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10 Contemporary First Dance Song Suggestions

These totally romantic modern tunes will definitely set the mood for the night and even for the rest of your lives.

1. Song: “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran

From the album: X

Some lines from the song:

So honey now
Take me into your loving arms
Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars
Place your head on my beating heart
I’m thinking out loud
Maybe we found love right where we are

Bonus: If you can recreate the dance that Ed Sheeran and a dancer flawlessly executed in the music video, even better!

2. Song: “Everything” by Michael Buble

From the album: Call Me Irresponsible

Some lines from the song:

And in this crazy life, and through these crazy times
It’s you, it’s you, you make me sing
You’re every line, you’re every word, you’re everything

3. Song: “How Long Will I Love You” by Ellie Goulding

From the album: Halcyon Days

Some lines from the song:

How long will I love you
As long as stars are above you
And longer if I may

Bonus: Brides-to-be can take the microphone to sing this angelic tune to their beloved as a surprise performance.

4. Song: “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz

From the album: We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things

Some lines from the song:

So I won’t hesitate no more, no more
It cannot wait I’m sure
There’s no need to complicate
Our time is short
This is our fate, I’m yours

5. Song: “Better Together” by Jack Johnson

From the album: In Between Dreams

Some lines from the song:

And there is no, no song I could sing
And there is no combination of words I could say
But I will still tell you one thing
We’re better together

Bonus: With its laidback feels, this song is perfect for a seaside or beach-inspired ceremony!

6. Song: “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele

From the album: 19

Some lines from the song:

When the evening shadows and the stars appear
And there is no one there to dry your tears
Oh, I hold you for a million years
To make you feel my love

7. Song: “All of Me” by John Legend

From the album: Love in the Future

Some lines from the song:

’Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections

Bonus: If your man has got an amazing set of pipes, why not ask him to sing the first few lines before you head to the dance floor?

8. Song: “You & Me Song” by The Wannadies

From the album: Be a Girl

Some lines from the song:

Always when we fight
Kiss you once or twice
And everything’s forgotten
I know you hate that

9. Song: “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars

From the album: Doo-Wops & Hooligans

Some lines from the song:

When I see your face
There’s not a thing that I would change
’Cause you’re amazing
Just the way you are

Bonus: You can have a first dance medley featuring some of Bruno’s biggest hits! Start off with this slow jam then shift to upbeat tunes such as “Uptown Funk.”

10. Song: “Marry Me” by Train

From the album: Save Me, San Francisco

Some lines from the song:

But there’s one thing left to do

Now that the weight has lifted
Love has surely shifted my way
Marry me
Today and every day

If you’re looking for father and daughter dance songs, you may get ideas here.

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