First Dance Friday: A Year in Review

Just like that it is the last Friday of December, the last Friday of the year, and the last First Dance Friday post for 2016. What a year it has been! You got engaged, some of your friends probably got engaged. Weddings are being talked about all the time, and we couldn’t be happier!

A few months ago we started First Dance Fridays, which is a blog series we started to help you find the perfect song for your first dance (pretty nice of us to do that isn’t it?. You’re welcome). Every week we select a new song, let you listen to it, and then tell you all the reasons we think it is the perfect song for you.

In the spirit of the end of the year, and keeping in tradition of reviewing 2016 as it quickly comes to a close, we are going to review our song selections from 2016. So get comfy, grab yourself a drink and prepare your mental dance moves. Here we go!

From the Ground Up 

This song by Dan and Shay is perfect for all our country loving brides, but it ins’t your traditional country song. This song is about love, and how your lives will evolve together after the wedding. This is one of our faves!

Still Falling for You

This song from Ellie Goulding was featured in the Bridget Jones’s Baby soundtrack. So in addition to hearing a great song, you get to see some shots of McDreamy from Greys.. I mean, do you need any other reason to listen to it?

Over and Over Again

This song is a duet showing both sides of a love story sung by Nathan Skyes and Ariana Grande. There are two love stories being told in this song, just like there are two love stories in your relationship. This emotion filled song will be sure to give you all the wedding feels.

Die a Happy Man

Another country song, we can’t help it. Those country singers are easy on the eyes and always give us the goods. This song was written by Thomas Rhett for his wife, so it must be a good one! A guitar and Rhett’s voice are the perfect recipe for an amazing first dance song.


Love on the Brain

A switch from the country songs, Love on the Brain is from Riri on her Anti album. This song is powerful, raw, and full of emotion. It isn’t your traditional first dance song, but that’s why we’re here, to give you suggestions that aren’t on every other blog.



We couldn’t stay away from country for that long. One week was all we could handle. Lifer is a song from the new Florida Georgia Line album. This country duo serenades you talking about your relationship and about how he is in it for the long run and showing the world how much he loves you. Super sweet right?!

You and Me

This song is a duo of P!nk and Dallas Green. Powerhouse combo right?! This folk inspired song is raw and emotional and unique. What more could you ask for? This is another one of our faves, and we think it will be yours too.


No, this song isn’t about asking a celebrity for their autograph, we wouldn’t play you like that. This song from our fellow Canadian Dallas Smith is a song about wanting to change your last name and how lucky he is to have you… aww! But if you’ve chosen not to change your last name, this isn’t the perfect match for you, but you can still listen to it anyway!

This Town

To all the One Direction fans out there, this one’s for you. Niall Horan probably invaded your heart with his boy band charm and obvi his accent, but if that didn’t work on you, maybe this song will.  “If the whole world was watching I’d still dance with you”. Are those not the perfect lyrics for your first dance song? You’re welcome!

Say You Won’t Let Go 

A man, a guitar, a love story. Do you need more convincing than that? This song is heartfelt, full of emotion, and he wants to stay with you until you’re grey and old.. super sweet! There are promises of breakfast in bed, and a kiss on your head. I mean this guy has a talent for getting us right in the feels.

You are my Sunshine

You probably remember this song from when you were a kid, but believe us, you wouldn’t even think it was the same song. A country superstar you may have heard of Chris Stapleton, and his wife sing this song with so much emotion, and being married of course helps because the feelings are authentic. And Chris Stapleton even has the lyrics engraved in his wedding band.

Perfect Storm

Surprise surprise. Another country song. But they really do make for perfect first dance songs. Perfect Storm by Brad Paisley is no exception. This song is about how much you and your soon to be husband know each other and how deep your connection is. He knows how crazy you are (you know you are, it’s okay), and he loves you even more because of it!

Love is Christmas

We decided to choose some Christmas songs for the month of December. Christmas themed weddings are not the most popular, but are so magical. And as you can imagine, it can be hard to find a Christmas song that isn’t Rudolph. But we did it so you didn’t have to. It combines the Christmas spirit with a lovely voice and message of true love. The perfect combo for our December brides!


Not Just on Christmas

Another Christmas song and another song by Ariana Grande on our list. This song adds a fun holiday twist to traditional vows. In sickness and in health, or naught or nice.. interchangeable right?


Someday at Christmas

Just as Christmas isn’t about the gifts under the tree, a marriage isn’t about the wedding reception. Jackie Evancho reminds us that there is a deeper meaning to both of these things. She reminds us to hope, to be better everyday and to dream!

 Waiting for Christmas

This song is from another Canadian, Johhny Reid. This song highlights the similarities between weddings and Christmas. There is hope, love, joy, family. They are both times to spend with the people closest to you, and to remind them how important they are to you. They are times to spread joy and love.

As you can see we had a pretty busy year finding the perfect song for you. We hope we have helped you find it! If you have chosen one of our songs, we’d love to hear about it. Already have your song picked out? We are totally proud of you for choosing a song, even if it didn’t come from us, but feel free to share our blog with someone still searching. Have we not hit the nail on the head yet for you? Don’t worry, we will be back in 2017 with more songs for you! Have a suggestion that you want us to feature? Let us know, we’d love to hear from you!

We hope you have enjoyed our musical journey to the perfect first dance song so far. We loved searching for songs and sharing them with you. A first dance is something that is so special, and we want to do anything we can to make sure it is as magical as you want it to be.

Have a safe and happy new year. See you in 2017.


Originally posted: December 30, 2016


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