A few weeks ago we announced the launch of my new favorite feature on A Practical Wedding: playlists! Music was such an important part of what made Michael’s and my wedding feel like it belonged to us, and choosing said music ended up being one of the most fun things we got to do together during the planning process. (Creative! Personal! Basically free!) But some songs were harder to choose than others. (First dance song? Easy. Parent dances? Like pulling teeth.) And since we think of APW readers as having pretty damn awesome taste, we figured what better way to help other people plan their wedding music than to share what we’ve all used.
Now, before we dive into today’s playlist, we received a few requests for parent dances after the last playlist went up, which of course makes perfect sense because good parent songs are hard to find. So let’s see if we can’t offer up some alternatives to the expected. I ended up loving our parent dances, so I’ll share first. We used “Changes” by Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne and “God Speed, Sweet Dreams” by the Dixie Chicks. Both still make me cry each time I hear them. If you have a parent dance you love, leave it in the comments and we’ll pull some of our favorites into a playlist like this one.
And now…the result of our original request for your favorite first dance songs! We pored over all of your suggestions (seriously. I listened to every song. And then cried a little bit. Because love is beautiful and I’m a sap) and have pulled together a small sampling of our favorites to create APW’s inaugural First Dance Songs playlist, creatively titled “First Dance Songs, Volume One.”
First Dance Songs, Vol. 1
- “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne
- “That’s How Strong My Love Is” by Otis Redding
- “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds
- “Sea of Love” by Cat Power
- “Can’t Help Falling in Love” as covered by Ingrid Michaelson
- “Life is Beautiful” by Keb’ Mo’
- “Stuck on You” by Meiko
- “The Book of Love” by The Magnetic Fields
- “This Will Be Our Year” by The Zombies
- “The Promise” by Tracy Chapman
- “Tupelo Honey” by Van Morrison
- “Stay Young, Go Dancing” by Death Cab for Cutie
Firstly, I’d like to thank whoever recommended “The Promise.” I could listen to Tracy Chapman all day long. And secondly, I just want to reiterate that this is just a small sampling of the songs that came out of that first post. If you don’t find what you’re looking for in this playlist, there are about a hundred more suggestions in the comments over here! (All really good.) So enjoy listening and make sure to grab a tissue box before Ben Folds starts playing.
Until next time, happy (er, well, emotional is more like it) listening! And feel free to leave us a comment letting us know what songs you’re having a hard time choosing and we might just choose that for our next playlist.
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