It’s so easy to get lost in the endless collection of wedding-appropriate songs when searching for the perfect tune to play for your first dance. We’ve jumped into that list head first and surfaced with this list of beautiful, non-traditional songs that you may not yet have come across in your research.
At Last – Jason Mraz
Yes, ‘At Last’ has had a hundred lives since Etta James first released the hit in 1961 but this version combines the classic romance of the song with Mraz’s famous acoustic, island sounds and puts a bit more of a rhythm behind it. This track is only 1 and a half minutes long so your partner will be off the hook when it comes to learning a long routine or dancing in front of friends and family. Great for couples who want the sincerity of the lyrics without the public intimacy required for a slower track.
Falling Slowly – Glen Hansard
This song is not very well known but was the feature track on the 2006 independent film, Once. The film was later produced as a Broadway musical in 2012, where the song experienced its second wave of exposure. It has a magical simplicity with the combination of piano, acoustic guitar and strings and its Irish folk roots provide a unique style. Beautiful for a tender slow dance.
I Was Made For Loving You – Tori Kelly
Another acoustic number, this song is soft and stirring. With a beautifully simple and very catchy chorus, this piece by the American Idol contestant will have your guests welling up just listening to the lyrics.
Grow Old With Me – Jason Robert Brown
For that full, big band sound without the same old tune, give this hidden gem a go. Written and performed by Broadway producer, Jason Robert Brown, this song truly is unique and, if exclusivity is what you’re after, we guarantee you won’t encounter many other couples who share this song. Have a listen!
The Prayer – Postmodern Jukebox
This is an upbeat, retro take on a classical love song. The lyrics remain intact while the style takes on a new life. The artists involved on this track are serious singers and bring their own modern twist to the music making it an ideal choice for those who love the sentiment of the song but want something a little more danceable.