Unconventional First Dance Songs for Couples That Are Wild At Heart

Picking your first dance can sometimes feel like an impossible task. With so many incredible songs out there – where should you focus for that one song to begin your married lives together?

We’re here to help. We’ve gone out in search of unconventional first dance songs, that are perfectly suited for couples that are wild at heart.  Here’s our final shortlist. 

Photographer: Kayla Dawn

Gah. This utterly gorgeous song is the perfect first dance for a wild couple. Between the delicate guitar to the gentle lyrics that take you one a breathless story of love and adventure, it’s the ultimate choice for the modern day fairytale. 

Lyric spotlight: “In the morning when I wake/And the sun is coming through/ Oh, you fill my lungs with sweetness/ And you fill my head with you.”

There’s a tendency for first dance songs to be pretty cheesy. But we love this cheeky country classic, that will appeal to any couple who aren’t totally comfortable going for an overtly romantic tune. The lyrics are playful and super cute, and – best of all – you don’t need to be a dance-pro to feel comfortable on your feet with this one.

Lyric spotlight: “I don’t dance / but here I am / Spinning you around and around in circles / It ain’t my style, but I don’t care / I’d do anything with you anywhere / Yes, you got me in the palm of your hand”

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Photographer: The Caryls

How about an upbeat classic for your first dance? All of your guests are guaranteed to sing along to this cute retro song, whilst you’ll be dancing your way into married life with a huge smile on your faces.

Lyric spotlight: I can’t see me lovin’ nobody but you / For all my life / When you’re with me, baby the skies’ll be blue / For all my life”

Adventurous often couples live life on the road. So why not honour the romance in your rootlessness with this indie classic. As they say, home is where the heart is. A sentiment that’s reflected perfectly in this song.

Lyric spotlight: Moats and boats and waterfalls / Alleyways and pay phone calls / I’ve been everywhere with you / That’s true, laugh until we think we’ll die / Barefoot on a summer night / Never could be sweeter than with you

Famous for their indie classics, your thoughts might not have gone to the Arctic Monkeys when thinking of a first dance song. But their ultra romantic “Baby I’m Yours” is the perfect choice for any wild couple. With the unmistakable soothing voice of frontman Alex Turner and retro 60s accompaniment – you’re sure to be swooning your way into marriage with this first dance song.

Lyric spotlight: Baby I’m yours/ And I’ll be yours until the stars fall from the sky/ Yours, until the rivers all run dry/ In other words, until I die

Fans of Ben Howard are sure to have heard this iconic classic, but lift the bonnet on those lyrics and you’ll wonder why it wasn’t always top of your first dance list. A gorgeous, heady mix of adventurousness, travel and love, this song is the perfect pick for any wild couple.

Lyric spotlight: “And I’ll be yours to keep/A wind in the shadow, a whale song in the deep”

Photographer: Tony Wodarck

Calling all New Girl fans! Did you know that Zooey Deschanel is in a band called She & Him? Their songs are full to bursting with choices for a first dance, but the super sweet “I was made for you” has to be one of our faves. The retro, 60s vibe is perfect for any couple who are having a rock n’ roll wedding.

Lyric spotlight: When I saw you smile/I saw a dream come true/So I asked you, maybe, baby what you gonna do?

If you would like a first dance that’s sentimental and has a more abstract meaning, then look no further than Snow Patrol’s “Lifeboats”. The lyrics themselves are like poetry (just like all Snow Patrol songs), reflecting the beautiful sentiment of being one another’s lifeboats through love and life.

Lyric spotlight: Gliding like a satellite in a broken night/And when I wake you’re there I’m saved

This gorgeous song by Bright Eyes is a great choice for any wild couple who want a song that reflects the simple beauty of love. Meeting the person we’ve decided to marry changes us forever more, and this song reflects that idea: that the moment you met them was the first day of the rest of your life.

Lyric spotlight: “Yours was the first face that I saw / I think I was blind before I met you / I don’t know where I am, I don’t know where I’ve been / But I know where I want to go” 

Mix the incredible voices of Angus and Julia Stone with lyrics that conjure up images of love as a powerful, natural force and you have “Wedding Song”. Understated in tempo, it’s only when you tune into the words that you realise how beautiful it is, and how fitting it is for a first dance. 

Lyric spotlight: “Do you know how lovely you are? / In the starlight, in the starlight of my heart / Do you know how lovely you are? / In the moonlight, in the moonlight of my heart” 

Written by:
Dirty Boots & Messy Hair Team

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Wedding Planning
31 Oct 2018


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