wedding song dance along

09 April 2014

Greetings from the land of the most emotional toddler roller coaster. I really appreciated all of your solidarity and separation anxiety advice yesterday because today Julia pulled more of her shenans complete with neck deathgrip while Theo stood at my knees and pulled my Palazzos down down down to a seriously inappropriate level. But! Before I could rev my helicopter engine the school called an hour later to let me know ... she was happy and fine and painting a cross. Praise all things sweet and relief because I have no more cuticles left to chew here. Why this tangent, Grace? I don't know.

Let's move on.

One of the most common questions I've been emailed lately have been asking how to make a photo slideshow ... like this. It's REALLY easy in Picasa and if I can do it ... ANYONE can do it because me + technology are a match made in notheaven. But attached to that easy question -- people have been asking for music recommendations for their anniversary/birthday/goodbye/celebratory slideshow and I always draw a big fat blank because I am an unabashed lover of the Top 40 and am terrible about branching out.

So I was thinking that maybe we could get a little list going over here by having you lovely ladies (or men? any male readers on the prem .... ) leave a comment with your wedding song. Is that what it's called? You know -- the first dance with your better half. That one. If you've already written a post detailing your wedding and you mention the song (or you want to go back and throw it in -- perfect!!)

I'll go first.


Simon and I danced to The One I Love by David Gray. I wish I could say there was some romantic story behind it but I liked the song, played it for Simon, and he agreed that it was perfect. Bada-boom. Love birds and their nauseating gushy gush.


And then we moved onto what I'm hoping was ... Low by Flo Rida. I still heart that song. I told you ... great taste abounds here.

{And ... more wedding photos. Because I haven't already linked to those 586759932084759 times.}

Spill it ... What song did you dance to?? Do you remember? Of course you do. Tell me, pretty please?
Or write a post to link, link an old post, no rules here today.

Thanks a trillion. 
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187 comments:

  1. I Cross My Heart by George Strait. We both love George Strait and this is just one of many, many sappy King George songs. The best part was surprising the hubs with George Strait tickets on our 2 year anniversary...I know, I know...swoon 😉

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    1. oh, that's a good one!!! That was in Pure Country, right? I loved that movie and then watched it with Simon and he was like .... seriously?!!

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  2. I love that you had David Gray. I'm a big fan and didn't think he was popular in the States at all! We had Faithfully by Journey. My husband and I were listening to Journey a lot on the road trip we were on when we got engaged. Plus, he was really fussy about not having anything "too pop-y" so it passed his test!

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  3. We danced to Wonderwall by Oasis!

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  4. You're still the One by Shania Twain...because we had dated for six years prior to marriage I guess??

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  5. Noone.
    I wanted to get married & have the reception at my childhood church which meant no dancing. I'm a really shy dancer, ie, no one gets to see so it was fine with me. Plus, it was different and I like different.

    But if we had, I'm sure some sappy, uber popular country song.

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  6. Pictures of You by The Cure. I asked my husband to pick it...we had a long distance romance, so this one really fit!

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  7. Truly, Madly, Deeply by Savage Garden. We were long distance and one of us (I swear him) texted a line of the lyric and the other one (that would be me!) immediately responded with the next line. That's how we knew we were meant to enjoy terrible music together forever.

    We were married last July, and while I was reading one of the (many!) bridal magazines they had an article on what your wedding song says about you. Ours, apparently, means we are hipsters, which made me briefly reconsider our wedding song. Though the other option was Lady in Red so...yea. We stuck with being hipsters.

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  8. We also didn't have a song that we danced to at our wedding...but my husband played,"Good Morning Life" for me prior to him leaving for a couple of years, and it set my heart all sorts of a-flutter. I guess it's nice to know what someone's exact intentions are in the murky world of dating.

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    1. Played it for me before he was my husband...before we'd talked about getting married or anything of the sort. Cursed pregnancy brain.

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  9. can't help falling i love with you- ingrid michaelson.

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  10. "God Gave Me You" - Blake Shelton :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCf2PoTuh4Q

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  11. forever - by ben harper. throwback to our college days, really sweet song, reaaalllly slow to dance to...but i do remember thinking as we 6th grade swayed "woah, you're my husband"

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  12. Forever by... gah no pregnancy brain... by Ben Harper

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  13. "You Got Me" by Colbie Caillat. I agonized over a song choice for a LONG time. Then we picked it. I was happy. Then we went to see Letters to Juliet on a date and it was the opening credits song. And I believe the first words out of my mouth were "If this song suddenly becomes popular I will seriously flip out."

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  14. We danced to Just Breathe by Pearl Jam. Unconventional but ever since dancing to it, the song reminds us of our wedding day and our first dance. I think it's a cool idea to use a song that is newish to you as a couple to create a new memory all its own with the new song.

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  15. Oh, I LOVE David Gray!! We danced to "Your Love" by Tim McGraw & Faith Hill. Runner up was "Sunday Morning" by Maroon 5.

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  16. We didn't have dancing at our reception because neither of us like dancing, but we did decide that "Never My Love" by the Association was our song.

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  17. Again by Lenny Kravitz, because we love that song! Love, love, love. Kinda quirky for a wedding song, but I am not often accused of normalcy. My sister just used Eminem's Lose Yourself played by a string quartet. Not exactly wedding appropriate, but without words and played on string instruments, quite lovely.

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  18. We're better together by jack johnson. Even though everyone tried to talk us out of it. Apparently they didn't think it was first dance material. But it is our song so i don't care. :)

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    1. I love this song! And my husband played this for me often during our long distance engagement, so I wanted it for a wedding song but he said it was too slow for him to dance to, so we went with forever and ever amen by Randy Travis.also a favorite

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  19. Never Alone by Lady Antebellum - had been our song while dating and we loved the Irish blessing-esque lyrics.

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  20. New reader! On my way to 3 under 3 and just love your blog!

    Like You'll Never See Me Again - Alicia Keys

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  21. We don't really like to dance, so we didn't have dancing at our wedding! We loved having more time to chat with our guests.

    But, we did have a little slideshow at the rehearsal dinner and used "Wouldn't it be Nice" by the Beach Boys. Because we were high school sweethearts and had been waiting to get married forever.

    Except we got married when we were twenty, ha!

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    1. My husband and I had to be apart for two years while I finished college and he lived five states away, he wrote the lyrics to "Wouldn't it be Nice" in a letter once, I cried. Great song!

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  22. I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire by The Ink Spots

    ;)

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  23. There was no dancing or music at our reception, because it was in our backyard and no one in upstate New York dances. Or at least, no one in the family I married into.

    My brother, however, had a HUGE wedding reception with the big dance floor and all. He and his wife chose "Feels Like Home," by Bonnie Raitt. Perfect. Made me cry and everything.

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  24. Hey pretty girl by kip moore!! 2 of our groomsmen sang it for us and it was magical.

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    1. My sister got engaged to this song (it was a total surprise!) & plans on walking down the aisle to it too! Great choice, tears me up every time! :)

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  25. Crazy Love by Van Morrison. It was perfect for us.

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  26. We're old ~ "I Swear" by John Michael Montgomery at his sister's wedding because we didn't have music at our own 7 months before that. :)

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  27. We eloped... So no first dance! Buuuut I am guessing it would have been Wave on Wave by Pat Green! And your wedding pictures are so amazing, they never get old! Ha :)

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  28. 'I Thought I Loved You Then' by Brad Paisley…though we did that really embarrassing thing where the DJ starts playing an inappropriate song first (Crash by DMB) and then scccccccrrrratch, cuts into the real one. I still hang my head thinking about it. And it was all my idea.

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  29. "Something" by the Beatles - no significance, really, just a good song! Runner up was "Lucky" by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat, but we decided that it was too hard to dance to. And there is no shame in Top 40 songs! Most of our reception pictures closely resemble your post's last picture... and we had a blast!

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  30. Everything by Michael Buble :)

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  31. Ooooh I love a good talk about wedding songs! The hubs and I went classic with "Unforgettable" by Nat King Cole. We never really had a "song" and we were also wedding planning while he was deployed, so the email conversations about it were quite limited. Runners-up were "God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys, "Faithfully" by Journey, and "A Song for You" by Donny Hathaway.

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  32. We danced to my girl because Emory wanted a song that we'd hear all the time (at weddings or otherwise) that we could always be like hey that's our wedding song! and get up to go dance to it :)

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  33. Fun question!

    L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole. It fit our historical and formal ballroom as well as us. The sparks started flying when we were young, and we have only dated each other. 7 years later I might have changed it, but it fit perfectly then.

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  34. Paper Moon by Whiskeytown/Ryan Adams. It wasn't super meaningful to us or anything, we just liked the sound. The lyrics are very sweet too.

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  35. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me by Mel Carter. An oldie but goody. We still dance to it every year on our anniversary, complete with dramatic dips and spins.

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  36. We didn't dance but we did walk into our reception to The Imperial March from Star Wars.

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  37. There really wasn't a lot of dancing at our wedding and we didn't have a song (though I did threaten to play "Beast of Burden" by the Rolling Stones, just for the reaction on my grandparents' faces...) but my sister made the playlist for dinner and put some Carpenters songs on it as a joke. When "Close to You" came on, we were teased until we stood up and did a little awkward swaying to it, ha!

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  38. "I Want You to Be My Love" by Over the Rhine. I have loved that song for years and years and always sorta hopped it would be my first dance song and my fiance (now husband--is that redundant in the context?) agreed! He didn't really have an alternative and was so sweet about it. Otherwise, our song is "Meet Me in the City" covered by The Black Keys because we did long distance and it's perfect for that---not perfect for a happy occasion though :P

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  39. The music at our reception was a disaster. We did our own with a computer and speakers, and the best man took it upon himself to muck with the playlist I'd painstakingly assembled. Argh. Anyway, we ended up with Etta James, because "At Last" is really super on the nose when you're marrying your high school sweetheart at the ripe old age of 22. It had been on my list of Absolutely Nots when we first started talking first dance songs because it seemed really overdone. Whatever, I'm not still bitter six years later, not one bit.

    It was supposed to be Annie's Song by John Denver. Better song, much more "us," etc. Like I said, not still bitter or anything. ;)

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  40. "The Best Thing" by Ray LaMontagne. I discovered the song the week after I met my sweetie (I have nooo idea when the song came out; I am also usually the last person to hop on the hip music train)-- it just made sense for it to be our wedding song.

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  41. "The Book of Love" by Peter Gabriel. 'Scrubs' people will recognize the jam. I am not a scrub person, but my husband was. The most lovely love song in all the land. Maybe I will write a post about it someday. Because it really is the loveliest of all the love songs in the land.

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    1. Love, love, love that episode. Makes me cry every time!

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    2. I don't watch Scrubs but I LOVE that cover of that song. It's so great.

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  42. "Something Good" from The Sound of Music, sung by Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. We were having trouble picking something, too many choices, none quite right, when I sat down to watch the movie one night and before it even got to that scene I was on the phone with my husband telling him that that had to be it. It was perfect for us.

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  43. I'm Yours by Jason Mraz. It's lyrics about "I won't hesitate no more no more / it cannot wait, I'm yours" seemed appropriate, given that we got married about 8 months after we first met. We also had one of my coworkers who is a talented singer and guitar player play it for us with a few lyric modifications to bleep out the "damn" and "God-forsaken". It's funny, all during the engagement I would get all gushy whenever I heard the song on the radio, but now after the fact I rarely think of the song. It wasn't the kind that I had, you know, planned on having at my wedding since I was a little girl. But it seemed appropriate, although it was hard to dance to being neither slow nor fast. Oh well.

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  44. "The Nearness of You" by Norah Jones :)

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  45. We picked "when I fall in love" by bat king cole. John used to him the tube to me while we were dating and both had loved it for a long time. I still really like that it was classic and something we will always enjoy :) David grey song was a good pic too

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  46. I love wedding music stories! Our first dance was Etta James "At Last." I had never heard he song until my now-husband played it for me as an example of an overdone wedding song. He was a wedding DJ for about 10 years, so he was VERY opinionated about these things. Turned out, I loved the song and we dated for a long time before marrying, so it fit. We also put a lot of effort into the other song choices. We had "Conquest"as covered by The White Stripes as the song we walked in to because it the White Stripes were the first thing we ever talked about. We were oh-so-clever...

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  47. Tom Waits - Jersey Girl because I am from New Jersey and he is from New York "across the river" =)

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  48. We did not have dancing. Aaron had 2 requests for our wedding: real food and no dancing. Well...ok then.

    However I went to a wedding a few years later where they danced to "True Companion" my Marc Cohn and I baaawled. It's gorgeous.

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  49. Making Memories of Us by Keith Urban. A week before my husband proposed, he sent me an email with the lyrics of the song and said that he had been saving it for the girl he wanted to marry. I cried then, and I cry now - it still "fits" us, and I love hearing it.

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  50. "Everything Else Disappears" by Sister Hazel, it ended up being a really long song to dance to, but still perfect.

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  51. Waterfall/May This be Love" by Jimmy Hendrix

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  52. "Calico Skies" by Paul McCartney It was just right for us.

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  53. "Tonight" by JJ Heller was our dance, and we walked in to "Howlin' for You" (The Black Keys). But "No You Girls" was a close runner-up all around. Played during bouquet and garter tosses

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  54. I will go ahead and admit it, we danced to "The Keeper of the Stars" by Tracy Byrd. It's a country song and it's nice but my husband hates country and it most definitely isn't "our" song. I am not sure but I think someone local dedicated it to his wife on the radio and I thought it was so sweet and I was maybe desperate for a song? Anyway, it's just another thing my older, wiser self would change about her wedding day!

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  55. "You Are the Best Thing" by Ray Lamontagne and we took fox trot lessons for it because the only other way I have learned to dance is to spell my name in the air with my butt.

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  56. Well, I little non-traditional over here. We got married in Mexico, alone. Also, second go around. I walked down the 'aisle' to "Something Beautiful" by the Newsboys; the lines about starting over and starting again were very appropriate given the past bad endings (note that this was also in heavy insprirational music rotation when I did Ironman, along with "Ladies and Gentlemen" by Saliva and "Lose Yourself" by Eminem, so my tastes are...eclectic and I appartently can find inspiration in other people's cheesy Ironman video songs).

    We recessed to Barry White's "You're My First, My Last, My Everything." I suppose that one is self-explanatory.

    The people at the beach seemed to like our choices too!

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  57. "I've got you under my skin" by blue eyes Sinatra himself...one of the first things we did before becoming official in dating was swing dancing. There was one night we were dancing outside in the rain, with Sinatra music blasting from Jim's truck...somehow it seems like it was all meant to be in the end:)

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  58. The luckiest, Ben Folds Five. Although watching the video of our first dance is more than embarrassing we was all about each other...

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  59. La Vie En Rose, by Louis Armstrong.

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  60. "This Years Love" by David Gray and "The Story" by Brandi Carlile

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  61. Grace! That photo of you is stunning! And then I love how right after it shows that you were there to party.

    Ours was "The Way You Look Tonight." Our way of choosing it was pretty much like yours and Simon's.

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  62. You sang to me by Marc Anthony... its been our song ever since we met back in 2000...

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  63. Ours was Hold On by Michael Buble and I still get all sunshiny with a side of butterflies when I hear it.

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  64. The wedding week was pure insanity as I spent more time with doctors than I did with my fam. We couldn't decide/agree and when we were ushered onto the dance floor, we had no idea what song was going to play! I had thee best wedding planner in the 505: Bravo Alpha Events! It was "Lucky" by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat. Perfect - since we've been best friends for 11 years.

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  65. These are fun to read! Ours was True Companion by Marc Cohn…I had loved it since high school and once I made Mark listen to it and said "this should be our wedding song"- he agreed, same as Simon. Uberromantic!

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  66. 'Be Here Now' by Mason Jennings. I first heard the song on Sirius radio when I was working at a stationery store -- I heard it about the same time every day. At the time I was in a lackluster relationship that went on to being a short-lived lackluster marriage and when I heard the song I felt very indicted by it, because I was cognizant of my own complacency. After extricating myself, and upon meeting my husband -- whom I adore -- I understood what the song is really about. And we live it every day. [Saw him in SF on a whim ... http://this-american-wife.blogspot.com/2012/09/california.html ]

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  67. One by One by Billy Bragg and Wilco. We heard Jeff Tweedy sing it live when we were dating and then I had a recording of the concert, I listened to that song over and over and over. It was perfect. Still love it.

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  68. We danced to John Torres "Hallelujah".

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  69. We danced to Good Luck by Bob Schneider/Galaxy Kings. Most wouldn't know it unless you're a die hard Bob Schneider fan, but it's a good one!

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  70. Our's was "True Love Ways" cover by My Morning Jacket: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwpjg2X8q5s&feature=kp

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  71. We danced to Whatever It Is by Zac Brown Band (before they were popular or so we think??)

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  72. we danced to L.O.V.E by nat king cole

    my husband claims he doesn't even have emotions (we've been married over 5 years, he moved 5 states from his family, had a kid, he's lost a grandfather and I've never seen him cry) and he insisted that we dance to this song because he'd dreamt of it since he was 15 years old. i'd have never chosen it (though I do love it and it's perfectly short for a wedding first dance), but how can you refuse a guy that actually dreams of that? he even played it while he proposed to me

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  73. My favorite and the song we danced to at our wedding was, Sleeping at Last's 'Turning Pages'

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  74. Ray Charles, 'come rain or come shine'. Love the lyrics.

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  75. Alan Jackson, Right on the Money. but!!!! there's a story - on our second date, we roundrobined three parties (grace - steve howards crewsque!) my work friends and his friends and he had just burnt a new mixed cd and for whatever reason i loved itttttttttttttttt and we listened to it like fifty times that night. and it was the date that hittttttttttt things off. so it stuck!

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  76. Van Morrison - "Crazy Love." We went back and forth and back and forth and back and... yeah, you get it. Finally, after being maxed on all the other wedding decisions you have to make, I wore Josh down and we agreed on this one. :) It's the sweetest song and we love that now we actually do have a song that feels like ours.

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  77. La Vie En Rose, by Louis Armstrong.

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  79. "The book of love" by Peter Gabriel which morphed into Bootlicious by Beyoncé. Epic song!
    http://youtu.be/O0ccNPnlAhI

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    1. Ps I particularly chose The Book of Love because it is hilariously cynical and romantic at the same time. I can't have my love songs too saccharine sweet

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  80. We were super romantic and did one step above eloping: We got married and then invited our parents and siblings out to dinner. That being said, if I was to have a first dance, now that we have a toddler, it would be to "Stand By Me". Followed a close second by "Killing Me Softly"

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  81. We danced to "At Last" by Etta James. It isn't the most original, but we love it. :) I danced to "True Love Ways" by Buddy Holly with my Dad because that was his and my mom's first dance at their wedding. :)

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  82. Today by Joshua Radin - the more upbeat/shorter version. Cause who in their right mind wants to awkwardly sway in front of 120 of their nearest and dearest for longer than they have to?

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  83. We danced to "Me & You" by Kenny Chesney! Great question & love love your blog! Momma to a 2 1/2 year old expecting our 2nd In August & you always make me laugh with your stories!

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  84. The tango from scent of a women complete with a tango taught to us by a dance teacher for months prior to our wedding.

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  85. Simple Life by Gina Boe. When I was in college I would constantly sing this song knowing that this would make the perfect first dance song. Nine blessings and almost 20 years later our lives are no longer simple, but oh how I wish they were!

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  86. My my husband is an airplane pilot and for dates he would take me flying (much to my dear mother's horror). He was an amazing pilot and I always felt perfectly safe. For our wedding, we danced to Frank Sinatra's Come Fly with Me.

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  87. Come Away With Me by Norah Jones. :)

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  88. Stand By Me - by Ben E. King. A classic - and with enough beat you dont have to sllllow sloww dance.

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  89. Long time reader, first time commenting because I love our little know Canadian singer and our song While Away by Matthew Barber.
    Love the blog!

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  90. When I Fall In Love, by Nat King Cole.

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  91. We didn't dance at our wedding but if we had we would've danced to "I'll back you up" by Dave Matthews.

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  92. We had the song from the end of The Wedding Singer when he gets Drew Barrymore off the plane:
    I wanna make you smile whenever you're sad
    Carry you around when your arthritis is bad
    All I wanna do is grow old with you.
    I'll get your medicine when your tummy aches
    build you a fire if the furnace breaks
    Oh it could be so nice, growin old with you.
    I'll miss you, kiss you, give you my coat when you are cold.
    Need you, feed you, I'll even let you hold the remote control.
    So let me do the dishes in the kitchen sink
    Put you to bed when you've had too much to drink.
    Oh I could be the man to grow old with you.
    I wanna grow old with you.

    Second place was "Love Of My Life" by Santana and Dave Matthews.

    Fun post!

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    1. Ah! I was at a reception where the groom played the guitar and sang that to the bride. It was so great.

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  93. I will be here by Steven Curtis Chapman. Cheesy, yet perfect.

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  94. Ours was "still the one" by Shania Twain. Almost more of an anniversary song but we'd been together since high school (7 years before we got married) so it fit.

    As for miss Julia - when my oldest pulled this half way into the school year of his preschool year I spent a month or more trying to figure what we had done, if someone had been mean to him, if something was scaring him, etc and then...admitted a couple months later...it just quit. When our middle kid did the same this year I spared myself the mega detective process and sure enough, it quit. Kids are weird ;) it does make the drop off miserable though and those phone calls from school are such a relief!

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  95. Matt Maher's "Set Me as a Seal". We still dance to it occasionally.

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  96. We danced to "All my Days" by Alexi Murdoch. It has amazing lyrics. It would actually be great for a slideshow.

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  97. "Have I Told You Lately" by Van Morrison 'cause we're sappy like that! Actually, we kept it pretty traditional there because I walked down the aisle to "12:59 Lullaby" by Bedouin Soundclash and our families thought we were crazy for picking it.

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  98. Ours was a toss up between Swing Life Away and What a Wonderful World / Somewhere Over the Rainbow. We went with the Hawaiian song (Wonderful World/ Over the Rainbow) but I actually think of Swing Life Away as "our song".

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    1. Swing life away was our runner up song, only skipping it because it's our song and we wanted something new for our wedding! Love that another couple shares this song! :)

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  99. "Ho Hey" by the Lumineers. I first heard it on an episode of "Heart of Dixie" and googled lyrics for days until I finally found it; I knew it would be the perfect song for our first dance. 6 months later it was the #1 song in the nation. haha.

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  101. "Let Love Rule" by Lenny Kravitz :)

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  102. Our 5th wedding anniversary is next Thursday! We danced to "You are the best thing" by Ray LaMontagne. Your song is a great choice too, my husband and I love David Gray too.

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  103. We danced to "Would You Go With Me" by Josh Turner. It had been "our song" since we started dating. It's also totally hard to dance to, and we didn't practice or anything beforehand... that was the first thing Zeke said when we started dancing- "We didn't practice this- do we go fast or slow? I don't get it!"

    "Would you go with me, if we rode the clouds together, would you not look down forever...." So romantic. (Sigh)

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  104. We danced to "The Nearness of You," by Norah Jones.

    -Elise Layton

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  105. I walked down the aisle to Whitney Houston's "I Believe in You and Me" which was sung by one of my uncles. And we danced our first dance to Mary J. Blige "I Found My Everything." And I love your wedding photos, never get tired of them!

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  106. The Luckiest by Ben Folds :)

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  107. I'm Texan; he's Peruvian. Ergo, two wedding songs: 1. "Without You," Keith Urban. 2. "Bailamos," Enrique Iglesias.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9nKrCSjolY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pv0PAchVGCw

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  108. Unforgettable Nat King Cole.
    And my sisters I loved it was Feels Like Home. I can't think of the artist but we found it on the Dawson's Creek soundtrack.

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  110. First time commenter but I am a sucker for first dances....ours was "You are the best thing" ~ray lamontagne Think there might have even been been a spin and a dip somewhere in there! Yowza!

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  111. "I love you for sentimental reasons" by nat king cole, although I still wish we had used "if not for you" by bob Dylan (there is a slower version). That is much more our song but for some reason we decided not to use it as our first dance song.

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  112. We danced to "God Only Knows" by the Beach Boys -- no special story as to why; we just liked the song and the beat was obvious enough for my two left footed husband to keep up with. However, a couple of months after our wedding I was driving home from work and heard Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic" come on the radio and I was all like "Oh crap! I love this song! Why didn't I pick this one instead?!" So, in my head, this is our alternate song -- maybe if we have an anniversary party some years down the road it will see the light of day.

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  113. "At Last" by Etta James....super sweet song, still melts me every time. It was appropriate because I FINALLY got this guy to the altar, despite a little detour to the Land of Seminary. I waited 7 years of off and on dating plus that detour...now we have been blissful for 6 years and 3 babies. God is good!

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  114. Ray LaMontagne's "You Are The Best Thing..."

    Still obsessed with it! We're expecting our first baby in 6 weeks and I'm in the middle of/haven't even started creating something with some of the favorite lyrics on it. :)

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  115. We danced to Love Song by 311 (it's a cover of the same song by the Cure). The version by the Cure is 'our song' but I picked the 311 version for the wedding because it's slower and easier to dance to. Our wedding songs included thriller (by Michael Jackson, obviously) and party hard by Andrew WK, so it was definitely an eclectic mix. :)

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  116. Meet in the middle by diamond Rio. It was so much fun dancing to an upbeat song!

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  117. I needed this post so much! I am working on a video for my parent's 40th wedding anniversary party. I am so thankful for all your helpful hints on making videos. I never know what treasures I am going to discover in this blog... like the editing I phone pics post the other day. Anyway, I am using "Danny's Song" , Kenny Loggins . If I had a dollar for everytime I heard my dad singing that song when I was growing up. So I hope that they like it.

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  118. We got married almost three years ago and danced to "Hold on" by Michael buble. Still get a smile whenever I hear of it and think abt that day.

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  119. I was so excited to look through your wedding photos! Thanks for posting the link. You looked stunning: hair, dress, veil, everything. Wow. Liked that you changed at the reception. Did you guys do a honeymoon and if so where (future blog post idea ;)?

    We danced to "Moment Like This" by Kelly Clarkson. Wish we thought about it more. It was a rushed decision.

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  120. Ha! I haven't thought about that in a while. "Wagon Wheel" by Old Crow Medicine Show

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  121. Stay With You - John Legend. I sang it to Benson as a surprise. (He thought we were gonna dance to something else.)

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  122. "If You Could See What I See" by Geoff Moore & The Distance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBmRmEKTbN4

    I wanted to use "Forever" by Chris Brown, but then he went and spoiled my plan by beating up his girlfriend and my husband (Fiance at the time) put his foot down and said we were NOT dancing to a song by a wife beater.

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  123. Deeper than the holler by randy Travis with my husband and stand by me by Ben e king with my dad... Forever and ever amen is also a favorite :)

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  124. Today is our 4 and a half year anni! John Butler Trio's "Losing You" was always the first choice, but on our way to our rehearsal dinner, we had Dave Matthew's playing and his song "My Baby Blue" came on and for some reason we decided to change it to that. Still have a smidge of regret about it, but we still love both songs! Take a look at this video for the goodness that is John Butler Trio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yy8xp0a5P-0

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  125. Ours was You and I by Ingrid Michaelsen but our friends used Lemonade by Chris Rice, at my suggestion. Bril.

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  126. What a fun topic! Our first dance was to Pigeon by Tennis. A little obscure, but Tennis has been a favorite of mine for a few years. The lyrics to this song are about taking care of each other and are so simple and sweet. Gets me every time.

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  127. Love this! I'm getting married in August and we still don't have a song...except Get Low by Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz which might not be "appropriate" for our first dance as a married couple SO. I'll be stalking the heck out of this list for ideas!

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  128. My husband and I danced to the live version of "You Make My Dreams" by Hall and Oates. We are not the slow-dance-while-people-stare-at-you type... after the first minute it can get awkward... nor are we very good dancers. So we picked a song and decided not to choreograph or even practice. Love-filled hilarity ensued. It was one of the best parts of our wedding day. :)

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  129. 'Til Kingdom Come - Coldplay. It was perfect :)

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  130. Thanks for this link up, Grace! Wrote a post about it, but we danced to "I Will Not Take My Love Away" by Matt Wertz. :)

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  131. True Companion by Marc Cohn. Neither of us had heard of it, actually, and a friend suggested it when we were stuck for a wedding song. We both loved it right away, and decided that was the one. Then, at the wedding, I found out that Marc Cohn is one of my dad's favorites, and he was glad we picked that song. It was a sweet moment for me.

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  132. Ahh I'm loving reading everyone's responses! We danced to "Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop" by Landon Pigg. It came out the summer we started dating, and before we actually officially started dating we spent a lot of time pretending to be friends over coffee. It still makes me smile when I hear it.

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  133. Do You Want to Know a Secret? By the Fab Four :)

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  134. "This Kind Of Love" by Sister Hazel.

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  135. Love love love your blog! So excited I got to link up to this post, I'm def a camp patton stalker thanks to your sister in law Mary who is friends with my sister!

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  136. Nat King Cole, Unforgetable and waltzed to it then did a little scratch the record/mix up and surprised everyone by doing a merengue to Suavement by Elvis Crespo.

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  137. Mystifies Me by Sun Volt - something Russ picked. He seemed really set on it, definitely not what I would have chosen, but ehh, he seemed really smitten by it so I just went along with it.

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  138. "You and I" by Michael Buble.

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  139. "Stay with You" by John Legend

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  140. I'll Be - Edwin McCain..... popular at the time.... first slow song we ever danced to on our first official date.... and longest song ever when you are both shy and don't like being the center of attention like you will be during your first song of your wedding dance........ :-)

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  141. Moonlight serenade by the Glen Miller orchestra. We are not old folks (well...38 &51, married for 15 years, so sorta) But we couldn't agree on any contemporary songs or any songs with lyrics either. So there you have it.

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  142. Moonlight serenade by the Glen Miller orchestra. We are not old folks (well...38 &51, married for 15 years, so sorta) But we couldn't agree on any contemporary songs or any songs with lyrics either. So there you have it.

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  143. "I Could Not Ask for More" by Sara Evans

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  144. More than everything by Rhett Akins. It's just a song we both liked...but now I love hearing it and remembering what is was like to be young and in love! (I'm still in love...just not young anymore...haha)

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  145. We danced to "Hold You in my Arms" by Ray La Montagne! It's a beautiful song. Married just a little over a year ago, 3/16/13.

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  146. "I Will Be Here" by Steven Curtis Chapman

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  147. Your Guardian Angel by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. It's not very typical and we're not a very alternative/cool couple, but the Hubs loved it and the lyrics so much, I said okay! I think it has a sad part...?

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    1. It was a great song and you guys can cut a rug! Your wedding song inspired our not-very-typical song too. :)

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  148. At a friend's wedding, they played "All the Time in the World" by The Heyday. It was so perfect.

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  149. Noe and I danced to "1000 years" by Christina Perri. And no, it's not because we like Twilight (we don't). Just a beautifully sung song :)

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  150. We danced to "Hold You Up" by Matthew West. And by danced, I mean we locked arms and swayed side to side like it was jr. high all over again.

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  151. Love this idea. Just linked up ours (Till Kingdom Come by Coldplay).

    Also, totally unrelated but just saw your Lucky Charms picture from Insta. I posted one last week, I just can't get enough of them (even though I think the last time I had Lucky Charms was when I was in 5th grade).

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  152. "Come Away with Me" by Norah Jones

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  153. We were supposed to dance to L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole but when we got onto the dance floor and the DJ hit play, what we heard was not L-O-V-E. In fact, no one knew what it was. And almost 6 years later we still don't know. A few weeks after the wedding we were laughing about it and I decided to call the DJ and see what our first dance was and he could not remember. So that's our crazy romantic tale :)

    Also, when the cake lady was delivering our cake she almost got in an accident and slammed on her brakes and the cake spilt in the back of the van. She had also baked a cake for her nephew's wedding that same day so she stole his cake and refrosted it and delivered it to our wedding. She felt so bad she gave us $200 in restaurant giftcards and I felt so bad for her I gave them back. The cake was still delicious and it obviously caused her a more stressful day than it caused me.
    In retrospect I am glad that those little flukes happened because it gives me something to laugh about and it set the tone for what life is really about.... a bunch of little imperfections in the mix with some wonderful memories.

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  154. Dire Straits, 'Romeo and Juliet'.

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  155. "Big Green Tractor" by Jason Aldean

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  156. "Big Green Tractor" by Jason Aldean

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  157. "Big Green Tractor" by Jason Aldean

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  158. "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You" by Elvis Presley

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  159. Ours took forever to choose, but eventually the chorus just kept sticking with me and I knew I had to go with it:

    troubles they may come and go, but good times they're the gold. So if the road gets rocky girl, just steady as we go"

    Steady as we go by Dave Matthews band. We wanted something different and not commonly used and I think we achieved that!

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  160. I feel like someone with a lot of time on their hands (not you) needs to make a Spotify playlist of all of these.

    (let's be honest, I'll probably do it)

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  161. "Water Under the Bridge" by Jars of Clay. It isn't especially sappy, which fits us; it focuses on the grace and commitment of marriage.

    And the years roll by
    And you hold my hand
    While the shadows stretch over the land
    Baby, we can stay
    'Til the last drop of water flows under the bridge

    Our recessional was pure fun: "Ain't No Mountain" by Marvin Gaye, which still makes me grin. :)

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  162. We chose "By My Side" by Ben Harper. We didn't dance at our reception but a friend of mine sang us down the aisle to this song at our ceremony and it has definitely become our song.

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  163. Our song when we first started dating was "Hanging by A Moment" by Lifehouse - which was popular at the time and was just such a feel-good, loving song. We first danced to "Only God Knows Why" by Kid Rock at prom (HOW HILARIOUS is it that it was that song?) and for our first dance at our reception, it was "Love Song" by 311 :)

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  164. In This Life by Colin Raye. My brother's was God Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts, which I totally would have picked if it was out when we got married. Love that song.

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  165. We danced to "Let's Stay Together" by (obv) Al Green. Which I was told later by friends is "a divorce song". COOL.

    We joked about dancing/karaokeing to "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart" by Elton John and Kiki Dee, but my pathologically-afraid-of-being-the-center-of-attention husband wasn't willing to extend his bravery *quite* that far. Also neither of us can sing. So it would have been a lip synch karaoke, for the sake of our loved ones.

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  166. This is great. And, suggestion -- next time you need tune suggestions and a wedding fix, what about a linkup of songs people walked down the aisle to?

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