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Alternative first dance songs. Unique first dance songs for alternative weddings

alternative first dance songs

When we were planning our own wedding there were a few things we struggled with. One of them was deciding on which song to have for our first dance. I actually didn’t want a first dance at all, but my husband to be did. Ultimately we compromised on a few things elsewhere and we ended up having a first dance. We are not a lovey dovey or romantic couple in the traditional sense, so it didn’t seem fitting for us to choose a mushy song. Neither of us really like classically romantic songs or bands and we’re both pretty big alternative music fans. In addition to this, as wedding photographers ourselves we have heard every single popular first dance song SO many times. We didn’t want something we’d heard a hundred times before. So when it came to deciding on a song for our first dance, we were looking for alternative first dance songs.

Alternative first dance songs

Below are a few of the songs we found along the way and considered for our first dance. Some may not have obviously romantic lyrics, but they’re nice songs, with good melodies we think!

We would LOVE to hear your suggestions as well.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Hysteric (acoustic version attached below)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps

Cat Power – Sea of Love (Original artist was Phil Phillips I believe.)

Death Cab for Cutie – I will follow you into the dark

The Knife – Heartbeats (Jośe Gonzalez cover)

The XX – Angels

Nirvana – Drain you

Flightless Bird – American Mouth

Wolfman ft Pete Doherty – For lovers

Foo Fighters – Everlong (Acoustic version attached)

Oasis – Slide Away

Oasis – Stand by me

Deftones – No Ordinary love (Sade Cover)

Deftones – Beauty School

(Have you guessed i’m a Deftones Fan yet?)

Deftones – Sex Tape

There are SO many amazing, alternative first dance songs. My own tastes are a tad heavier and a little more screamy than much of what’s been included above, but not everyone shares my tastes! The above are a few of the tamer (but more alternative than usual) choices. I would love to hear some of your suggestions too for alternative first dance songs.

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