From the classic and romantic to contemporary and cool, we rounded up the best first-dance songs from our real weddings!
Your first dance as a married couple is a uniquely intimate moment during an otherwise public day. While your friends and family will watch you and your new spouse sway softly (or show off smooth choreographed moves), the two of you will be the only ones on the dance floor. Without a doubt it's one of the most intimate, joyous moments of your wedding day, and the first opportunity you both have to savor your newly-minted status as husband and wife.
For some couples, selecting a meaningful, expressive first dance song is the easiest part of their wedding-planning process. It's the soundtrack of their relationship, the song playing in the background of their first kiss, or the lyrics that blared at a busy restaurant on their first date. For others, the decision is not so simple. Whether you have opposing musical tastes or just can't settle on one song that defines you as a couple, we're here to help.
We found 64 song selections from real weddings that are sure to inspire you for your foray on the dance floor. From popular classics like Etta James's "At Last" to more contemporary picks like a mash-up of Beyoncé and Van Morrison or Calvin Harris's techno hits, these creative couples know how to start their reception off right.
Whether you choose to dance to something timeless or something much more current, the most important detail is that the song feels right for you as a couple.
At left: At their New York City art gallery wedding, Megan and Timmy chose "So Happy Together" by The Turtles for their romantic first dance.Photo: Christian Oth Studio