Some couples have a song long before they get married, the first song they danced to years ago or something from a special moment in their relationship. Others pick something for their first dance and it becomes their special song.
Jason and I danced to "Blue Eyes" by The Cary Brothers and although it was a song we both loved, it didn't' really have any major significance before our wedding. Teresa and Patrick chose Iron and Wine's "Love and Some Verses".
"At Last" by Etta James is probably the first dance song I hear the most, a great choice for sure, beautiful and classic. Ray Lamontagne "You Are the Best Thing" is also super popular and for good reason, the title says it all!
If you're still in the market for a song, here are some of my favorites that you might not have considered:
Eva Cassidy "Songbird"
The Beatles "In My Life"
Dave Barnes "On a Night Like This"
The Civil Wars "Dance Me to the End of Love"
Van Morrison "Crazy Love"
Ingrid Michaelson "You and I"
Frank Sinatra "The Way You Look Tonight"
Peter Gabriel "In Your Eyes"
Iron and Wine "Such Great Heights"
Ben Harper "Forever"
Billie Holiday "The Thought of You"
Ben Folds "The Luckiest"
The Moldy Peaches "Anyone Else But You"
The Lumineers "Ho Hey"
The Arctic Monkeys "Baby I'm Yours"
A couple of first dance tips...
If your song is super long, let the DJ know to fade it out at a certain point or have the band only do the first couple of verses. 6 minutes of having people watch you dance will seem like forever.
Even if you aren't planning a whole choreographed routine, taking dancing lessons can be a fun thing for couples to do together and a way to make you just a tad more graceful.
Whether you take lessons or not, you should definitely do a little practice. Try out dancing to your song at least once. Make sure you're both on the same page with how you're planning on dancing.
While you're at a dress fitting, take a spin around the dress shop too. Make sure you're comfortable moving around in your dress, that you're not tripping over the hem and everything is staying in place!
If you have a special song that isn't ideal for slow dancing to, why not incorporate it in somewhere else? One of my favorite weddings last summer had a live band that did an amazing rendition of Edward : and the Magnetic Zero's "Home" as part of the processional. Another couple walked back down the aisle to The Star Wars Theme, which was super cute because only some people caught the reference, the rest just thought it was a classy instrumental piece!
What's your song? I'd love to hear!