10 First-Dance Songs to Rock Your Big Day

Our favorite classics and curveballs.
Wedding dance.
Photo: Amber Schoniwitz of Schyne Photography


The lights are dim. Your favorite, most beloved people in the whole world are gathered around the beautiful venue at the event you spent months decorating, planning and executing. You’ve just committed to being with your best friend for life, and they’ve done the same. You look ah-MAZE.


Then the music swells with …


What comes next in this series of perfect moments differs from gal to gal and guy to guy. But whatever song you let take the reins at this intense emotional high point has got to pack a punch in just the right way.


Are you a fun-loving couple who wants to get the party started, ASAP? Are you a hopeless romantic ready to live out your fairy-tale waltz? Totally traditional, or anything but? Here are our picks for classic go-to’s, plus a few curveballs your guests haven’t heard used as first songs before (again and again and again) that we’d love to see a contemporary couple rock on their big day.


Hopelessly Romantic Picks

Hopelessly Romantic
 Photo: June Cochran Photography


To get the waterworks started

“At Last” by Etta James


For the old-fashioned romance feel

“Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley


For the “dawwwwww” moment

“God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys


For the way fun and way, way fierce

“Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé


For the modern-day fairy-tale couple

“All of Me” by John Legend


For Something a Little Different


For the drama-loving jokesters

“Forever Young” by Alphaville


For the hipster millennials

“Slow Show” by The National


For the artsy, edgy lovebirds

“Hysteric (acoustic)” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs


For the folksy softies

“I Will Follow You Into the Dark” by Death Cab For Cutie


For the jolly kids in love

“Like U Crazy” by Mates of State

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