Love Under the Moon: I Wanna Grow Old With You

I owe you an apology, hive.

I never shared our first dance song with you! It’s not that I didn’t want to, it’s just that Mr. Coyote and I had such a hard time picking one out, and by the time we finally decided on one, I didn’t have time before the wedding to squeeze another post in!

Mr. Coyote and I mulled over so many song choices when trying to decide on a first dance song. Nothing seemed to fit. Some were too long, too upbeat, the lyrics weren’t right”¦Oh, I could go on forever. Finally, I suggested a meaningful, but very offbeat, song. I initially introduced it as a joke, but we kept coming back to it. Could we really have a song by Adam Sandler as our first dance? Seeing as we had already chosen “500 Miles” for our recessional song, I didn’t see why we couldn’t.

And, so, Mr. Coyote and I had our first dance as husband and wife to “I Wanna Grow Old With You” by Adam Sandler. It was perfect! Short and sweet, with lyrics that are guaranteed to warm your heart. Even though I was a tad nervous about nailing our dance steps, Mr. Coyote did such a great job, so I just relaxed, followed his lead and enjoyed this special moment with my new husband.

“I wanna make you smile when you’re feelin’ sad,

Carry you around when your arthritis is bad.

All I wanna do is grow old with you.


“I’ll get your medicine when your tummy aches,

Build you a fire when the furnace breaks.

Oh it could be so nice, growing old with you.


“I’ll miss you,

Kiss you,

Give you my coat when you are cold.


“Need you,

Feed you,

Even let you hold the remote control.


“So let me do the dishes in our kitchen sink,

Put you to bed if you’ve had too much drink.

I could be the man who grows old with you.

I wanna grow old with you.”


Are you having a more nontraditional first dance song?

*All photos are by the fabulous Upstate Photographers unless otherwise noted.*


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Mrs. Coyote

Westchester, NY
Wedding Date:
June 2012
The Venue: We Made a Decision!
Remembering Loved Ones Lost
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    MrsFutureG 1696 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:11 am

    I have loved this song since I first saw the movie. I cry every time. It is pretty much what kindled my love of seeing old people still in love with each other. I need to see if my FI is open to using this idea, because my heart just broke a little at the idea.

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    royalpurplebride 511 posts, Busy bee @ 6:35 am

    Love the dip picture! You guys are such a cute couple! And you look really lovely in your wedding dress! So sweet! Congrats :)

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:42 am

    AWww, I love this song!!!

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    hawk 1117 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:00 am

    Great song selection!

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    BlueEyesbytheSea 97 posts, Worker bee @ 7:00 am

    Love it!! My friends just got married and had this as their first dance song. I thought it was perfect :)

    Our first dance will be to “Sweet Virginia” by the Rolling Stones, so I guess that’s pretty nontraditional… it’s just our song, and always has been :)

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    futuremrscpt 955 posts, Busy bee @ 7:33 am

    Ha ha I love it :) Great choice Mrs Coyote!

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    missgreenbean 463 posts, Helper bee @ 9:23 am

    Whata great choice! We aren’t engaged yet but I’ve often thought that a traditional first dance with SO wouldn’t feel right…so I’ve thought of a few offbeat or very personal choices. I love the idea of Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars” for sentimental reasons, or the Beatles “When I’m 64″. SO is not much of a dancer, so something out of the ordinary might be better for him.

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:34 am

    My word! I teared up, seriously.
    I was watching that movie last night and I just love that song SO much, it’s perfect.

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    This Time Round 10219 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 11:22 am

    Great first dance… and great song choice!
    Of course many view *I Want To Grow Old With You* as a bit of a “corny” tune… but really who couldn’t fall in love with the scene in the 1998 Movie *Wedding Singer* where Adam Sandler serenades Drew Barrymore with it ?
    Total classic.
    And IMO, the best song about committing one’s life to another since Lennon & McCartney wrote *When I’m Sixty-Four* back in 1967. So ya, excellent choice.
    The pics are great… can really tell that you two are enjoying yourselves, and there are some cute loving looks being exchanged.
    And the dip… oh honey, you guys look like two movie stars yourselves !!
    You so need to get that photo framed !!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:24 am

    This is our first dance song as well!!! :)

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 1:14 pm

    YESSSSS!!! “Wanna Grow Old With You” is on our first dance short list! We love The Wedding Singer and Mr. A and I actually bonded over an Adam Sandler movie night early on in our relationship. Love your choice!

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    sarah, Guest @ 2:16 pm

    aw love it!!

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    RapunzelRapunzel 812 posts, Busy bee @ 3:02 pm

    Ahhhh we’re totally leaning towards using this for our first dance too! So adorable!!:D

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 6:54 pm

    I love this! My sister’s first dance was the same. She has been married a year and her husband just got deployed. She’s working on a care package that will use that song and pick things to send to match the lyrics. I think it’s incredibly sweet!

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    coyote 1932 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:05 am

    Thank you everyone!! These comments are all too sweet and I love that many of you are using or considering this song for your first dance too. It’s such a great song!!

    @ChicagoDreamer: That is beautiful. Thank you to your sister and her husband for their sacrifice.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:12 pm

    Aw, what an adorable first dance!

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