First Dance Songs: Top Wedding Songs For Your First Dance, According To Real Brides
by Katherine Lim
Your first dance is a very special moment - it’s the first dance you’ll share with your spouse as partners for life. It’s romantic, unforgettable and something you’ll reminisce with happiness every time the song plays. It’s a quiet moment shared in a room full of your loved ones. Just for one moment on your wedding day, it’s just you both and nothing else matters.
If you are struggling to find the perfect first dance song to sway to, you’ve come to the right place! We asked our past, current and future brides who wore Bella Belle comfortable dancing wedding shoes, what song they will be dancing to. From popular jams to old school classics, these are the best songs our #bellabellebrides danced to during their first dance. Do any of the songs make it to your short list of your ultimate wedding song wishlist?
Top Wedding First Dance Song Selections
Can’t Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
These lyrics: "Take my hand, Take my whole life too, For I can't help falling in love with you” are universally the perfect words to describe your love for your partner. So it’s no surprise this song was the most popular choice for our #bellabellebrides for their first dance. Originally belted by Elvis Presley, this timeless love song has since been remade by countless singers, including Youtube star Kina Grannis for the walking down the aisle scene for movie, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’.
Can You Feel The Love Tonight - Elton John
“An enchanted moment, And it sees me through, It's enough for this restless warrior, Just to be with you”, these lyrics perfectly describe two individuals that took awhile to find each other. But once they did, they immediately knew they were meant to be. The love they have together grounds them. Amidst all the noise, just being together is all they need in life. If that describes your love story, then this could just be the perfect first dance song for you!
Stand By Me - Ben E King
"No I won't be afraid, Oh, I won't be afraid, Just as long as you stand, stand by me". Whether you love the classic version by Ben E King or prefer the groovier Prince Royce, this song is loved and continues to be beloved by many because it describes a strong love. When life gets rough (and it always does), this first dance song for wedding ceremonies reminds you that as long as you have each other, you can overcome anything together.
Save The Last Dance For Me - Michael Buble
“Cause don't forget who's taking you home, And in whose arms you're gonna be, Save the last dance for me” is the perfect song if you’re looking for something a little more fast paced where the bride and groom’s first dance is meant to show off your dance moves. This song describes two lovers who are independent and social beings, but always save the last dance for each other. Trust is fundamental in any relationship and this song perfectly describes that.
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Whether you love the original version, with Beyonce or with Andrea Bocelli, Perfect by Ed Sheeran is beautiful both in melody and lyrics. There are so many lyrics that made us swoon but “When I saw you in that dress, looking so beautiful, I don't deserve this, darling, you look perfect tonight” gave us all the romantic feels.
Fun fact: Ed actually wrote this song for his now wife, who he fell in love with when they were kids but it wasn’t the right time. When they reconnected, it felt like it was always meant to be. The saying “if it’s meant to be, it will be” is the perfect way to describe this love.
My Best Friend - Tim McGraw
“Life with you makes perfect sense, You're my best friend”. If you and your partner are best friends, then this song could just be the one for you. We’re pretty sure Tim wrote this song for his wife, Faith Hill. It tells a story of someone never being able to find a love so secure and easy until this person. Both of you are more than just lovers, you are each other’s best friend, and that is oftentimes the best kind of love.
A Thousand Years - Christine Perri
“Darling, don’t be afraid I have loved you, For a thousand years, I’ll love you for a thousand more” was the lyrics every Twilight die-hard fan sang to when Edward married Bella in ‘Breaking Dawn’. Now, these lyrics have transcended the vampire/werewolf kingdown to become one of the most romantic first dance wedding songs. It’s feeling like you’ve always loved each other and you’ll love each other for the rest of eternity.
All Of Me - John Legend
John Legend continues to gives us all the #couplegoals with these beautiful lyrics to his baby mama Chrissy Teigen, "Give your all to me, I'll give my all to you, You're my end and my beginning". We love this song for the way it talks about loving each other despite all their perfect imperfections. It describes acceptance and selfless love, the kind of love that is said to be the secret to a long-lasting marriage.
Blessed - Thomas Rhett
“People say I'm lucky, but lucky ain't the word, Oh, I'm blessed”. Hearing your partner say they are blessed instead of lucky to have you in their lives has a different and more beautiful meaning. It’s saying that they did not just meet you by chance, but they are attributing meeting you by the goodness of God. They are so blessed that nothing else describes their love for you.
At Last - Etta James
“At Last” is a classic among wedding dance songs that talks about finally finding the right person after many years of heartbreaks and lonely nights,"At last my love has come along, My lonely days are over and life is like a song”. The first dance for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, as well as the inauguration dance that Barack and Michelle Obama danced to, this song is universally loved and can easily describe any relationship. Say goodbye to heartbreaks, and say hi to a lifetime of beautiful songs.
Florida Georgia Line - God, Your Mama, And Me ft. Backstreet Boys
“Every step you take, I'll be as sure as your shadow, Every move you make, you know I'm part of you wherever you go” perfectly describes a relationship that vows to grow together. The scariest thing about commitment is wondering if you and your partner will change and become different people as time goes on. But like the lyrics say, as long as you both come back to each other to grow together, then your love will last.
Lover - Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift was inspired by her own love with actor Joe Alwyn and wrote the lyrics “With every guitar string scar on my hand, I take this magnetic force of a man to be my lover”, as her way of saying she wants him in her life now and forever more. She sings about the normal and domestic bliss with Joe, and how it feels like they have always loved each other. One of her more personal songs, this is the perfect song for you to dedicate to your partner.
Fool Around And Fell In Love - Elvin Bishop
Was your husband-to-be a notorious Tinder player or f*ckboy? Then this song might just be one of the best first dance songs for you; “I must have been through about a million girls, I'd love 'em then I'd leave 'em alone, But then I fooled around and fell in love”. It’s the perfect song for your man to declare that despite all the women he had, he realized he couldn’t lose you because you are just that special.
Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars
“When I see your face, There's not a thing that I would change 'cause you're amazing, Just the way you are” will give you major swoon-worthy feelings as you dance to this along with your partner. Just hearing the words that they love you for who you are and you are perfect will melt anyone. It’s no wonder this song became one of the most popular first dance songs, and catapulted Bruno to fame, because every woman (including us) made their partner sing this song to them.
Dance in Comfort
These are the most popular wedding first dance songs our brides have danced or will dance to! Whether you love pop, country or the classics, we hope you find a song that you and your partner will both love and cherish for years to come. Don’t forget your pair of most comfortable wedding shoes to keep you comfortable as you sway to the beat of the music. Choose from exquisite flat wedding shoes, elegant low heel wedding shoes, or comfortable high heels.
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