There are countless romantic wedding songs to choose from for your first dance as newlyweds. Pick a song that means something to you both, and enjoy the special moment when you gaze into each other’s eyes as you dance.
Whether it’s a newer pop song, or something a bit more rock and roll, here are my top picks for some of the most romantic wedding songs out there – just make sure to have a tissue handy when you tear up!
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Most Romantic Wedding Songs of All Time
#1 “Thank You” by Led Zeppelin
I’ll admit that I’m completely biased when it comes to the beauty of this song by Led Zeppelin – my husband and I played it for our first dance as husband and wife! With lyrics like: “When mountains crumble to the sea, there will still be you and me”, is there a more romantic way of looking at love? I think not! Hear it for yourself here:
#2 “At Last” by Etta James
This classic love song is the epitome of a perfect wedding song. With the lyrics: “…Oh and then the spell was cast, and here we are in heaven, for you are mine… At last.”, this song about marriage is everything that the sanctity of marriage should be.
The song speaks to the deep connection that is shared between two people who are in love. It is a reminder that, after all the ups and downs of life, love is ultimately what matters most.
For newlyweds, “At Last” is the perfect reminder of why they fell in love in the first place. The lyrics remind them of all the little things that make their relationship unique. It is a song that will inspire them to always cherish their love for one another.
Do yourself a favor, and listen to it here:
#3 “All Of Me” by John Legend
Love is a universal feeling we all experience at some point. But what does it mean? And how do we know when we’re genuinely in love?
There’s no one answer to these questions, but the song “All of Me” by John Legend gives us a beautiful intro to the world of love.
This is a song that John Legend wrote for his wife Chrissy Teigen, and it is as beautiful as she is! Let’s be honest, Legend and Teigen are Relationship Goals for pretty much all of us – they are obviously so very much in love.
The lyrics capture the deep emotional connection and their feelings of love. They express the idea of giving everything to the person you love and would do anything for them.
The song also speaks to the idea that love lasts forever. It’s a feeling that we never want to lose and that we’ll always remember.
If you’re looking for a song that captures the true essence of love, then “All of Me” is perfect.
You can listen to it here:
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#4 “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers
Can anyone forget the classic scene in the movie “Ghost” when Demi Moore was doing pottery and this song was playing? This is one of those songs that can literally make me cry because it’s just so beautiful! Give it a listen here:
#5 “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
Who can deny the strength of this song’s beautiful lyrics written by none other than music legend Bob Dylan, as well as Adele’s powerful voice in this song? And let’s not forget that Prince William and Kate played this song as their first dance… just saying! You can listen to it here:
#6 “Knights In White Satin” by the Moody Blues
This song is all about the goosebumps as soon as the chorus kicks in for me. I remember my parents playing this song when I was young, and to this day it represents endless love to me – just like what my parents have. Listen to it here:
#7 “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison
Whenever I used to hear this song at the restaurant I worked at as a waitress, I wondered what it would be like to meet someone who made me feel the way this song does. Then I met my husband… and I knew! You can hear this lovely song here:
#8 Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon Garfunkel
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” is a song influenced by a gospel song titled “Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep.” The lyrics represent the act of comfort to someone who has been or going through a lot.
The song is said to be a wedding song as it captures the intimate emotional bond between two people committed to each other.
This is a reminder that you’re no longer alone in life. And in all the battles that you fight, you now have someone on your side.
It’s comforting to know that you’ll never have to cry alone again; you’ll have someone to support you in dark times.
#9 Last by Etta James
If you’re an old soul, then you’ll love this song. And the message is just what every partner wants to hear on their wedding day.
The main message is that your partner is the last love for you. And you two belong to each other because you fit in a way you can’t fit with other people.
Listen to the song.
#10 Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars
Some songs never get old. And girls never get tired of being told how beautiful they are. We all have our insecurities; you know, those body parts that we would rather stay hidden.
And what better day is there to remind your partner how much you appreciate their perfect imperfections than their wedding day?
Listen to the song.
#11 God Bless the Broken Road by Selah
This may seem like a weird suggestion until you listen to the lyrics. I bet dancing to this song will end up with most couples in tears.
It’s a reminder of how lovers meet (some circumstances aren’t always very pretty) and how different their lives are with each other in it.
I suggest including this song immediately after the first dance or as the first dance.
It’s the kind of song that allows you to feel gratitude for your partner even in the rocky days of your relationship. If you don’t believe me, listen to it here and be the judge. It’s the kind of song that allows you to feel gratitude for your partner even in the rocky days of your relationship.
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#12 Pillow Talk by Zayn Malik
“Pillow Talk” by Zayn Malik is a carnal and raw expression of love. The song mirrors a relationship’s physical and emotional affinity and the deep bond created through lovemaking.
The lyrics are direct and honest, which helps convey the powerful emotions behind the song. Malik’s soaring vocals are passionate and express his deep love and passion for his partner. The song also features a catchy beat that will get listeners hooked.
This song describes the first days of every newlywed. You know, wearing pajamas, cuddling, and watching Netflix all day.
It’s the first time there is no fear of losing each other. You can finally love each other without holding back. Listening to the song alone and visualizing the whole scenario gives me goosebumps.
Overall, “Pillow Talk” is a beautiful and moving expression of love. It is a song that anyone in a relationship can relate to.
You can listen to the song here.
#13 A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
This is among the best wedding slow dance songs. It’s timeless, and it can be played as the bride walks down the aisle or as a first song.
The song’s lyrics express the unceasing love and bond needed for a lasting relationship. The music also speaks to the idea of never giving up on love, even when times are tough.
This makes it an ideal choice for a wedding song, as it captures the hope and promises of marriage.
Despite its everyday use as a wedding song, “A Thousand Years” is a love song for anyone who has ever been in a long-term relationship. A couple who has witnessed the good and bad times of life together can also listen to this song.
I love the message because it’s a kind of assurance that your partner is your soulmate. When you think about it, it’s really deep.
Listen to the song here.
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#14 I Like Me Better by Lauv
This is one of the best love songs for a wedding reception. It has good vibes and a great tune to dance to.
And the message is everything, especially for hopeless romantics. The main message is that your partner brings the best in you. And from the first time they set eyes on you, they knew you were their person.
Listen to the song below.
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#15 Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion
This is among the beautiful wedding songs for older couples, especially those who are renewing their vows.
It’s a song of gratitude for the unconditional love that a couple of shares. And the support you give each other even when you’re at rock bottom.
The song explains the selflessness that love gives birth to, and that’s how every couple should look forward during the wedding.
Listen to the song.
#16 Beautiful in White by Westlife
This is an excellent song to remind the love of your life how special your big day is to them. Every bride wants to know their partner is equally excited about the big day.
And it’s important that they also know that they look very beautiful in their gown; so much work goes into achieving that look.
And the fact that the song is by Westlife, you can be sure it’s a romantic wedding song before you even listen to it.
Listen to the song below.
#17 You’re Still the One by Shania Twain
I saved the best for last.
I don’t know about you, but relationships can be HARD, and sometimes they’re so many people betting against you.
And when you’re in a same-sex relationship, society complicates it even more.
Besides the normal relationship fights, there is the rejection from your loved ones and the inequality in the workplace, etc.
That’s why I consider this song the most romantic wedding song on this list.
It gives you a chance to look back where you’ve come from and be happy that you choose each other and hold on to your relationship.
What are your favorite romantic wedding songs? Please share with us!
I’m a freelance journalist/writer/content marketer with BA Hons in Journalism.