A while back, I wrote a blog post on five unique first dance songs that I’d like to hear played during a bride and groom’s first dance. Moira then followed up with five songs of her own. Since the original post, I’ve come across a ton of other great music, so I thought why not revisit this topic once more. The goal here is to provide you with some lesser known titles that haven’t been played to death at weddings. So without further ado, here are five more unique first dance song ideas.
1) “Boots of Spanish Leather” by Mandolin Orange (Bob Dylan cover)
This is one of my favorite Dylan songs performed by one of my favorite new folk artists. Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz perform the song as a duet, which I think is a nice touch for a bride and groom’s first dance. The song is pushing seven minutes, though, so you’ll probably want to cut it down to a verse or two.
2) “Holocene” by Bon Iver
The popular choice here would be “Skinny Love,” but “Holocene” is just as pretty, albeit lyrically unintelligible. Now that I think of it, just about anything by Bon Iver would be great for a first dance. Dealer’s choice!
3) “Digging Shelters” by Neil Halstead
Much like the last one, it’s tough to make sense of the lyrics, but it’s a beautiful and poetic song nonetheless. The live version is a lot more raw and visceral, so if you have a friend with guitar skills and a great voice, this would be a perfect request.
4) “Poor Boy Can’t Dance” by Barton Carroll
This one’s a bit more up-tempo, so it would be a great fit if you’re looking to do a choreographed dance. Plus, it’s wedding-themed, so all the more fitting. Full disclosure, it’s about an out of town guest trying to get busy with one of your bridesmaids, but it’s a great song nonetheless!
5) “Losing You” by John Butler Trio
“I don’t mind growing old, losing teeth and going bald… all I mind is losing you.” What could be more romantic than that?
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