There are endless ways to organize a wedding, but what is consistent across most cultures and traditions is that you, your spouse-to-be, and your loved ones gather to celebrate love. If you're taking a traditional, American approach to your wedding, you'll raise that love up in many ways, including heartfelt vows and the first dance song at your wedding. The purpose of the first dance is to honor your first dance (obvi) as married spouses! Of course, some couples blend old-school wedding customs with new-school flair by slow-dancing to romantic songs before busting out in perfect choreography to trendy bangers. Whatever mood you're creating with your first dance, the foundation is always gentleness and warmth. And luckily, there are many beloved artists whose songs lend themselves to that kind of atmosphere.
Next to soul and jazz covers by Amy Winehouse and larger-than-life serenades by Lana Del Rey, you've got Ed Sheeran's gushy hits and Taylor Swift's affectionate odes to romance. Besides, who can else can bring tears to your eyes like Sam Smith? Who else can stir up nostalgia like Adele, or capture timeless devotion like Beyoncé? Here are 10 songs to help you seal the deal once you've walked down the aisle and said "I do."