5 Unconventional First Dance Songs

A bride and groom performing their first dance at their wedding.

Are you looking for the perfect first dance song to play at your wedding? With so many musical options available, it can be really hard to make a single selection. After all, there are so many elements to consider! Which lyrics suit your personal situation best? What tempo is appropriate? Is there a specific genre you both prefer? Are you set on a particular artist? Will you dance to the entire song or just an excerpt? These are only a few of the many questions you and your fiancé need to consider!

Ultimately, however, it all boils down to this: what do you want your first dance together as a married couple to symbolize? To figure this out, it’s important that the two of you sit down together and discuss it thoroughly. Talking openly about this decision will help ensure you’re both on the same page. It’ll also make it all the more meaningful. When you both know the intent behind the song and the dance, the moment becomes even more significant.

While many couples choose “trendy” or “popular” first dance songs, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to. In fact, selecting a rarely-played-at-weddings song can be both surprising and fun for you and your guests. Before picking your song, take some time to consider these unique options you may not have thought of yet.

1. “Mess is Mine” by Vance Joy

Do you and your fiancé enjoy music with a folk edge? Vance Joy’s “Mess is Mine” may be the perfect selection. Check out these super sweet lyrics:

Talking like we used to do
It was always me and you
Shaping up and shipping out
Check me in and check me out

Do you like walking in the rain?
When you think of love, do you think of pain?
You can tell me what you see
I will choose what I believe

Hold on, darling
This body is yours,
This body is yours and mine
Well hold on, my darling
This mess was yours,
Now your mess is mine

2. “Latch” by Disclosure

A young black couple dancing at their wedding with confetti swirling around them.

Another beautiful option is “Latch” by Disclosure. There’s an amazing acoustic version of this song that could suit a wedding perfectly:

You lift my heart up
When the rest of me is down
You, you enchant me, even when you’re not around
If there are boundaries, I will try to knock them down
I’m latching on babe
Now I know what I have found

I feel we’re close enough
I wanna lock in your love
I think we’re close enough
Could I lock in your love, baby?

Now I got you in my space
I won’t let go of you
Got you shackled in my embrace
I’m latching on to you

3. “You and Me” by Penny and the Quarters

Looking for an oldie but a goodie? If you both enjoy older songs but want something that hasn’t been overused, “You and Me” by Penny and the Quarters may fit the bill. The lyrics are simple, but couldn’t be more appropriate for a wedding dance:

If the stars don’t shine
If the moon won’t rise
If I never see the setting sun again
You won’t hear me cry as I testify
Please believe me boy you know I would I lie
As long as there is you and me
Nobody baby but you and me
You and me
You and me
Nobody baby but you and me

4. “Stickwitu” by the Pussycat Dolls

Two brides dancing together on a grassy lawn.

Oldies aren’t for everyone. If you prefer something with a little more modern pop, a great option is “Stickwitu” by The Pussycat Dolls. This song puts into words what it means to stick with the one you love through thick and thin:

I don’t want to go another day
So I’m telling you, exactly what is on my mind
Seems like everybody is breaking up
And throwing their love away
But I know I got a good thing right here
That’s why I say

Nobody gonna love me better, I’m gon’ stickwitu forever
Nobody gonna take me higher, I’m gon’ stickwitu
You know how to appreciate me, I’m gon’ stickwitu, my baby
Nobody ever made me feel this way, I’ma stickwitu

5. “Beautiful Trauma” by P!nk

Want something completely unexpected? P!nk’s “Beautiful Trauma” is both unique, funny, and upbeat. There’s little else that could be a more surprising choice for a first dance song…and yet, the lyrics may be surprisingly fitting for some couples.

We were on fire
I slashed your tires
It’s like we burned so bright we burned out
I made you chase me
I wasn’t that friendly
My love, my drug, we’re fucked up

‘Cause I’ve been on the run so long they can’t find me
You waking up to remember I’m pretty
And when the chemicals leave my body
Yeah, they’re gonna find me in a hotel lobby ’cause

Tough times they keep coming
All night laughing
Some days like I’m barely breathing
Then after we were high and the love dope died, it was you

The pill I keep taking
The nightmare I’m waking
There’s nothing, no nothing, nothing but you
My perfect rock bottom
My beautiful trauma
My love, my love, my drug

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