When it comes to wedding planning, one of the most important things couples have to keep in mind is what song they’d like to share their first dance to. The song should be meaningful to the couple and their love story, whether it’s been “their song” for years or is something they chose just for their special day. Country music is full of beautiful love songs that are perfect for slow dancing, which is why oftentimes a couple’s first dance at their wedding is backed up by the soundtrack of a country tune.
While there are many romantic country songs, some have been overplayed at weddings, to the point that people have grown tired of them. But there’s no need to worry, there’s still a wealth of sweet country love songs that you haven’t heard being played at a wedding 100 times already. We’ve gathered up a list of eight romantic country songs you may not have thought of at first when it came to picking the perfect tune for your wedding. But these eight songs are ones that are guaranteed to make your first dance a dream come true you’ll remember forever.
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8. “We Danced” -Brad Paisley
Brad Paisley has released many romantic songs over the years, but his 2000 single is perfect for the first dance at a wedding. After all, it is titled “We Danced.”
The song doesn’t just have a romantic message, but it tells a complete love story. It opens with the narrator sweeping the bar after work, when a woman walks in to retrieve her purse she left behind. The two end up dancing, and as time passes they fall in love and eventually become engaged. Between the sweet story and the music itself, this song will make you want to pull your sweetheart close as you sway along.
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7. “Making Memories of Us” -Keith Urban
There’s a reason Keith Urban’s 2005 single topped the country charts following its release. “Making Memories of Us” is an affectionate tune co-produced by Urban, and it made hearts melt around the world.
Urban’s narrator sings to his significant other in the song, promising her that he’ll always be there to take care of her. Beyond that, he makes a vow to always fill her life with happy memories and love, singing “I wanna stand out in a crowd for you/A man among men/I wanna make your world better than it’s ever been.” If this song doesn’t make you feel like slow dancing with the loved one in your life, we don’t know which one would!
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6. “History in the Making” -Darius Rucker
While Urban’s song will help you and your love make memories at your wedding, Darius Rucker’s 2009 hit will help you make history. “History in the Making” was released as the fourth single from Rucker’s album Learn to Live, and was also co-written by Rucker.
Although “History in the Making” is the traditional slow ballad you often associate with weddings, that doesn’t make it any less suitable for a couple’s first dance. In the song, the narrator reflects on the current moment he’s experiencing with his love, saying how even such a simple moment is part of their history together. That’s exactly what the first dance at weddings is all about, so what better song to chose than one that describes such a feeling?
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5. “When You Say Nothing At All” -Keith Whitley or Alison Krauss
As one of the greatest country love songs of all time, “When You Say Nothing At All” would be a beautiful addition to your wedding playlist, especially for the first dance. Unlike other country songs, you have two versions to pick from when it comes to this country classic. You could go with Keith Whitley’s original, or Alison Krauss’ 1995 cover, since both are beautiful works of art.
“When You Say Nothing At All” is all about those moments you spend with the love of your life that don’t require any conversation. The first dance at your wedding is such a moment, which makes this stunning song and ideal piece for such a time.
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4. “My Best Friend -Tim McGraw
Many people say when they get married that they’re marrying their best friend. Not only is that person the one they love, but the one they are able to share anything with, and always enjoy spending time with. This sentiments are expressed in Tim McGraw’s single from 1999, appropriately titled, “My Best Friend.”
As you sway back and forth and look into your loved one’s eyes, the words you hear McGraw singing about a special someone will make it seem like he read your mind. He speaks of a love that goes beyond romance, singing “You’re more than a lover/There could never be another/To make me feel the way you do.” Now that’s a song that will give you butterflies in your stomach!
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3. “Forever and Ever, Amen” -Randy Travis
Another romantic country song that isn’t your traditional slow dancing tune, “Forever and Ever, Amen” is one of the most iconic country love songs of all time. Recorded by Randy Travis, the upbeat tune is perfect for fun-loving couples who would rather do a more fast-paced dance than you typically see at weddings.
Of course, the message in “Forever and Ever, Amen” makes it the perfect first dance song as well. You’ll have the time of your life dancing along with your significant other as Travis sings about spending the rest of your life with the one you love.
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2. “Carrying Your Love With Me” -George Strait
With over 60 number one hits, it was basically impossible to pick just one song by the “King of Country” that couples should consider playing at their wedding. But since we couldn’t fill a whole list with George Strait songs, we selected “Carrying Your Love With Me” as the perfect representative for any wedding.
Released in 1997, the song is one of Strait’s many career #1 hits, and it’s no surprise why. It’s also no surprise why it would be a great fit for any wedding, since it’s centered on the topic of love. As you start your new journey with the love of your life, Strait’s words will echo your thoughts, since you know no matter where you go, you’ll always carry your love for the special someone in your life.
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1. “Islands in the Stream” -Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
In 1983, country legends Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton graced our ears with their stunning duet “Islands in the Stream.” It’s since gone on to become known as one of the greatest duets in all of country music history, making it the perfect candidate for the first dance at any wedding.
This song is the perfect fit for fun-loving couples, who want to throw in a mix of slow dancing along with some funky dance moves here in there. Plus, your guests are guaranteed to love it, and they may even be heard singing along! After all, that’s what weddings are all about…sharing your love with the people you care about most in the world.
Which one of these country songs would you consider playing for the first dance at your wedding? Or if you’re already married, which song did you pick, even if it isn’t on this list? Let us know!