Want to keep guests on the dance floor? Play these songs.
Bride and Groom First Dance
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One of the best parts about your Big Day is the music. And at a Southern wedding, the music you choose to play is just as important as the food you decide to serve. Whether you have a DJ, a band, or a generous cousin running the musical show, make sure there are a few songs that capture the beauty of your wedding day. While everyone has a few special (and personal) tunes to play, here are a few that we believe must make your playlist.

  1. I Choose You, Sarah Bareilles: This isn't your average sappy first dance song—with a happy upbeat feeling, it's the perfect song for you and your guests to celebrate marital bliss.
  2. Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell: The best way to say, "'till death do us part."
  3. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love), Natalie Cole: This song reaffirms us that this is the beginning of a lifetime together.
  4. Walk the Line, Johnny Cash: Everyone will be singing these classic lines together.
  5. I Found You, Alabama Shakes: For that moment when "I do" becomes a reality.
  6. Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran: This irresistible melody will have some tears during that first dance.
  7. At Last, Etta James: The moment everyone has been waiting for has finally arrived, and what better song to capture the moment than this one.
  8. Can't Help Falling in Love, Elvis Presley: A classic from the King that will make that moment oh so special.
  9. Marry Me, Train: This song reminds us that true love is eternal.
  10. Stand By Me, Ben E. King: This song has stood the test of time, and has reminded a countless number of couples that love is forever.
  11. When a Man Loves a Woman, Percy Sledge: The words to this song truly speak for itself.
  12. From This Moment On, Shania Twain & Bryan White: From the moment the bride and groom exchange vows, all the guests will know that this union will never be unbroken.
  13. Marry You, Bruno Mars: No better way to say it.
  14. It's Your Love, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill: Hill and McGraw celebrate love.
  15. My Girl, The Temptations: The bride will know that she is the luckiest girl in the world when this song comes on.
  16. You & I, John Legend: Legend's voice. That's all.
  17. I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me), Whitney Houston: All the guests will hit the dance floor with the bride and groom when this comes on.
  18. Make You Feel My Love, Adele: Cue the tears.
  19. You Are the Best Thing, Ray LaMontagne: What better words are there to hear (well, besides "I Do") on your wedding day.
  20. Can't Take My Eyes Off You, Frankie Valli: Play this song and watch the bride and groom stare into each other eyes as they take their first dance.