The First Dance – Torture For So Many Couples

First Dance Songs | Wedding Music



If you think saying your vows in front of a crowd will be nerve-wracking, have you thought about dancing in front of a crowd? No pressure. Hahahaha. The first dance is a relatively new tradition and it serves one purpose: to kick off the post-dinner festivities.

This iconic moment can trip up many couples. Unless you were recently contestants on Dancing With The Stars, it’s quite likely you are not accustomed to dancing in front of people. Choosing the right song is key. Your first dance song should be:

  • meaningful to you both
  • all-ages appropriate
  • easy to dance to

Most brides and grooms have a song they consider their song, but often these songs aren’t appropriate for a first dance. So couples rely on the tried and true; songs that are played to death at too many weddings. (I’m lookin’ at you Etta James and Louis Armstrong. At Last and Wonderful World are fabulous songs. Classics. But they’ve been done.)

If you’re in the market for some fresh first dance ideas let me introduce you to three songs that you probably haven’t considered. Two are original compositions, one is a cover that blows away the original. (IMHO.) In order to make the cut, the songs had to meet three criteria. The songs had to:

  1. be relatively unknown (no John Legend or Ed Sheeran here)
  2. be beautiful (duh)
  3. make me cry (if you know me, this is mandatory)

Pardon My Eyes by Chloe Albert

You know when you hear an artist for the first time and they just stop you in your tracks? Chloe Albert did that to me when I discovered the Edmonton-based artist on CBC radio a few years ago. I have both of Chloe’s CDs and think this song, from her debut Dedicated State, is a perfect first dance song.

Killer lyrics:

I will follow you wherever you go

Can we not waste any time

I will love you just as high

As we can climb.


Into The Bright Lights by Chris Trapper

I hadn’t heard of Boston singer-songwriter Chris Trapper until I saw Chloe Albert (see above) performing her cover of this song on YouTube. Chloe’s version is lovely, but this, the original, has my heart.

Killer lyrics:

soar from the moonlight
straight to the sunrise
this will be our time
to free-fall and nosedive
out of the black night
into the bright lights
with the whole world in our sight
like a miniature paradise


If I Should Fall Behind by Rose Cousins (a duet with Mark Erelli)

This song was written by The Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen and is featured on East Coast singer-songwriter Rose Cousins’ album We Have Made a Spark. Sorry Bruce, but I think Rose Cousins’ heartbreakingly beautiful version blows yours away. I couldn’t find that album version on YouTube. This live recording is good, but I suggest you try to find the album version on iTunes.

Killer lyric:

We said we’d walk together baby come what may
That come the twilight should we lose our way
If as we’re walking a hand should slip free
I’ll wait for you
And should I fall behind
Wait for me

The first dance is always a highlight moment of any wedding. I’d love to hear about your song selections. How did you select your first dance song? Did you choose a little-known song for your first dance or a classic? Let me know in the comments. I may feature some of your choices in a follow-up post.



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