Hey guys! I am super excited about this new blog series. As a musician, and someone who generally geeks out about all things musical, there is no better blog for me to write than this one. To me, a key factor to a really fun and memorable wedding is the music selection. There’s nothing worse than an overly cheesy first-dance song or a really boring dance playlist. I hope you’ll enjoy my suggestions, and share your own ideas with me! I’d love to hear them!
This week I wanted to start with a classic theme, but with a twist: first dance songs that are led by an acoustic guitar. It’s an iconic moment at the wedding, and one you and your guests will remember for years to come. Here are ten acoustic songs that I love for a first dance
This is a simple, but beautiful song. Led by guitar the entire time, it’s a sweet melody about how love changes you.
This is a wonderful cover of We Found Love by Rihanna. Stripped down to an acoustic guitar, this famous pop song becomes the perfect slow dance.
Yes, this song is from Twilight, but that doesn’t make it lame! This is honestly one of the prettiest songs in the world, and the version with Steve Kazee adds an even more romantic element.
This song is a re-vamp from a previous album, but I like this version so much better. It’s only 2 minutes 45 seconds, but the lyrics in this song are incredible. Plus, this duo is a married couple, so they obviously get it.
Jillian Edwards is one of my favorite artists, and this might be my favorite song of hers. This song is really transparent and vulnerable, which is a great start to your life with your new spouse.
If you don’t listen to City and Colour, you should. Dallas Green is a genius, and this song is outstanding. (PS: If you’re the groom and in charge of picking a song, choosing this one will probably make her cry. You’re welcome.)
This is another cover, and I never thought I’d see John Mayer covering a Beyonce song, but it works. This acoustic version really communicates the message of this song in a new way.
This song came out in 2008 (junior high Abigail was obsessed), and I still listen to it all the time. It’s a little out there for a first dance, but if you’re looking for something a little unique, this is it. Also, “I‘ve only got forever and forever is fine”? Be still my heart.
Brightwood did an entire acoustic album called Elementals (thank you for that, guys) and comes from that album. It’s not a long or complicated song, but it’s a wonderful depiction of the communication between lovers.
This song really fits the “a-dork-able” thing that’s popular these days. While that trend can get a little annoying, this song never does. It’s a sweet story of the way taking a chance on love can pay off–and I’m sure you’re pretty familiar with that yourself. 🙂
This list is obviously not exhaustive, but they’re some of my favorites, and I hope you enjoy some (if not all) of these songs! – Cheers, Abigail