MUSIC FOR VINTAGE WEDDINGS
Vintage weddings are classic, beautiful and uber cool, with a sense of glamour and elegance. To infuse vintage charm into your big day, you’ll need tunes to compliment the era and transport your guests to a time gone by.
The best vintage wedding dance songs
Music from the iconic jazz and swing eras will enhance your vintage vibe. We have ideas for your first dance, background music and evening reception dance floor tunes. If you love the vintage theme but aren’t a fan of old-skool crackle, stay true to the sound with a modern song, sung in a vintage style. Check out Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox’s YouTube Channel for modern songs performed in the vintage jazz style. It’s a clever way to bring your wedding up to date. They even do Ice Ice Baby. Genius. Great music choices are essential to enhance the atmosphere and capture the ambience of the time. Slip on your flapper dress or grab your panama hat, imagine you’re in Downton Abbey, Great Gatsby or Bugsy Malone and let’s get dancing!
Vintage First Wedding Dance Songs
At Last, Etta James – Etta James recorded this in 1960, but it sounds a lot older than it is. The beat is amazing for first dances, which is why it’s one of our most requested first wedding dance songs.
Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons – This sixties classic has a memorable, uplifting key change, meaning your dance can be slow and fast within the one track
Moonlight Serenade, Glenn Miller – This iconic instrumental arrangement from the 1930s oozes vintage sentiment. Nostalgic and beautiful, it’s ideal as background music or an end of the night slow dance.
It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing), Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett – This 1930s swing classic has been covered by many artists including Lady Gaga! One way to freshened up a vintage theme wedding is to use modern cover versions and this one is an absolute corker. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett recorded a whole album of swing classics including Anything Goes and the album title tune Cheek To Cheek Their vocals are amazing, as is the orchestra.
Moon River, Andy Williams – The Director of Wedding Day Dance UK chose Moon River for her own wedding dance, she kept it classic and elegant with a simple waltz. Moon River was actually from the 1960s, but the vibe is very vintage.
Let There Be Love, Nat King Cole – This plinky plunky piano tune is oh-so-smooth. The lyrics are opulent yet simple and there is great scope for interesting choreography. It’s evocative, so isn’t everyone’s ideal first dance song, but it’s a crowd pleasing slow dance tune for your guests at the evening reception.
Singing In The Rain, Mint Royale – This super cool electronic re-mix sounds so modern, yet it’s easily recognisable as a song from the 1920s, so it’s perfect to bring your vintage theme into the current day
Come Fly With Me, Frank Sinatra – This uplifting vintage jazz tune from the 1950s is a great first dance song. It will put a smile on everyone’s face.
Cheek To Cheek, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers – From the 1930s movie ‘Top Hat’, this is lyrically perfect for a lively, romantic first wedding dance.
What A Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong – This 1960s tune is deep and rather serious, with the lyrics describing being positive for a better future. Depending on how you view the world and your wedding day, this could be a great first dance song. But some couples might feel that this song is tinged with sadness and so it could be better for them as beautiful, meaningful background music.
Charlestone – This was HUGE in the Roaring Twenties. It’s great for your evening reception, it’s jolly and fun, everyone will be laughing. If you’re thinking about doing a non-traditional vintage first dance, this is your tune.
Doop Doop, by Doop – Who didn’t love this in the mid 1990s? This bizarre Charleston-esque floor filler will flood your wedding with guests trying out the Charleston moves they’ve seen on Strictly Come Dancing! If you like this, you might also want to listen to DJ Maurice & Daim Vega’s dance re-mix version, it’s slightly less mad.
We Have All The Time In The World, Louis Armstrong – Released in the late 1960s for the James Bond movie ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ but didn’t become a huge hit until Guinness used it for an advert in 1994. As Louis Armstrong’s jazz career started in the 1920s, we associate his gravelly voice with the vintage era, even though this lilting tune came much later.
They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Billie Holiday – This one from 1937 has the authentic jazz sound and is best used as background music, rather than as a first dance song. The song sounds like a list of a lovers compliments, but actually they are listing what they will miss about their lover once they are parted. The mixture of joy and sadness is bittersweet.
The Way You Look Tonight, Frank Sinatra – We choreograph first wedding dances to this song many times each year! It’s undeniably romantic and has been covered by many artists. We feel the most vintage version is Franks’s from 1936.
In The Mood, Glenn Miller – Big Band doesn’t get bigger than this. It’s THE tune of the 1940s. You could use this as (amazing) background music, in the evening reception or if you want to go unexpected with your first dance, you could swing around the dance floor.
Let’s Face The Music And Dance, Frank Sinatra – Ideal for couples who do not take themselves too seriously, this one is tongue-in-cheek for weddings due to the opening lyric ‘there may be trouble ahead’! Originally from the 1930s, it has a rather fast beat, so you might want to avoid it as a first dance song.