30 First Dance Song Ideas for Alternative Weddings

30 First Dance Song Ideas for Alternative Weddings


Call me a hopeless romantic, but I bloody love a first dance. Maybe it's the music geek in me, but I just love the idea of getting to share the music you love with everyone. If you don't already have a special song chosen then it's the perfect excuse to look for ideas, immerse yourself in lots of lovely music and find a new song that will mean the world to you both for years to come. These are some of my very favourite love songs which could be perfect for a first dance (or any point during your wedding really!) whether you want to jump around together or do the old cling-and-sway.... from Indie to a bit of Northern Soul, absolute classics to lesser-known tracks. Oh, and the theme tune to Father Ted.

I've created a Spotify plylist including all these songs too - you're welcome! I'd love to know your first dance choices in the comments.

You You You You You - The 6ths
"Who has made my dreams come true and turned my grey skies blue?

Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac
"Oh I, I want to be with you everywhere"

Stay Young, Go Dancing - Deathcab for Cutie
"Through Autumn's advancing, we'll stay young, go dancing"

You're My Best Friend - Queen
"You're my sunshine and I want you to know that my feelings are true... I really love you"

You Are The Light (By Which I Travel Into This And That) - Jens Lekman
"Why would anyone need a map or a compass? It's so beautiful to be guided by you"

Songs of Love - The Divine Comedy
"So sing while you have time, let the song shine down from above... And fill you with songs of love"

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out - The Smiths
"And if a double-decker bus crashes into us...To die by your side is such a heavenly way to die"

You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin
"Before the day I met you, life was so unkind and you're the key to my peace of mind"

Fire In My Heart - Super Furry Animals
"You've got needles and pins and the seven deadly sins, Still I've got a fire in my heart for you"

Baby I'm Yours - The Arctic Monkeys
"Yours until the poets run out of rhyme...In other words, until the end of time"

Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) - Frank Wilson
"As long as there is life in me, your happiness is guaranteed... I'll fill your heart with ecstasy, forever darling"

If You Find Yourself Caught In Love - Belle and Sebastian
"Someone to take your life beyond, Another TV 'I Love 1999′"

Absolute Beginners - David Bowie
"As long as you're still smiling, There's nothing more I need"

The Magic Position - Patrick Wolf
"To live, to learn, to love in the major key"

Chateau Lobby #4 (In C for Two Virgins) - Father John Misty
"You left a note in your perfect script
'Stay as long as you want'
And I haven't left your bed since"

I Belong In Your Arms - Chairlift
"Crossin' my heart
Open wide
You're my crystal and clover"

Let's Get Out Of This Country - Camera Obscura
"We'll find a cathedral city, you can be handsome... I'll be pretty"

I Will Follow You Into The Dark - Death Cab for Cutie
"If there's no one beside you when your soul embarks, then I'll follow you into the dark"

Toothpaste Kisses - The Maccabees
"Pulling shapes just for your eyes"

About the Author

Hannah Millard (aka Camera Hannah) is a wedding photographer from Derby who has been shooting alternative weddings all over the UK (and beyond!) since 2010. She offers a blend of photographs and filmmaking and has an informal and creative approach to her photography.

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