22 Indie/Alternative Wedding Day & First Dance Songs
If you feel like Ed Sheeran's repertoire is a little overplayed, John Legend is a touch too saccharine, and idea of awkwardly slow dancing to Michael Buble makes you cringe a bit.... THIS ONE'S FOR YOU! I love discovering new music (almost as much as I love weddings!) and when a couple pick a cool first dance song that's a bit different, and truly resonates with them, it makes my heart explode with happiness!
Here is a run down of some of my favourites - some are older, some are new. Some are slow and romantic, some you'll be able to pull some shapes to. They could even be used as tracks for during your ceremony, or other parts of your day too - there's a lot of good options here if you want a wedding day soundtrack that's a little less ordinary.
Have a look at my top picks below - if you'd rather just listen, then there's a Spotify player at the bottom of the post!
I Wanna Be Yours - Arctic Monkeys
"Let me be your 'leccy meter and I'll never run out / And let me be the portable heater that you'll get cold without / I wanna be your setting lotion / Hold your hair in deep devotion / At least as deep as the Pacific Ocean / I wanna be yours"
Anyone Else But You - The Moldy Peaches
"You are always trying to keep it real / I'm in love with how you feel / I don't see what anyone can see / In anyone else but you"
Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac
"I'll speak a little louder / I'll even shout / You know that I'm proud and I can't get the words out / Oh I want to be with you everywhere"
For Lovers - Wolfman ft Pete Doherty
"Meet me at the Railroad Bar / About seven o'clock / We talk til the sun goes down / Watch the lovers / Leaving town / This is for lovers / Running away"
First Day of My Life - Bright Eyes
"Yours was the first face that I saw / I think I was blind before I met you / I don't know where I am / I don't know where I've been / But I know where I want to go"
Chateau lobby #4 - Father John Misty
"I haven’t hated all the same things / As somebody else since I remember / What’s going on for / What are you doing with your whole life / How about forever"
Toothpaste Kisses - The Maccabees
"Cradle me / I'll cradle you / I'll win your heart / With a woop-a-woo / Pulling shapes just for your eyes"
There Will Be Time - Mumford & Sons ft Baaba Maal
"In the cold light, I live to love and adore you / It’s all that I am, it’s all that I have / In the cold light I live, I only live for you / It’s all that I am, it’s all that I have"
Stuck on the Puzzle - Alex Turner
"I have been searching from / The bottom to the top / For such a sight / As the one I caught when I saw your / Fingers dimming in the lights"
Our Song - The XX
"All I have, I will give to you / And at times when no one wants to / I will give you me / And we'll be / Us / And there's no one else"
I Found You - Alabama Shakes
"This isn't sometimes / Yeah, it's for always / If I'm gonna love you with all of my heart / And if there is no more time / This always remains / Even as the world spins itself apart"
Ho Hey - The Lumineers
"So show me family / All the blood that I would bleed / I don't know where I belong / I don't know where I went wrong / But I can write a song / I belong with you, you belong with me, you're my sweetheart"
You Make My Dreams - Daryl Hall & John Oates
"Wrap yourself around me / 'Cause I ain't the way you found me / And I'll never be the same, oh yeah / Well 'cause you / You make my dreams come true"
Mushaboom - Feist
"Old dirt road / Knee deep snow / Watching the fire as we grow old / Old dirt road / Rambling rose / Watching the fire as we grow, well I'm sold"
Everlasting Light - The Black Keys
"Let me be your everlasting light / I'll hold and never scold / In me you can confide / When no one's by your side / Let me be your everlasting light"
Grow Old With Me - Tom Odell
"Grow old with me / Let us share what we see / And oh the best it could be / Just you and I / And our hands they might age / And our bodies will change / But we'll still be the same / As we are"
Lovesong - The Cure
"However far away / I will always love you / However long I stay / I will always love you / Whatever words I say / I will always love you"
There is a Light That Never Goes Out - The Smiths
"And if a ten-ton truck / Kills the both of us / To die by your side / Well, the pleasure - the privilege is mine"
Home - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
"Home, let me come home / Home is wherever I'm with you / Our home, yes, I am home / Home is when I’m alone with you"
Angels - The XX
"And with words unspoken / A silent devotion / I know you know what I mean / And the end is unknown / But I think I'm ready / As long as you're with me / Being as in love with you as I am"
Sea of Love - Cat Power
"Come with me / My love / To the sea / The sea of love / I wanna tell you / How much I love you"
All Day and All of the Night - The Kinks
"I believe that you and me last forever / Oh yeah, all day and nighttime yours, leave me never / The only time I feel alright is by your side / Girl I want to be with you all of the time / All day and all of the night"
I hope you love these tracks as much as I do! Leave your comments and other alternative wedding day music suggestions below in the comments section - I'd love to hear your first dance song choices!