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Real Couples' First Dance Songs

Need some inspiration to find the perfect song for your first dance as a married couple? Here, real couples reveal how they chose the right song for that special moment.

By: Kristen Klein

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  • "Surrender" by Michele McLaughlin

    "Surrender" by Michele McLaughlin

    Shabnam and Matthew took dance lessons to prepare for their grand debut as husband and wife. "We chose this song because it's unique and romantic. Our family and friends were all impressed by our dance!" Shabham shared.

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  • “Save the Last Dance for Me” by Michael Bublé

    “Save the Last Dance for Me” by Michael Bublé

    Melissa and Frank hosted their wedding in a historic theater and shared their first dance on the same stage Melissa performed on as a child. “It was so fun to return to the stage where I grew up dancing and end my time there with my new husband. Of course, you can see how the song fit!” Melissa said.

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    Photo Credit: Ueda Photography

  • "Book of Love" by Peter Gabriel

    "Book of Love" by Peter Gabriel

    "We loved the simplicity of the lyrics, and it made us think of one another," Charlotte revealed.

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    Photo Credit: Timmester Photography

  • “Give Into Me” from the Country Strong soundtrack

    “Give Into Me” from the Country Strong soundtrack

    The lyrics of this song reminded Jackie and Richard of their journey to becoming a couple.

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    Photo Credit: Rose Street Studio

  • "You Make Me Smile" by Aloe Blacc

    "You Make Me Smile" by Aloe Blacc

     "During the first year we started dating, we would play it on a remix in the car all the time, and ever since then, it's been 'our song.' I think we just relate to the lyrics because we both fell in love with the fact that we make each other laugh so much," Mélissa said.

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    Photo Credit: Quetzal Photo

  • "You and I" by Michael Bublé

    "You and I" by Michael Bublé

    "Michael Bublé has a way with romance in his music, and the lyrics are so beautiful," said Amber.

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  • "Marry Me" by Train

    "Marry Me" by Train

    Around the time Robert proposed to Vicharin, "Marry Me" was a constant fixture on the radio. It became a song that reminded them of that special time, leading them to choose it as their first dance song.

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  • "XO" by Beyoncé

    "XO" by Beyoncé

    "We wanted something non-traditional and unexpected, and the lyrics to the song are actually quite touching," explained Emily.

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    Photo Credit: EP Love

  • "Evergreen" by Ryan Adams

    "Evergreen" by Ryan Adams

    "We were driving one day back when we first started dating, and I was bombarding him with Ryan Adams music. He really liked this song, and we decided that it would be 'our song' just for fun!" recalled Toby.

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  • "Till There was You" by The Beatles

    "Till There was You" by The Beatles

    While proposing to Katie, Todd chose to play "Till There Was You" by the Beatles in the background and remarked that it'd be a great first dance song. He later learned that it was actually Katie's parents' wedding song! "My parents joined in dancing with us," Katie shared.

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    Photo Credit: Dana Lane Photography

  • "All of My Days" by Alexi Murdoch

    "All of My Days" by Alexi Murdoch

    "We chose it while we were still in Scotland after getting engaged. We had always loved Alexi Murdoch and would listen to his music a lot while we were on the trip, so we picked our favorite out of all his songs," Margo said.

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  • “Free” by Zac Brown Band

    “Free” by Zac Brown Band

    “We used to listen to this song when we would take long road trips, and it has always made us feel happy and at peace. It’s a beautiful yet unconventional choice for a first dance, but we love the message behind it and the memories that it holds for us,” Brittan said.

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    Photo Credit: Browne Photography

Real Couples' First Dance Songs

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