Christmas and winter weddings are so magical. The general ambience of this time of year, mixed with all the beautiful theming options of decorated trees, twinkly lights, mince pies and mulled wine, makes it so easy to add the charm and romance this season has to offer.
The first dance can be such an important part of the wedding day for many couples, and whilst some have a special song from the start, others like to choose one together that represents their relationship and the theme of their big day.
I have put together a list of 10 first dance song ideas that would be perfect for your Christmas wedding, along with a sample of the lyrics to really get you in the mood!
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Judy Garland
Many other artists have also covered this song, including Frank Sinatra, Sam Smith, and even twisted sister, so you can choose the style that best suits your personality.
‘Here we are as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more.’
All I Want For Christmas is You – Mariah Carey
An absolutely classic – you can’t go wrong with a bit of Mariah!
‘I don’t want a lot for Christmas
There is just one thing I need
I don’t care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree’
Let it Snow – Dean Martin
Again, this song has been recorded by many different artists over the years, including Doris Day and Frank Sinatra. More recently, Christina Perri recorded a beautiful version in the Live Room.
‘When we finally kiss goodnight
How I’ll hate going out in the storm!
But if you’ll really hold me tight
All the way home I’ll be warm’
Give Love on Christmas Day – The Jackson 5
This is such a great Christmas song with the perfect sentiment.
‘Why don’t you give love on Christmas Day
Oh, even the man who has everything
Would be so happy if you would bring
Him love on Christmas Day
No greater gift is there than love’
You Make It Feel Like Christmas – Neil Diamond
The lyrics of this song say everything you need in a first dance song.
‘When people ask how we stay together
I say you never let me down
And you make it feel like Christmas
Even when things go wrong’
Baby It’s Cold Outside – Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews
Originally written for the film Neptune’s daughter, this song has been recorded by so many artists. One of the most popular is Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews’ version, where you can add some drama and fun to your first dance.
‘I’ve got to get home – Oh, baby, you’ll freeze out there
Say, lend me your coat – It’s up to your knees out there
You’ve really been grand – Thrill when you touch my hand
Why don’t you see – How can you do this thing to me?’
Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt
This is a true classic and is a little bit cheeky. Michael Buble also did a great version.
‘Santa baby, just slip a Sable under the tree for me
Been an awful good girl, Santa baby
So hurry down the chimney tonight’
I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Bing Crosby
Again, this is such a beautiful song with lovely sentiment and a lovely old classic Christmas feel. There are more contemporary versions too by Michael Buble and Sarah McLachlan.
‘Christmas eve will find you
Where the love light gleams
I’ll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams’
Snowflakes of Love – Toni Braxton
The lyrics of this song say it all…
‘On this day, snowy day
Let me thank you for the joy you’re giving me
I’m so happy
I have snowflakes of love smiling down on me’
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams
This is a great, uplifting Christmas song, and would be perfect to get your wedding guests on the dance floor to join you if you’re worried about too much attention.
‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year
There’ll be much mistltoeing
And hearts will be glowing
When love ones are near
It’s the most wonderful time of the year’
So there you have it; 10 of the best Christmas love songs perfect for a first dance. Obviously there are lots more to choose from, and plenty to include in your band or DJ set to get everyone on the dance floor and into the Christmas Spirit.
Guest post by Tracey Warren of Warble Entertainment
Image from Kerry Ann Duffy Photography