For some it fills them with dread... cold sweats and sleepless nights. For others it’s their moment to shine and show off weeks of dance classes that have paid off... what am I talking about? The first dance. The moment where all eyes are on you both and you’re praying you wont trip up, mess up or have a power cut (I unfortunately had the latter during mine!).
The thing that tends to have couples stumped is what on earth are they going to pick for their song? Ive had many beautiful requests and some are listed below. I've also had a few where i’ve had to ask the couple to look at the lyrics and consider their choice again. A song may sound lovely but you definitely don’t want to dance your way into married life with lyrics about breaking up!
For some its an easy choice, for others its hours spent searching for the perfect one. Hopefully the advice and ideas in this blog will give you some inspiration and if you have a suggestion not listed below please add it to the comments!
The ‘significant moment’ songs
I’ve heard so many wonderful background stories as to why couples picked their song. My favourite first dances are the ones that represent a moment in the couples relationship. These are some sweet, real life stories behind the reason for a first dance song...
The song that appeared on every mix CD one partner made the other
The song they first danced to
The song that was played all the time on the radio when they first got together.
The song that was on their engagement skydive video (amazing proposal!)
A song that was the soundtrack to a previous holiday they had taken.
Think about a significant moment in your relationship, is there a song that accompanies it? It doesn’t have to be a song that is years old in your relationship, it could be from a recent event that is important to you. You might need to dig deep but it’s definitely worth it!
Songs for their lyrics
Not everyone has that one song that means something or if they do, it may be appropriate for a first dance. If you don’t, fear not... look for lyrics that say everything you want to in a song. Granted, this may take some time but I have made a list of ideas below to get you started. Check out spotify playlists too, they have so many you can browse through!
At Last - Etta James https://youtu.be/S-cbOl96RFM
Amazed - Lonestar - https://youtu.be/x-skFgrV59A
Always and Forever - Luther Vandross https://youtu.be/SBJl5BH4Ycg
As Love is my witness - Westlife https://youtu.be/dLiHpjN8GXo
All of me - John Legend https://youtu.be/450p7goxZqg
By your side - Sade https://youtu.be/C8QJmI_V3j4
Beneath your beautiful- Labrinth & Emilie Sande https://youtu.be/bqIxCtEveG8
Better Together - Jack Johnson https://youtu.be/u57d4_b_YgI
Close your eyes - Michael Buble https://youtu.be/LoEWmc60wJY
Crazy love - Van Morrison https://youtu.be/DSfeB9F_IoU
Can’t help falling in love - Elvis https://youtu.be/zZkih54evUs
Can’t take my eyes off you - Frankie Valli https://youtu.be/NGFToiLtXro
Everlasting love - Jamie Callum https://youtu.be/f3tROimHbuo
Everything - Michael Buble https://youtu.be/SPUJIbXN0WY
First day of my life - Bright eyes https://youtu.be/xUBYzpCNQ1I
From the ground up - Dan and Shay https://youtu.be/ODRWKGIxB4M
Golden - Lady Antebellum https://youtu.be/NraT8dhxxYc
Greatest day - Take That https://youtu.be/zHzMLGH1Rfs
Heaven - Bryan Adams https://youtu.be/s6TtwR2Dbjg
Have I told you lately - Van Morrison https://youtu.be/UFF1wJN75Z0
How long will I love you - Ellie Goulding https://youtu.be/an4ySOlsUMY
How would you feel - Ed Sheeran https://youtu.be/ZZMZiBCRX4c
How sweet it is to be loved by you - James Taylor https://youtu.be/kSQdRz-HlJw
It’s all about you - Luther Vandross https://youtu.be/-ap1o3Y1eWo
I want to know what love is - Foreigner https://youtu.be/raNGeq3_DtM
I knew I loved you - Savage Garden https://youtu.be/jjnmICxvoVY
I get the sweetest feeling - Jackie Wilson https://youtu.be/eDB85BBV1uA
I do - Colbie Caillat https://youtu.be/E0oyglKjbFQ
I choose you - Sara Bareillas https://youtu.be/xjE5D9cHiOk
It’s your love - Tim Mcagraw https://youtu.be/2AJ4i4S_fP8
Knocks me off my feet - Stevie Wonder https://youtu.be/BI4sC5hidUg
Lucky - Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat https://youtu.be/acvIVA9-FMQ
Let’s stay together - Al Green - https://youtu.be/COiIC3A0ROM
Latch (acoustic) - Sam Smith - https://youtu.be/pUK6HlzNWEg
Little things - One Direction - https://youtu.be/xGPeNN9S0Fg
My girl - Otis Reading - https://youtu.be/swSytFVMHuU
Marry Me - Train - https://youtu.be/ghZt2cILcCU
More than words - Extreme - https://youtu.be/UrIiLvg58SY
No one - Alicia Keys - https://youtu.be/rywUS-ohqeE
Never seen anything quite like you - The script - https://youtu.be/gDxdkSkkM0Q
Perfect - Ed Sheeran - https://youtu.be/2Vv-BfVoq4g
Real love - Tom Odell - https://youtu.be/eZLYp-jgx-I
She’s got a way - Billy Joel https://youtu.be/KUn-XOQoN3U
She’s everything - Brad Paisley https://youtu.be/JCjXaEbrLdw
She - Elvis Costello - https://youtu.be/O040xuq2FR0
This will be - Natalie Cole - https://youtu.be/lswB6q2t_6c
To make you feel my love - Adele - https://youtu.be/0put0_a--Ng
The Luckiest - Ben Folds - https://youtu.be/f9bRmuP-kQY
Then - Brad Paisley - https://youtu.be/81on1ZFE63w
The first time ever I saw your face - Roberta Flack - https://youtu.be/P6BbiGXPi6c
Thinking out loud - Ed Sheeran - https://youtu.be/lp-EO5I60KA
The way you look tonight - Frank Sinatra - https://youtu.be/h9ZGKALMMuc
When I fall in love - Nat King Cole - https://youtu.be/GfAb0gNPy6s
When a man loves a woman - Percy Sledge - https://youtu.be/jHS8LAqHyHs
You and me - Lifehouse - https://youtu.be/ac3HkriqdGQ
Yours - Ella Henderson - https://youtu.be/CAjKZJarlwk
You make it real - James Morrison - https://youtu.be/rRxccy-zcJ8
You’re still the one - Shania Twain - https://youtu.be/KNZH-emehxA
Yours - Russell Dickerson - https://youtu.be/g83se50wTrs
You are the best thing - Ray Lamontagne - https://youtu.be/vJ3xTjvj9tw
The fun time first dance
Not feeling a slow & slushy song to dance to? Why not just make it fun? It doesn’t have to be all love songs and romance, if a fun song suits you better as a couple... DO IT!!! Your guests will love it too!
Check out these hilarious ideas couples have actually done for their first dance...
C’est la vie from Pulp Fiction - with the full dance routine from the film to accompany it! Coolest.Thing.Ever!
Chicken dance - Yes you heard right! This couple started off with ‘Thinking out loud’ by Ed Sheeran for about 1 minute and then the chicken dance came on. As it was a rule all guests had to dance the chicken dance when it sounded everyone joined in! The bride said it was her favourite memory from the whole day!
All I want for Christmas is you - The perfect Christmas song! This bride sat her hubby on a chair on the dance floor and with some backup dancing from her bridesmaids serenaded him. I was actually involved in this one and it was hilarious!
If your song isn’t exactly first dance material, can it be altered into an acoustic version? Some songs have the most beautiful lyrics but you don’t even realise! Check out acoustic covers on Spotify, there are some incredible versions on there by some insanely talented singers! I’ll be uploading some acoustic covers soon so stay tuned!!
I hope these ideas helped and the song list has given you some inspiration!
I’d love to hear your feedback! Have I missed anything out?
Lots of love,