First Dance Friday | My Favorites

Welcome to our first installment of First Dance Fridays!! I thought it would make sense to start with my top five favorite love songs! One of these could be the first dance song at my wedding, but that depends quite a bit on the groom! 😉 You can listen to these songs on Spotify here, or the links will take you to the song on YouTube.

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1) At Last – Etta James

I realize this has been been played at thousands of weddings through the generations, but you guys… I just don’t care. It’s just the sweetest song ever, and it’s a classic for a reason. Especially for brides who have waited for a long time for the right man (ahem) the words are perfectly perfect.

“At last, my love has come along
My lonely days are over
And life is like a song

You smiled, you smiled
Oh, and then the spell was cast
And here we are in heaven
for you are mine at last”

2) To Make You Feel My Love – Garth Brooks (or Bob Dylan!)


Make You Feel My Love – Adele

I can literally remember the first time I heard this song – the Garth version. I was in high school, sitting on my parents’ bed doing my homework (why I was doing it there I have no idea) and listening to the radio. The song came on, and I dropped what I was doing. I cried, and thought to myself, “this is the most romantic song I have ever heard.” Recently, the incredible Adele, remade the song, which is of course, a more modern version, and great for couples who aren’t so much loving the country music. There is also the original version by Bob Dylan another style.

“When the evening shadows and the stars appear
And there is no one there to dry your tears
I could hold you for a million years
To make you feel my love

I could make you happy, make your dreams come true
There ain’t nothing that I wouldn’t do
Go to the ends of the Earth for you
To make you feel my love, To make you feel my love”

3) Forever – Ben Harper

My sister introduced me to this song around the time of her own wedding. It is a gorgeous song, with meaningful and yet whimsical lyrics that basically blow my mind. I adore it and I think it’s perfect for a wedding.

“Not talkin’ ’bout a year
No not three or four
I don’t want that kind of forever
In my life anymore
Forever always seems
To be around when it begins
But forever never seems
To be around when it ends
So give me your forever
Please your forever
Not a day less will do From you”

4) You Belong To Me – Jason Wade

I fell in love with this song the moment I heard it, which was, of course, when I was watching the movie Shrek. It may have something to do with the fact that Jason Wade (lead singer of Lifehouse) is one of my favorite male vocalists ever – I want to fall asleep inside his voice. Is that weird? Anyway this song is beautiful and the lyrics are so sweet. It was written in the 50’s and there are several versions from that time, by Sue Thompson, Patti Page, Jo Stafford, and others.

“See the pyramids along the Nile
Watch the sunrise on a tropic isle
Just remember darlin’ all the while
You belong to me

Fly the ocean in a silver plane
See the jungle when it’s wet with rain
Just remember ’til you’re home again
You belong to me”

5) God Gave Me You – Dave Barnes (or Blake Shelton)

This is such a beautiful song. If you are a believing couple, the lyrics of this song pretty much say it all. It’s beautiful. I personally prefer the original version by Dave Barnes, but if you love country, the cover by Blake Shelton may be your preference. They are both super sweet.

“On my own I’m only
Half of what I could be
I can’t do without you
We are stitched together
And what love has tethered
I pray we never undo

God gave me you for the ups and downs
God gave me you for the days of doubt
And for when I think I lost my way
There are no words here left to say, it’s true
God gave me you”

Have a wonderful weekend friends!

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Ciiku - June 9, 2012 - 5:08 pm

That Ben Harper song is just divine!

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