Top 10 “First Dance” Wedding Songs

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All of Me – John Legend (2013)
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri (2011)
At Last – Etta James (1961)
Better Together – Jack Johnson (2005)
Blessed the Broken Road – Rascal Flatts (2004)
Everything – Michael Buble’ (2007)
It’s Your Love – Tim McGraw & Faith Hill (1997)
I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz (2012)
Marry Me – Train (2010)
Then – Brad Paisley (2009)

The above list “Top 10 2014 First Dance Wedding Songs” represents some of the most popular first dance wedding songs compiled from thousands of requests over the past year (in no particular order). Along with requests, we couldn’t help but pull together a list of our own favorite first-dance songs. Our staff contributed their own wedding selections, in addition to some love song favorites, to create a playlist that’s totally diverse and contemporary.

The first dance as a married couple is a popular element at most receptions; this is one of the big moments in a person’s life. All  genres of music are rich with love songs filled with pledges of undying love and devotion, perfect for couples on that most special of days. No matter what the theme of the wedding, decor, or venue, music is universal. Your first dance song will be with you forever.

We tell our brides time and time again, “This is your day – your way.” There is no book you can read that will give you the exact plan for your wedding day; sure you can get suggestions… but this is your unique and special day. Your first dance music is a song you choose together because it means something, not just because it’s at the top of some list.  Here’s a trick – listen to Delilah (96.1 for Northeast Florida) every night before you go to bed. Songs will jump out at you out of nowhere… “You remember that song”; “OMG we did ____ to this song”; “I forgot all about this song.” You will quickly get great ideas.

If you are a classics kind of couple, think about Etta James and her timeless track “At Last.” I know what you’re thinking – that song is older than your parents; WELL YES, but that’s OK. Although this song is decades older than you or your fiancé, this former #2 R&B Hit could hold a place in your hearts forever.

“Country music is the music of real life” and its fans keep their music close to them at all times — especially the big occasions.  Whether hidden in the ceremony music, ever so subtle in the air of cocktail hour, or in the forefront of the first dance, brides of Northeast Florida seem to always have juuuuuuust a bit of Country Music in their weddings. Three of the songs that made our TOP 10 were very big throughout general TOP 10 list’s – not just Country.

Want something more current? Try John Legends “All of Me.” This song took weddings by storm this year! Mr. Legend can say a very special thank you to Tiesto for making a remix of this ever so popular jam, for without Tiesto, this song would never have seen mainstream radio play.  “All of Me” knocked off Pharrell’s “Happy” for the #1 spot during the year. “A Thousand Years” caught its enormous following from the Twilight Saga, and if we had to number our list, “All of Me” and “A Thousand Years” would be at the very TOP.

Have you ever sent a text to your significant other when a song comes on the radio? This is how my wife and I picked our song – “Smile” by Uncle Kracker. I could not find it on any top 10 lists in my research for this article, but it just carried a great message that we shared. A DJ picking his own wedding song has a difficult job, luckily we had it locked. “God Must’ve Spent a Little More Time on You” by NSYNC was a close 2nd and we found another time in the reception to share that song.

Perhaps you want to add a spotlight dance at the conclusion your wedding. It’s the very last song of the affair; we kick out ALL of your friends and family (yes, Grandma too), and we seal the room off for one final dance – just the two of you at the end of your special day. So technically you get 2 songs. Win Win!

In closing, you have your past favorites to review, our TOP 10 list, and Delilah to find that #1 song. Party Solution Entertainment would love to help you find the first-dance song for your wedding!

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Kevin is a a professional DJ who believes no party is too BIG or too small and has provided music for festivals of thousands down to a graduation dinner for 20. Music is his mind, body and soul and believes if you can do something you LOVE every single day, you will NEVER have to work a day in your life.

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