LDS First Dance Wedding Songs

Wedding Music Checklist for LDS wedding receptions
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Believe it or not, five or ten years from now you won’t quite be able to recall the taste of your wedding cake, the colors in your bouquet, or the way the bridesmaid’s dresses looked. But you’ll still get teary-eyed when you hear the song that you chose for your first dance of the wedding reception.

So how do you go about choosing “your song,” the one you will remember forever? Write down five adjectives that describe the atmosphere of your ceremony, and find the correct category on this list. It will point your feet in the right direction and help you make the best decision possible.

Timeless Classic First Dance Songs

You can’t go wrong with any of the suggestions in this category. These songs have stood the test of time, and retained their sentimental quality without ever becoming cheesy or dated.

Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers
Everything I Do (I Do It for You) by Bryan Adams
I Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley
Everything I Do by Bryan Adam
At Last by Etta James
Love Me Tender remix by Thalia and Elvis Presley
The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra
God Only Knows by Beach Boys
Unforgettable by Nat King Cole
All My Life by Linda Rondstadt and Aaron Neville
Stand By Me by Ben E. King
Thank You (For Loving Me) by Bon Jovi
You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker
When I Fall in Love by Nat King Cole

First Dance Songs for LDS brides and grooms
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Modern First Dance Songs

Maybe choosing a traditional bride and groom first dance song isn’t for you. Maybe you want to play something that hasn’t been played at very many wedding receptions before. Maybe you want something newer, fresher, or with a little more bite than the old standbys. Then read on. (Note: Be very careful about choosing anything written in the last 10 years – it could become dated or silly in ways you don’t now anticipate!)
Colors by Amos Lee
That’s So You by The Rocket Summer
If the Moon Fell Down Tonight by Dear Juliet
Sweet Baby by Macy Gray
Love by Matt White
Let Me Take You There by the Plain White T’s
Look After You by the Fray
Love Should by Moby
When You Look Me in the Eyes by the Jonas Brothers
The Luckiest by Ben Folds
I’ll Always Be Right There by Michelle Branch
From this Moment by Shania Twain
I Knew I Loved You by Savage Garden
Hero by Enrique Iglesias
Truly, Madly, Deeply by Savage Garden
I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing by Aerosmith

Upbeat First Dance Songs

If slow and sentimental isn’t your thing, don’t choose a ballad for your first dance. Instead go for something a little more up tempo. If you aren’t sure that there are appropriate selections that won’t put you and your guests to sleep, try out some of the titles on this list.

1st dance songs for an LDS bride and groom
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Baby It’s Fact by Hellogoodby
The Heart Never Lies by McFly
Brighter Than Sunshine by Aqualung
With You by Chris Brown
Love Like This by Natasha Beddingfield featuring Sean Kingston
Bubbly by Colbie Calliat
Beautiful Soul by Jesse McCartney
The Girl by City and Colour
Everything by Michael Bublé
Higher and Higher by Jackie Wilson
My First, My Last, My Everything by Barry White
Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen
Such Great Heights by the Postal Service

Country First Dance Songs

If you are a country music lover, then you’re in luck. No other genre of music is as expressive and perfect for a wedding first dance than country. Oldies but goodies as well as more recent hits abound in the country music category.

Cross My Heart by George Strait
It’s Your Love by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Amazed Lone Star
Breathe by Faith Hill
I Do by Paul Brandt
I Do (Cherish You) by Mark Wills
Your Everything by Keith Urban
Making Memories of Us by Keith Urban
Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts
History in the Making by Darius Rucker
Somebody Like You by Keith Urban
Soulmate by Josh Turner
Best Friend by Tim McGraw
My Valentine by Martina McBride
Never Alone by Jim Brickman, sung by Lady Antebellum

First Dance Songs,
Photo Courtesy of Marielle Hayes Photography

Whatever your wedding style and personal taste, there’s a perfect first dance song out there for your reception. Keep a pen an paper with you and keep looking and keep your ears open for songs and singers you hear and like in the coming months. When you hear the songs you like-write them down. Have your fiance do the same and compare lists. With the lists above and some research by you, you will be able to find the perfect “Our Song”.

♥ Jenny Evans
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