Not-Cliché Love Songs for Your First Dance

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The first dance between a bride and groom exudes romance. However, the process of selecting the perfect song for it is anything but… It seems almost impossible to find a good song that both you and your fiancé love and is maybe even meaningful to you – all while trying to avoid the overdone and overplayed.

Every result from a Google search is either way too cheesy, outdated, overplayed on the radio, or all of the above. We get that you want your first dance to be special and unique – not super cliché. Check out our suggestions for cute, lesser-known love songs that should actually make your guests’ hearts flutter…not their eyes roll.

You – A Great Big World

“I never could imagine

How my life would change the day you came

And how all my fears and worries would just wash away

I never saw it coming, then one day all of a sudden

There was you, you, you, you

I don't have to live without you anymore”


Tenerife Sea – Ed Sheeran

“Should this be the last thing I see,

I want you to know it's enough for me

'Cause all that you are is all that I'll ever need.

I'm so in love, so in love

So in love, so in love”


Love Like This – Ben Rector

“It's the way you're smilin' at me, it's in the way you hold my hand

It's the way I've watched you change me from a boy into a man

It's a million things about you, and I don't know what it is

But I have never known a love like this”


Never Stop (Wedding Version) – SafetySuit

“I’ll never stop trying

I’ll never stop watching as you leave

I’ll never stop losing my breath

Every time I see you looking back at me

I’ll never stop holding your hand

I’ll never stop opening your door

I’ll never stop choosing you babe

I’ll never get used to you”

First Dance at Eagle Ridge by Wedgewood Weddings


When God Made a Woman – Jerrod Niemann

“Then God made a woman fall for a man

Didn't have much going, but his life began when she took his hand

The sky turned blue, the clouds parted, light shined on a lonely heart

When God made a woman”


Love on the Brain – Madilyn Bailey

“Baby you got me like ah, woo, ah

Don't you stop loving me (loving me)

Don't quit loving me (loving me)

Just start loving me (loving me)”


Can’t Help Falling in Love – Kina Grannis

“Like a river flows surely to the sea

Darling so it goes

Some things are meant to be

Take my hand, take my whole life too

For I can't help falling in love with you”


Forever Like That (Acoustic) – Ben Rector

“Well, I wanna love you, forever I do

I wanna spend all of my days with you

Will carry your burdens and be the wind at your back

Well, I wanna spend my forever, forever like that”


How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding

“How long will I love you

As long as stars are above you

And longer if I can

How long will I need you

As long as the seasons need to

Follow their plan

How long will I be with you

As long as the sea is bound to

Wash up on the sand”


She is Love – Parachute

“She is love,

And she is all I need.

She's all I need.

Well I had my ways.

They were all in vain, and she waited patiently.

It was all the same, all my pride and shame.

She put me on my feet.”


The Only Exception – Paramore

“And I've always lived like this

Keeping a comfortable distance

And up until now I had sworn to myself that I'm content

With loneliness

Because none of it was ever worth the risk

But, you are the only exception

You are the only exception”


I Was Made for Loving You – Tori Kelly ft. Ed Sheeran

“I was made for loving you

Even though we may be hopeless hearts just passing through

Every bone screaming (I don't know what we should do)

All I know is, darling, I was made for loving you”

First Dance at North Shore by Wedgewood Weddings


Speechless – The Veronicas

“Cause you leave me speechless

When you talk to me

You leave me breathless

The way you look at me

You manage to disarm me

My soul is shining through

Can't help but surrender

My everything to you”


I Will Not Take my Love Away – Matt Wertz

“I will give you what you need

In plenty or in poverty

Forever, always, look to me

And I will give you what you need”


Till the End – Jessie Ware

“When everything is changing

When I'm tripping up against the tide

Yes, I love and I love and I love and I want you

It's gonna be till the end of time

I wanna be right by your side

I'm gonna love you day and night

It's only you that makes it right, oh”


More Than Anyone – Gavin DeGraw

“I'm going to love you more than anyone

I'm going to hold you closer than before

And when I kiss your soul, your body'll be free

I'll be there for you anytime

I'm going to love you more than anyone”


Regardless of whichever song you choose to have your first dance to, it will definitely be a special moment between you and your new spouse. When trying to select the perfect song, listen to some tunes together - maybe even incorporate some slow-dancing in the kitchen - and let your hearts decide!



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