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The first dance...

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

Amazed - Lonestar -

Always and Forever - Luther Vandross

As Love is my witness - Westlife

All of me - John Legend

By your side - Sade

Beneath your beautiful- Labrinth & Emilie Sande

Better Together - Jack Johnson

Close your eyes - Michael Buble

Crazy love - Van Morrison

Can’t help falling in love - Elvis

Can’t take my eyes off you - Frankie Valli

Everlasting love - Jamie Callum

Everything - Michael Buble

First day of my life - Bright eyes

From the ground up - Dan and Shay

Golden - Lady Antebellum

Greatest day - Take That

Heaven - Bryan Adams

Have I told you lately - Van Morrison

How long will I love you - Ellie Goulding

How would you feel - Ed Sheeran

How sweet it is to be loved by you - James Taylor

It’s all about you - Luther Vandross

I want to know what love is - Foreigner

I knew I loved you - Savage Garden

I get the sweetest feeling - Jackie Wilson

I do - Colbie Caillat

I choose you - Sara Bareillas

It’s your love - Tim Mcagraw

Knocks me off my feet - Stevie Wonder

Lucky - Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat

Let’s stay together - Al Green -

Latch (acoustic) - Sam Smith -

Little things - One Direction -

My girl - Otis Reading -

Marry Me - Train -

More than words - Extreme -

No one - Alicia Keys -

Never seen anything quite like you - The script -

Perfect - Ed Sheeran -

Real love - Tom Odell -

She’s got a way - Billy Joel

She’s everything - Brad Paisley

She - Elvis Costello -

This will be - Natalie Cole -

To make you feel my love - Adele -

The Luckiest - Ben Folds -

Then - Brad Paisley -

The first time ever I saw your face - Roberta Flack -

Thinking out loud - Ed Sheeran -

The way you look tonight - Frank Sinatra -

When I fall in love - Nat King Cole -

When a man loves a woman - Percy Sledge -

You and me - Lifehouse -

Yours - Ella Henderson -

You make it real - James Morrison -

You’re still the one - Shania Twain -

Yours - Russell Dickerson -

You are the best thing - Ray Lamontagne -

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!

Acoustic versions

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,



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