Spring has sprung and it’s the start to my favorite time of year: wedding season! But as much as I love getting more than a little verklempt watching my friends declare their undying love for each other, I sometimes dread what comes next: the first dance.
Most of the time, it’s a “lovely” song carefully picked as an expression of the couple’s everlasting affection for each other. But then there are the head-scratchers. Does the couple realize that their song’s lyrics are actually about a one night stand, stalking, or failed romance? Or did they realize that the song they picked by Etta James, the Beatles, Van Morrison, and/or Frank Sinatra for their otherwise unique ceremony is one that more than a few of the guests have heard at five of the last six weddings they’ve attended? And then, there’s my friend’s amazing story of a wedding in which the first song was “Nookie” by Limp Bizkit.
So what’s a couple to do? If you're looking for an unconventional love song to play at your wedding or just want to surprise your special someone with a new heartfelt song that hasn’t oversaturated the airwaves recently, here are some ideas:
For The “Young At Heart”
At a recent wedding, I was blown away when the couple chose to walk down the aisle to “Everything Is Awesome” by Tegan and Sara. This children’s movie song could also work as a choreographed first dance. With lines like, “Everything is awesome when you're living out a dream / Everything is better when we stick together / Side by side, you and I gonna win forever," it’s a great first song, even with the references to LEGO characters.