First Dance Songs That Aren’t So Basic

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By Kennedy Rose


While we all love Birdy’s cover of “Skinny Love” and “All of Me” by John Legend, these love songs have been done to death by first dances at weddings. Couples usually don’t know which song best suits their love. As a consequence, they end up choosing a song that is overplayed. Your song should be personal, with the lyrics and mood connecting you to how you fell in love. With that in mind, we have a few suggestions.


Northern Wind by City and Colour

This soft acoustic piece with its breathy singing has some of the best lyrics of any love song. It’s perfect for a slow dance.


Sea of Love by Cat Power

This was a fan favorite from the Juno soundtrack. It’s simple and sweet, but its words and lead vocalist create a very intimate feeling for you and your loved one.


Can’t Help Falling in Love by Haley Reinhart

This cover of the classic song made everybody a blubbering baby when used in this viral gum commercial. It’s powerful and beautiful and will bring everybody to tears. (Happy tears! No sad tears are allowed at weddings.)


With Me by Sum 41

This song is for somebody who wants something a bit heavier and a bit deeper. This pop-punk hit from Sum 41 is for the couple who’s been through everything and bore tidal waves of obstacles. The lyrics are wonderful.


Wake Me Up by Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran is the 21st century’s personal love song generator. He does not hold back when it comes to memories of loved ones or tales of heartbreak. Luckily, this song is as sweet and simple as honey. The soft piano chords and passionate singing reminds lovers of how they came to be.

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    My friend got married on Columbus Day weekend and did a mashup first dance to haley Reinhart and Elvis’ version of cant help falling in love. It was gorgeous.

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