When planning a LGBTQ+ wedding, there’s plenty to think about, from venues that welcome same-sex couples to decorations and cake toppers. There’s also that all-important first dance song that needs some consideration. Whether you want to slow dance with the love of your life or bust out some carefully choreographed moves to ‘wow’ your guests, here are some of the best LGBTQ+ first dance songs that might make your shortlist.
1. Queen – I Was Born to Love You
Who doesn’t love a bit of Queen at a wedding? The band’s hit I Was Born to Love You is all about care protection and dreams coming true which is bang on trend for your special day. The song also has an upbeat rhythm that’ll make you want to strut your stuff on the dance floor.
2. Culture Club – Love is Love
‘Love is Love’ is a popular slogan within the LGBTQ+ community. So how about this appropriately titled song from Culture Club? With the heart-warming line, “love is love is nothing without you,” this song is sure to get the tears of joy flowing.
3. Mary Lambert – She Keeps Me Warm
With the words, “I named both of her eyes ‘forever’” and “please don’t go”, this song is one for the romantics and definitely suitable for a lesbian or transgender wedding. It’s also got a beautifully slow tempo and is therefore perfect for first dance snuggles.
4. Kele Okereke – My Guy
As a cover of The Temptations’ My Girl, Kele Okereke’s reimagining of this popular tune is sure to go down well at a gay wedding. Best-known for being the lead singer of Indie rock band Bloc Party, Okereke’s voice is enchanting and the message of the song is on point.
5. Keiynan Lonsdale – Kiss the Boy
This song contains lyrics which are very poignant for many within the LGBTQ+ community, including “I’m scared to show just how I feel ‘cos people talk.” But it’s all about accepting who you are and making moves that are right for you. This is explained using the lyrics, “If you wanna kiss the boy, then you better kiss the boy right now.”
6. Elton John – Your Song
Whether you’re a fan of the Moulin Rouge soundtrack or simply love a bit of Elton John, who’s of course a huge representative of the LGBTQ+ community, how about having Your Song play as you enjoy your first dance?
7. Tegan and Sara – Love They Say
“Love, they say, heals all wounds” is one of the powerful messages in this quirky song by Tegan and Sara. It’s all about how there’s nothing love can’t do, making this a perfect first dance for your LGBTQ+ wedding.
8. Janelle Monae – Make Me Feel
Calling all performers. This upbeat and funky tune is ideal for anyone looking to put on a dramatic and entertaining first dance show. Don some funky accessories, whack on some killer stilettos, and get the party started in style. Check out the video for some inspiration.
9. Sufjan Stevens – Mystery of Love
A hit from the movie Call Me by Your Name which explores a sudden and unexpected homosexual relationship, Mystery of Love is an enchanting song that’s sure to unite everyone as you take to the dance floor.
10. Sara Bareilles – I Choose You
Sara Bareilles, singer of the touching song I Choose You, helped two couples propose for her music video – one being a lesbian couple. The result was incredibly romantic – just like the song which is all about learning from and embracing love.
If you’re looking for a venue that’s suitable for LGBT weddings, the Hythe Imperial nestled on the Kentish coast is ideal. Offering a range of LGBT wedding packages, this hotel welcomes all couples with open arms.