(Closed) Indie or Alternative songs for First Dance

posted 11 years ago in Music
Post # 17
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

indie covers are also a great way to go.  A few off the top of my head

M Ward “Let My Love Open the Door”
Katie Melua “Just Like Heaven”
Jem “Yellow”
Nouvelle Vogue “Melt With You”

A few more of my favorites

“Honey and the Moon” by Joseph Arthur
“Have a Little Faith in Me” by John Hiatt
“Loving You” by Paolo Nutini

our first dance is going to be “Bright Smile” by Josh Ritter.

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

@mouse – My Fiance and I’s first song is “No One’s Gonna Love You (More Than I Do)” by Band Of Horses.

But some other suggestions are: Pretty much anything by Sia, Cat Power’s cover of “Sea of Love”, Feist has a couple of good love songs, Kings of Convenience, Arcade Fire’s “Crown of Love” is a good tune (it starts out slow, then you can boogie, good mix), Magnetic Fields does a cover of Peter Gabriel’s “Book of Love.” Ray LeMontagne (is he still considered indie?) he has a ton of love songs. Hope this helps! 

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

A fellow Weezer fan!  I always wanted “Only in Dreams” when I was younger, but it’s like 7 minutes long lol.  I like a lot of the songs the other bees listed, I think you’ll have a lot to choose from!

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

blueshoes – “Only in Dreams” was the song that my Fiance wanted, but I had to say no because of it being so long. I’m already nervous about being the center of attention, I don’t think I can handle 7 minutes of everyone watching my poor dancing skills. 🙂

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee

I also <3 Everlong…we played the VSQ version during seating

Post # 22
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Blushing bee

Those that mentioned Band of Horses. Is No One’s Going to Love You More Than I Do about staying together or breaking up? I love the song and the video (bro love!) but can’t tell from the lyrics. Also the first line is a bit WTF for a wedding song.

If I knew how to dance, I would be all over Michael Franti & Spearhead’s Say Hey.

Post # 23
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Busy bee

It is amazing how sometimes you are having such difficulty thinking of something. Then you go on weddingbee and whats that…a message board with helpful posts! Such great timing!!!

Post # 24
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

No an Indie or Alternative band, but we’re using Pearl Jam’s “Just Breathe” for our first song.  It has a really sweet, Indie-ish vibe to it, and Pearl Jam is FI’s favorite band.

Post # 25
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

So they’re not really indie, and only a little alternative, but the Fiance and I are both huge Coldplay fans. Our first dance will probably be “Yellow,” but “Till Kingdom Come” is a great song that Johnny Cash originally wrote, and it’s a hidden track on “X&Y.” Also check out “Green Eyes,” “One I Love,” “Lovers in Japan,” “Strawberry Swing.”

Seconded for acoustic versions of “Everlong” and “Such Great Heights,” two of my favorite songs.

As far as Weezer goes, it’s not a slow song, but “My Best Friend” off their “Make Believe” album is SO adorable. Lyrical sample: “you’re my best friend, and I love you, I love you, yes I do…”

A couple of Muse songs: “Invincible,” and “I Belong to You.”

Ingrid Michaelson’s “The Way I Am,” and my personal favorite “You and I.”

“Chasing Cars” and “Crack the Shutters” by Snow Patrol

“Question,” The Old 97s (my FI’s roommate actually played this one for us and it brought tears to my eyes because he’s such a not-sappy guy, but he knew it suited us so well)

“Stellar,” Incubus… they have a handful of other sweet ones, too.

We’re big fans of alternative music, so when I hear a sweet song, I definitely take note 🙂

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

@dollylava

I see what you are saying, but my Fiance and I take it as, even when times are tough, no one will love you more than I do. The part where he talks about “someone should have warned you,” to me, means, that someone should have told you its not easy. And when he talks about “I never want to hear you say, that you’d be better off, or you like it that way,” to me means that I don’t want to hear you give up.

Maybe I’m wrong, but that’s what it means to us.

Post # 27
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

And I can’t believe I forgot this one: “Miracle,” by the Foo Fighters. Amazing song, slow-dance-able, and I heart Dave Grohl.

Post # 28
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

We had to put Band of Horses aside due to lyrics.  I still think The Funeral is one of the best songs ever… but we did use the Great Salt Lake in our cocktail hour music.

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Well, I’m sorry the lyrics in mine and my FI’s song don’t really speak to everyone the same way, but it means something to us. And, its our first dance. I mean, when someone suggested Sigur Ros, no one made a big deal about the lyrics being Icelandic. The melodies are beautiful, and if someone wants to dance to it, they should be allowed to.

Post # 30
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We danced to Pistol by Dustin Kensrue.

Post # 31
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We were thinking about Cat Power’s cover of “Sea of Love” for awhile, (I know someone mentioned it above…) but eventually decided that it was maybe a little too melancholy… and went with “Dearest” by Buddy Holly.

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