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Nite-Time learns a lot of special requests in a year. We’ve learned sorority songs, team songs, old lullabies, parents’ wedding songs, Spanish songs and many more, but none of these special songs are as important or as special as a couple’s first dance.

Here’s a list of some of our favorites from the last few years, in no particular order. They run the gamut and are as varied and individual as our brides and grooms themselves. Some are classics, some are modern and some have a different approach, but they all produced great moments for the couples that danced to them!


You Are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne

To Make You Feel My Love by Adele

Everything by Michael Buble’

Ribbon in the Sky by Stevie Wonder










Someone Like You by Van Morrison

Baby I Love You by Aretha Franklin

I Wanna Grow Old With You by Adam Sandler

You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker

Moonlight Serenade by Glen Miller

Marianna and Nate 2






Tupelo Honey by Van Morrison

Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash (as interpreted by Amy)

Have a Little Faith in Me by John Hiatt

Just in Time by Nina Simone

I Only Have Eyes for You by The Flamingos

I’ll Stand by You by The Pretenders

Heather & Jonah 1







A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

Little Trip to Heaven by Tom Waits

I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith

Anniversary Song by Cowboy Junkies

1,2,3,4 by Plain White T’s

and of course… At Last by Etta James

There are obviously thousands of possibilities for a first dance song (and more being written every day). These are just a few from the huge list we’ve had a great time compiling over the years… 





Date: May 11th

Location: The 21 Club, 21 West 52nd St., NYC

First Dance: You Are The Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne


We were recommended to Tina and Dave by the good folks at The 21 Club. They do some smaller weddings there and they were impressed with the way we maintain the ability to play a wide variety of music with a smaller ensemble.

Tina and Dave wanted just that in the music they chose for their wedding. We put together arrangements of all of their favorite songs with a four piece band that not only fit into the smaller space but didn’t overwhelm their guests with volume. We had a lot of fun with it and the guests not only got to talk and enjoy the beautiful setting and amazing food at 21, but they still got to dance and cut loose as if we were a full sized orchestra.


For Tina and Dave’s wedding they had a short ceremony to start the evening for which we played Moon River, a favorite of both the bride and the groom. They requested You Are The Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne for their first dance. We love playing this one; it’s been very popular. It’s a great heartfelt song that’s also danceable – it makes everyone want to move!

Here’s some details…


The Event Space on the 2nd Floor of 21.

LOVE the Skyline Themed Wedding Cake!!

LOVE the Skyline Themed Wedding Cake!!

Tina and Dave Getting Busy on the Dancefloor!

Tina and Dave Getting Busy on the Dancefloor!

Thanks so much to Tina and Dave for having Nite-Time as your wedding entertainment and we look forward to rocking The 21 Club again!!

Date: August 25th

Location: Salt Air Farm, Cutchogue, NY

First Dance: You Are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne

Jamie and Bill chose a beautiful and alternative spot for their wedding. The outdoor setting of Salt Air Farm on Long Island was a great backdrop which provided a lovely spot for their ceremony under a big old willow tree. We provided flute and acoustic guitar which was a wonderful complement to the pastoral milieu. 

The musicians played classical pieces arranged for guitar and flute while the guests arrived and throughout the ceremony. One of Jamie’s requests was Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring a beautiful piece that is perfect for a wedding ceremony.

Jamie and Bill are both huge fans of classic rock so they opted for a rock trio of guitar, bass and drums for cocktails to play stripped down versions of all their favorites from The Grateful Dead, The Band, Paul Simon and more. Salt Air Farm provided lawn games to amuse the guests while appetizers were passed in the field.

Dinner took place under a large tent in the middle of the Farm’s giant lawn and was served family style at two long tables. A rustic detailed sign set the mood and marked the way into the reception tent. The dinner was casual and the mood was festive. There was plenty of dancing and people were able to roam the grounds between courses to mingle or check out the amazing flowers they grow on the farm.

For dessert Jamie and Bill served cupcakes and cookies from a buffet so that guests could serve themselves and have another chance to mingle and catch up with friends and family. Meanwhile music kept going in the main tent so people could dance. We played a mix of music to get the crowd going, but focused a lot on classic rock since it’s the bride and groom’s favorite genre.


Jamie and Bill are a fun loving and gracious couple. They wanted their wedding to be a laid-back yet elegant affair, so they put together a beautiful, casual and spirited event in a luxuriously pastoral setting. We had a wonderful time playing for them and their guests!