first dance

first dance

There are a lot of things we love about weddings, but without fail,
the couple’s First Dance as husband + wife is always near the top of our list.

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Venue: THE SPRINGS in McKinney (Stone Hall) | Photographer: Elizabeth Bristol Photography

Following a traditional timeline, the bride + groom are introduced into the reception and immediately go into their First Dance.

(Remember – “traditional” does not mean “the only way to do it.” There is no wrong way to wedding!)

Considering the fact that your First Dance will most likely be the “kick-off” to your reception (a.k.a. the biggest + best party of your life), we are here to help you choose the P E R F E C T song for such a special moment. We’ve got a few tips for you, as well as a list of our brides‘ favorite First Dance songs.

And we can be honest. We know you’re really here for the songs… so we’ll start with those + then wrap up with the tips. Sound good? Good. 🙂

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1 | “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran

Darling, just hold my hand. Be my girl, I’ll be your man. I see my future in your eyes.

2 | “Then” by Brad Paisley

Now you’re my whole life. Now you’re my whole world. I just can’t believe the way I feel about you, girl.
Like a river meets the sea, stronger than it’s ever been. We’ve come so far since that day and I thought I loved you then.

3 | “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes

Yours is the first face that I saw. I think I was blind before I met you.

4 | “Marry Me” by Train

Forever can never be long enough for me to feel like I’ve had long enough with you.

5 | “Faithfully” by Journey

I’m forever yours. Ever yours. Faithfully

6 | “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King

When the night has come and the land is dark and the moon is the only light we’ll see.
No, I won’t be afraid. No, I won’t be afraid. Just as long as you stand, stand by me.

7 | “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys

Some people want it all, but I don’t want nothing at all if it ain’t you, baby. If I ain’t got you, baby.
Some people want diamond rings, some just want everything, but everything means nothing if I ain’t got you.

8 | “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz

I won’t give up on us even if the skies get rough. I’m giving you all my love. I’m still looking up.

9 | “My Best Friend” by Tim McGraw

I don’t know where I’d be without you here with me. Life with you makes perfect sense. You’re my best friend.

10 | “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri

All along, I believed I would find you. Time has brought your heart to me. I have loved you for a thousand years. I’ll love you for a thousand more.

11 | “Forever Like That” by Ben Rector

I want to love you forever, I do. I want to spend all of my days with you.
Carry your burdens and be the wind at your back. I want to spend my forever, forever like that.

12 | “Everything” by Michael Buble

And in this crazy life and through these crazy times, it’s you, it’s you.
You make me sing. You’re every line. You’re every word. You’re everything.

13 | “How Long Will I Love You” by Ellie Goulding

How long will I love you? As long as stars are above you and longer if I can.

14 | “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by Sleeping At Last

And if I grow old, well, I know I’m gonna be, I’m gonna be the man who’s growing old with you.

15 | “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne

Baby, we’ve come a long way and baby, you know I hope and I pray that you believe me when I say this love will never fade away.

16 | “Dancing Shoes” by Green River Ordinance

In a world that gets lost in making plans, just be my woman and I will be your man.

17 | “XO” by John Mayer

In the darkest night hour, I’ll search through the crowd. Your face is all that I see. I’ll give you everything.

18 | “Feet Don’t Touch the Ground” by Stoney LaRue

With you by my side, I can do without the city lights.
I fly so high when you’re around, my feet don’t touch the ground.

19 | “With You I Am” by Cody Johnson

Strong as an oak, soft like leather. High as a pine and light as a feather.
The same old boy, but a whole lot better whenever you’re holding my hand.

20 | “Die A Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett

If all I got is your hand in my hand, baby, I could die a happy man.

21 | “All of Me” by John Legend

All of me loves all of you, loves your curves and all your edges, all your perfect imperfections.
Give your all to me, I’ll give my all to you. You’re my end and my beginning. Even when I lose, I’m winning.

22 | “Cinema” by Jason Evigan

I could watch you for a lifetime. You’re my favorite movie.

23 | “Wherever You Will Go” by Charlene Soraia

Way up high or down low, I’ll go wherever you will go.

24 | “I Get to Love You” by Ruelle

I get to love you. It’s the best thing that I’ll ever do. I get to love you. It’s a promise I’m making to you.
Whatever may come, your heart I will choose. Forever I’m yours. Forever I do.

25 | “Yours (Wedding Edition)” by Russell Dickerson

I came to life when I first kissed you. The best me has his arms around you. You make me better than I was before. Thank God I’m yours.

Head over to our “Favorite First Dance Songs” Spotify playlist to give the songs above a listen.

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first dance
Venue: THE SPRINGS in Magnolia (Stonebridge) | Photographer: Kristen Curette

As we mentioned earlier, we think choosing your First Dance song is a special + important part of wedding planning
so we do want to leave you with a few tips:

Think through songs that hold importance to you and your future husband/wife. Is there anything that immediately comes to mind?
Is there an artist or band that the two of you love to see in concert together? If so, you may have some good song options on the table already!
And just imagine seeing this artist/band in concert AFTER your wedding and getting to hear them play “your song” live… cue the tears!

Or maybe there are a few First Dance songs you love + you’re having a hard time picking just one. No worries! Have your DJ create a mix of the two (or three or four!)
Some of our favorite First Dances have been a mashup of more than one song. If you plan on doing this, our advice is to start out with the slower song and then move into the fun, more upbeat song!

We say this often, but it’s because we mean it: “traditional” does not mean “the only way to do it.” When it comes to your First Dance song (and your wedding, in general), feel free to think outside the box!
Maybe there is a song you love, but it seems a little overdone? If so, look up a cover! Several songs on the list above are covers of the original. And sometimes, we like it better that way.

So,  grab your fiance, grab a cup of coffee or maybe a glass of wine + start listening to some songs. More often than not, you’ll both know it’s “the one” as soon as you hear it. 🙂

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Venue: THE SPRINGS in Magnolia (Stonebridge) | Photographer: Theo-Graphics

And, that’s about it!
Did you see a song on our list that feels perfect for your First Dance? If so, let us know in the comments below!

If you are dreaming of having your First Dance at THE SPRINGS, reach out to the location nearest you
+ let’s get you set up with a private tour today!

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Happy Wedding!

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