Post # 1
So, even though Fiance and I have been together 7 1/2 years… we don’t have a song.
I’m trying to figure out what to use for our first dance song. I was listening to some of FI’s Van Morrison and I came across Van Morrison’s Have I Told You Lately:
I didn’t realize Van Morrison originally wrote this and I really like the song SO much better by him (never really liked the Rod Stewart version).
However, neither Fiance or I are religious, would you think it strange if a non-religious couple danced to this song at their wedding?
Post # 3
Wow I really like that version! I think it’s a beautiful song and that if you feel it fits the two of you then go for it. I’ve never really noticed the line referring to giving thanks and praying before so I don’t think that would matter too much for me. If it is rubbing you the wrong way just keep this one in the back of your mind and keep scouring for that perfect song. The idea of this song may grow on you the more you look around.
Post # 4
@KatNYC2011: My best friend danced to this at her wedding 12 years ago (not religious) and it’s timeless. I would say it was a great choice and stick with it. This song won’t bore you in years to come and it’s perfect for a first dance.
Post # 5
@skyeatnight: That’s why I love it, it is timeless.
I didn’t notice the “give thanks and pray to the one” line until I started listening to it over and over and over.
So I may just be over analyzing.
I do really love the message behind the song and how simple and sincere it is.
I think this one may be a winner (plus Fiance loves Van Morrison).
Post # 6
I think the overwhelming arc of the song is focused on the person they love, not the spiritual aspects. And its a beautiful song (I totally agree that this version is better!) Go for it 🙂
Post # 7
I never really liked the Rod Stewart version. I thought it was a little cheesy (and I never knew Van Morrison actually wrote the song!).
Maybe I’ll see what my parents and Future Mother-In-Law think too.
Post # 9
It’s not a religious song. If you love it, then use it. I agree that this version is much better than Rod Stewart’s.
Post # 10
@Ember78: Thanks! I’ve just done some reading about it and it was originally written as a prayer (not a song).
But I still LOVE it every time I listen to it.
Post # 11
My dad picked the Rod Stewart version for our father-daughter dance. I say use it. I had no idea it had any religious connotation.
Post # 12
I agree, I don’t think it is a “religious” song, and nobody will think its out of place.
By the way our first dance was to “Someone like You” aggh I just love Van Morrison!!
Post # 13
Thanks all, Fiance and I are super excited about using this song. Now on to Mother/Son and Father/Daughter dances…