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Slow Jam Wedding Songs for the Bride & Groom's First Dance


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When it comes to dance floor antics at your wedding, you need a fine balance between upbeat and slow jams. We covered five of the upbeat favourites that guests like to here in our last post, so now we are going to cool things down and inject a little love onto the dance floor. It should go without saying that weddings are all about romance, and while of course it’s mostly about the romance of the two people actually tying the knot, there’s no harm in letting other couples enjoy it as well. You should definitely pepper your playlist with a few songs to sway along to and share the love. Here are our top five slow jams for your reception’s soundtrack. 

Come Away With Me by Norah Jones

Ms Jones has a voice that is both charming and seductive, and is very successful when it comes to creating a romantic ambiance. Weddings are like fairytales - they specialise in suspending belief and making the lucky couple feel as if they are the only two people in the world. And at a really good wedding, this feeling spreads to other couples, be they the old marrieds or the Best Man and Maid of Honour who just hooked up. This song encapsulates and suspension of belief. 

I Dont Want To Miss a Thing by Aerosmith

Movie romance, unlike real life, is perfect. That scene in Armageddon where Liv Tyler and Ben Affleck explore each other’s bodies on the shuttle thing and Aerosmith serenades them is perfection. For those few minutes, we totally forget that he is about to risk his life to save the world and this could be their last time together. And anyone who is familiar with that film has those perfectly romantic connotations when they hear the song. You believe that you are Ben and Liv. 

Lets Get It On by Marvin Gaye

Sure, Norah Jones has a voice that seduces, but Marvin Gaye takes the seduction to a whole ‘nother level. According to recent research, since this song was released in 1973, about three quarters of the population was conceived to this song. Okay, we have no such research, but it wouldn’t surprise us. This song makes people fall in love, even if it’s just for the night. 

Lets Stay Together by Al Green

We couldn’t big up Marvin Gaye without mentioning Reverend Al Green. Known as the father of soul, Al Green sure knows how to create a mood. The great thing about this song is that it’s slow and can be danced to romantically, but it also has an infectious beat that is easy to do the two-step to if you don’t see the person you’re dancing with in “that way”. 

Youre Beautiful by James Blunt

This is a bit of a controversial entry because it’s actually one of the most popular choices for the bride and groom’s first dance. However, if you actually listen to the lyrics (not the radio edit) you will find that it’s entirely inappropriate for that purpose. So we would advise against having your first Mr and Mrs dance to it, but if you really do love the song, there’s no harm in having it on the reception playlist. 



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