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Wedding Music – More First Dance Songs

13 Aug

I enjoy writing these music posts… as a photographer’s assistant for Roberto Farren Photography, I’m often involved in logistics, people, and details.  However it’s the speeches and the music that are often what really sets the tone for the celebration, makes people slow down, and more often than not, tear up. Here are a few more of my ever-growing list of top first dance songs:

  • For once in my life, Stevie Wonder – There are easily a dozen Stevie Wonder songs that could have made this list, but this one is my fave, partly because it was my sister’s first dance song, but also because it’s happy, it’s fun, and it’s easy to dance to. This song reminds me of someone that feels like they absolutely won first prize when they met their partner, and is totally unashamed of shouting it out.
  • She’s got a way, Billy Joel – Every once in a while, you get a couple that decides that one will choose the first dance song and surprise the other. If it’s a bride being surprised, this is a classic. From Billy Joel’s first album, ‘She’s got a way’ is a less peppy but very honest and loving song, and it’s a wonderful dedication to your partner as a first dance.
  • Make you feel my love, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Adele, Garth Brooks, Shawn Colvin, Neil Diamond, etc – A song that works for any couple, regardless of what type of music you like! Not everyone is a fan of Bob Dylan’s singing voice, but it is undeniable that he is one of the best songwriters ever, and gosh, does he nail it with this song. This song isn’t about standing on the roof shouting, it’s about sitting together, holding hands, and looking into each other’s eyes. The lyrics reflect traditional wedding vows, and detail all the ways you would be there for each other as you enter your marriage.  And if you aren’t a fan of the gravelly rasp in Dylan’s later tunes, you’ve got a whole host of alternatives to check out!

And now that those three are up, three more have popped into my head… more to come!

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More songs for your first dance: Now with more ‘Bens’!

3 Jul

I quite liked writing my recent post on alternatives to traditional first dance songs for your wedding.  I was staying with my parents for the weekend, so aside from my mom being confused as to why I was tearing up at my computer early on a Saturday morning (damn you Conor Oberst), it was a fun and easy post to write.  Seconds after I posted, I started to think of loads of awesome wedding songs that I had left off, and I got annoyed with myself, and had to go back into the post and add “more to come” so that I could carry on with my day.   That said, here are my next 3 songs, in no particular order.

  • Such Great Heights, The Postal Service – I’m a little bit partial to this one as it is kind of our song, ever since I put it on the first mix tape I made for Bob when we started dating (look it up kids: cassette tape).  At the very last minute it didn’t end up being our first dance song when we were married.  Both Roberto and I are hands-down-amazing dancers, but it’s a high tempo song with a long intro and it’s a little bit difficult to dance to and unfortunately we didn’t have time to work it out.  However if you practice and pull it off, it’s an awesome, upbeat song that will definitely fill up the dance floor half way through!
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Lorrie and John steal a quiet moment during their recent Boston wedding.

  • Forever, Ben Harper – A really slow, quiet song – Just Ben and his guitar.  But the lyrics are lovely, and if you’re not award winning ballroom dancers, it’s definitely the kind of song you can just sort of sway to together.
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Colleen and Emmet’s recent Boston engagement photography session.

  • The Luckiest, Ben Folds – If you’ve got the kind of story where, like me, meeting your spouse was 98% down to happy chance, then this might be your song.  It’s super sweet, and it’s one of those songs where the lyrics manage to say exactly what you want to say.

Again, definitely more on this to come…

But for now, thanks for reading!


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Your first dance: Awesome songs that aren’t “that song from Armageddon”

29 Jun

I had a long drive yesterday, which meant a long time alone with my radio.  Just short of the hour mark, one of my favorite non-traditional wedding songs came on the radio, and as I bopped happily along, I started thinking of some of the best first dance songs I’ve heard at weddings while working with Roberto Farren Photography.  Here are three of my faves…

  • A Thousand Years, Christina Perri – If you’re not a 14-year-old girl, you might not recognize this as a song from the Twilight saga, but it is.  However there is actually some amazing music (Radiohead, Muse, Iron & Wine) on these soundtracks, so I feel like it’s still acceptable, and this is a really lovely song which is perfect for your first slow dance with your new spouse.  Side note: During Will and Christine’s wedding, Christine surprised Will by singing and playing piano in an AMAZING version of this song for her new husband.  Roberto captured the replay of this moment at their East Coast celebration in Boston.  I would have helped, but I was in the corner bawling my eyes out.
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Cassandra and Sean spin their way through their first dance as a married couple at their recent Boston wedding.

  • This is the First Day of My Life, Bright Eyes – Some of my favorite lyrics over a tinkling, happy melody, this song is about admitting that your love has swept over you so ferociously, that it’s hard to remember what came before it.  Reader challenge: Check out the awesome video for this sweet song. If you don’t find yourself grinning or tearing up 1.) you’re probably lying and 2.) have a look at this smiling baby goat, because you need to have your heart thawed out a bit.
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Lynn and Joe burned up the floor during their first dance at their wedding in Maine.

  • Into my Arms, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – One you don’t hear very often at weddings, but Nick Cave’s voice is melted butter.  The lyrics are irreverent and revering at the same time, and something about his voice and his serious, dark eyes makes you realize that this love is no joke.  Definitely one of those songs that can make the breath catch in your chest, and a show-stopper for the right couple’s first dance.

Definitely more on this topic to come, but for now I’m signing off.  Have a great weekend and…

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