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30 First Dance Song Ideas for Alternative Weddings

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Call me a hopeless romantic, but I bloody love a first dance. Maybe it’s the music geek in me, but I just love the idea of getting to share the music you love with everyone. If you don’t already have a special song chosen then it’s the perfect excuse to look for ideas, immerse yourself in lots of lovely music and find a new song that will mean the world to you both for years to come. These are some of my very favourite love songs which could be perfect for a first dance (or any point during your wedding really!) whether you want to jump around together or do the old cling-and-sway…. from Indie to a bit of Northern Soul, absolute classics to lesser-known tracks. Oh, and the theme tune to Father Ted.

I’ve created a Spotify plylist including all these songs too – you’re welcome! I’d love to know your first dance choices in the comments.

You You You You You – The 6ths
“Who has made my dreams come true and turned my grey skies blue?

Simple Song – The Shins
“Love’s such a delicate thing that we do,
With nothing to prove, Which I never knew”

Archie, Marry Me – Alvvays
“So, honey, take me by the hand and we can sign some papers
Forget the invitations, floral arrangements and bread makers”

Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac
“Oh I, I want to be with you everywhere”

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The Book of Love – The Magnetic Fields
“But I, I love it when you read to me,
And you can read me anything”

The Lovecats – The Cure
“We’re so wonderfully wonderfully wonderfully Wonderfully pretty!
Oh you know that I’d do anything for you “

In My Life – The Beatles
“But of all these friends and lovers, there is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning when I think of love as something new”

Stay Young, Go Dancing – Deathcab for Cutie
“Through Autumn’s advancing, we’ll stay young, go dancing”

You’re My Best Friend – Queen
“You’re my sunshine and I want you to know that my feelings are true… I really love you”

You Are The Light (By Which I Travel Into This And That) – Jens Lekman
“Why would anyone need a map or a compass? It’s so beautiful to be guided by you”

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Songs of Love – The Divine Comedy
“So sing while you have time, let the song shine down from above… And fill you with songs of love”

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths
“And if a double-decker bus crashes into us…To die by your side is such a heavenly way to die”

You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin
“Before the day I met you, life was so unkind and you’re the key to my peace of mind”

Fire In My Heart – Super Furry Animals
“You’ve got needles and pins and the seven deadly sins, Still I’ve got a fire in my heart for you”

First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes
“Yours was the first face that I saw
I think I was blind before I met you”

Baby I’m Yours – The Arctic Monkeys
“Yours until the poets run out of rhyme…In other words, until the end of time”

Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) – Frank Wilson
“As long as there is life in me, your happiness is guaranteed… I’ll fill your heart with ecstasy, forever darling”

If You Find Yourself Caught In Love – Belle and Sebastian
“Someone to take your life beyond, Another TV ‘I Love 1999′”

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Nautical Punk Rock Festival Wedding

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Jess and Dan were married in a big top tent, in a field in Nympsfield, Gloucestershire. Their wedding theme was ‘rockabilly ska-punk festival’ as they were inspired by their love of punk-rock, 50s style, Polaroid photography, leopard print, tattoo culture, music and festivals.

In tattoo culture an anchor means ‘something or a person that grounds you’ so their stationery was also based upon this idea, and their wedding rings had anchors printed on them. For a festival name they decided on ‘Tie The Knot Festival’ which linked their festival idea with the nautical feel from the anchor.

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“We really went to town with the punk rock and festival elements by making line-up posters, stage time sheets and having security at the entrance to the field dishing out wristbands to guests as they arrived,” explained Jess. “We also had a festival logo designed which, as well as being on all the wedding stationery and the website, was made into patches by a friend and sewn onto denim jackets for me and Dan to wear later in the evening. We even had a version of it tattooed on our wrists in the run up to the wedding! We really focused on ‘brand consistency’ to help make it seem like a real festival and drum up excitement for our guests in the lead up.”

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Travel, Culture and Love Wedding… with a Lost Boys Cake!

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Ru and Matt’s wedding perfectly reflected them. The bride wore a striking Jenny Packham dress with messy, boho hair and they both had their tattoos proudly on display! Their epic cake played homage to their favourite 80s movie, Lost Boys, and they used lots of deep colours in the flowers and decor to show their love of all things Moroccan.

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“Our wedding was very music-orientated”, said Ru, “we were also influenced by travel mostly, colour, Morocco, Thailand, elephants and boho! One of my favourite things was our cake from Little Cherry Cake Company. We didn’t want everything to be serious. We also had a Game of Thrones themed card box which I made.”

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Rock Music Themed Wedding

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Heather and Bill’s New Jersey wedding could not have been a more perfect example of a Rock n Roll wedding if it tried! The blue haired bride and her punk rocker groom’s big day was inspired by their love of music.

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“Bill and I connected over our love of music”, said Heather. “When we first started talking, we used to swap CDs with each other. Right before we started dating, he bought me Nine Inch Nails tickets for my birthday (pretty much the moment he had my heart). We see a concert about once a month, our living room is decorated with band posters, I play guitar and ukulele, he plays guitar and keys, and it’s a constant debate over who has better music on their iPod (it’s me!) Since it’s such a major part of our lives, it made sense to make it our wedding theme.”

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Purple & Gold Wedding at the Venue Where They First Met

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Aubrey and Noah met in 2010 while both working at the venue where  they chose to get married. They started dating two years later, and within four months of that Aubrey was pregnant!

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“Our wedding was meaningful and representative of our relationship”, said the bride. “We also had a dash of purple and gold as our colour scheme. I tried to incorporate things we love throughout such as tattoos, so we had a temporary tattoo booth. We both like baseball, but love two different teams so I had bobble heads made to represent them both. Since we share a love for music, having the wedding at the music venue we met at was awesome. We made a concert poster and custom guitar picks as favours. Noah is a beer fanatic so we had beer koozies as favours too.”

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A November Rain Inspired Wedding Dress

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Yes that’s right – Kitty and Stu’s wedding, or more specifically the bride’s dress, was inspired by the November Rain music video. They had lots of other musical influences throughout the day too.

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“We wanted music to be a huge part of our day, and for it to be as chilled out as possible”, said the bride. “We opted to ditch the traditional three course meal and instead served fish n chips and burgers and fries. My dress was inspired by the Guns n Roses November Rain video and we had a friend’s cover band play in the evening. We also spent weeks working on our wedding playlist.”

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