sam Smith

Lyrics of Love: "How do you do it, you got me losing every breath/What did you give me to make my heart beat out my chest"

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"You and Me," by the Wannadies

Lyrics of Love: "But it's you and me/And we'll always be together/You and me, always, and forever"

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"Happy," by Pharrell

Lyrics of Love: "Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth/Because I'm happy"

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"Waste," by Phish

Lyrics of Love: "A dream it's true/But I'd see it through/If I could be/Wasting my time with you"

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"We Will Dance," by Steven Curtis Chapman

Lyrics of Love: "Sometimes we dance as one/And feel the beating of each other's hearts"

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"The Luckiest," by Ben Folds Five

Lyrics of Love: "And in a white sea of eyes/I see one pair that I recognize/And I know/That I am/I am/I am/The luckiest"

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"Better Together," by Jack Johnson

Lyrics of Love: "Yeah, we'll look at the stars when we're together/Well, it's always better when we're together"

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"Spend My Life With You," by Tamia & Eric Benet

Lyrics of Love: "Can we just feel this way together 'til the end of all time/Can I just spend my life with you"

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"I'm Gonna Make You My Wife," by the Whispers

Lyrics of Love: "I'm gonna make you my world/You be my morning light/The star at night/Or the air I breathe"

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"Man on Fire," by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Lyrics of Love: "Only one desire/That's left in me/I want the whole damn world/To come dance with me"

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"Lucky," by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat

Lyrics of Love: "I'm lucky I'm in love with my best friend/Lucky to have been where I have been/Lucky to be coming home again"

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"Never Let Me Go," by Florence + The Machine

Lyrics of Love: "Never let me go, never let me go/And the arms of the ocean are carrying me/And all this devotion was rushing over me"

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"Love You Like I Used To," by Russell Dickerson

Lyrics of Love: "Didn't know I could ever love you more than I did/But baby I do, I don't love you like I used to, no"

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"Girl You're Alright," by Paul Otten

Lyrics of Love: "All her friends tell me she's got a halo/I think I knew that right from the get-go"

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"Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic," by Sleeping at Last

Lyrics of Love: "Every little thing she does is magic/Everything she does just turns me on/Even though my life before was tragic/Now, I know my love for her goes on"

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"You & I (Nobody in the World)," by John Legend

Lyrics of Love: "All of the stars, you make them shine like they were ours/Ain't nobody in the world but you and I/You and I"

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"Say You Won't Let Go," by James Arthur

Lyrics of Love: "I know I needed you/But I never showed/But I wanna stay with you until we're grey and old"

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"You're Still the One," by Shania Twain

Lyrics of Love: "You're still the one I run to/The one that I belong to/You're still the one I want for life"

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"Mine Would Be You," by Blake Shelton

Lyrics of Love: "Baby, if I had to choose/My best day ever/My finest hour, my wildest dream come true/Mine would be you"

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"Who Would Have Thought," by Dylan Dunlap

Lyrics of Love: "Who would have thought that you'd make me love California?/And that's saying a lot, 'cause I hated it here before ya"

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"You Are My Sunshine," by Jasmine Thompson

Lyrics of Love: "You are my sunshine/My only sunshine/You make me happy/When skies are gray"

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"From the Ground Up," by Dan + Shay

Lyrics of Love: "And we'll build this love from the ground up/Now 'til forever it's all of me, all of you/Just take my hand"

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"Celestial," by Ed Sheeran

Lyrics of Love: "You make me feel/Like my troubled heart is a million miles away/You make me feel/Like I'm drunk on stars and we're dancing out into space"

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"Lover," by Taylor Swift

Lyrics of Love: "Can I go where you go?/Can we always be this close forever and ever?/And ah, take me out, and take me home (forever and ever)"

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"Anyone," by Justin Bieber

Lyrics of Love: "Dance with me under the diamonds/See me like breath in the cold/Sleep with me here in the silence/Come kiss me, silver and gold"

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"this is how you fall in love," by Chelsea Cutler and Jeremy Zucker

Lyrics of Love: "Wherever we go/What glitters is gold/You'll be my best friend/Until we grow old"

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"Coming Home," by Leon Bridges

Lyrics of Love: "Baby, baby, baby/I'm coming home/To your tender sweet loving/You're my one and only woman"

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"Black and White," by Niall Horan

Lyrics of Love:"See you standing in your dress/Swear in front of all our friends/There'll never be another/I promise that I'll love you for the rest of my life"

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"Wherever You Are," by Kodaline

Lyrics of Love: "When the world's getting hard/I will go to wherever you are/Running blind in the dark/I will go to wherever you are"

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"Conversations in the Dark," by John Legend

Lyrics of Love:"I won't ever try to change you, change you/I will always want the same you, same you/Swear on everything I pray to/That I won't break your heart"

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"Crazy Days," by The Shires

Lyrics of Love:"When I close my eyes/I see you and forever/Growing old/Somewhere in the country, together"

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"Sweet Creature," by Harry Styles

Lyrics of Love:"Sweet creature, sweet creature/Wherever I go, you bring me home/Sweet creature, sweet creature/When I run out of road, you bring me home"

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"Never Worn White," by Katy Perry

Lyrics of Love:"No, I've never worn white, no/But I really wanna try with you/Yeah, I've never worn white/But I wanna get it right/'Cause you really wanna say, 'I do'"

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"Gentle Heart," by Joshua Hyslop

Lyrics of Love:"Should the dawn refuse to rise/Should the darkness close outside/Oh, may you find your heart/Next to mine/For we found hope/In a hopeless time"

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"Finally // Beautiful Stranger," by Halsey

Lyrics of Love:"Beautiful stranger, here you are in my arms/But I think it's finally, finally, finally, finally, finally safe/For me to fall"

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"Take It Slowly," by Garrett Kato

Lyrics of Love:"So we can take it slowly/Through the nights I'm growing in life/You can be my always, one and always and we can be just fine/Just fine"

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"The Only Way to Love," by Vanessa Carlton

Lyrics of Love:"For you, the coast is clear/Bury my fear, you're the edge of the ocean/The tide follows what's right/And so have I"

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"Minefields," by Faouzia and John Legend

Lyrics of Love:"Ooh-ooh, maybe I'm just a fool/I still belong with you/Anywhere you, anywhere you are"

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"Beyond," by Leon Bridges

Lyrics of Love: "I-I-I-I'm scared to death that she might be it/That the love is real, that the shoe might fit/She might just be my everything and beyond (beyond)"

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"Us," by James Bay

Lyrics of Love: "Tell me how to be in this world/Tell me how to breathe in and feel no hurt/Tell me how could I believe in something/I believe in us"

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"Adore You," by Harry Styles

Lyrics of Love:"You don't have to say you love me/I just wanna tell you somethin'/Lately you've been on my mind"

FAQ

  • When do we do the first dance at our wedding?

    Traditionally, the first dance kicks off thedancing portionof the reception, so it occurs after the meal. Many couples, however, choose to do the first dance at the beginning of the reception during their grand entrance, or even after the cake cutting.

  • How long should the first dance be?

    Your first dance should be around two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half minutes long. Longer can feel awkward, but too short and your videographer and photographer won't be able to properly capture the moment.

  • How do we pick a first dance song?

    There's no one way to choose a first dance song, but to help you and your partner decide, you can look to your birth years for inspiration, narrow it down to a specific genre, and look carefully at lyrics of popular first dance songs to find what resonates. Consider things like the pace of the song and your ability to dance to it.

  • How do we dance for the first dance at our wedding?

    There are a few ways you can do your first dance, and it will depend on the song you choose and your skill level. "The sway" is the classic first dance style, along with the Waltz and the Foxtrot. You can also opt for an original choreographed dance.

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