Updated: Sep 24, 2018
As far as traditions go, the first dance at a wedding is one of the biggest. It is the first official time a couple dance together as a newlyweds for family and guests. It is also one of the specials moments, that will be remembered long after the event.
Choosing a song for your first dance is surely going to be one of the easiest decisions you make right? Well for some, this may be the case, but for the rest of us it can be one of hardest choices you make for your big day.
There are millions of songs out there to choose from, but jointly agreeing on just one, knowing it will then become "your song" is worthy of some serious thought.
Here, we have compiled a list of tips for choosing the perfect first dance wedding song, as well as some of our top picks form our playlist.
1. What are the significant songs already in your relationship?
If you have a think about it, perhaps there are already a number of songs that mean something to you as a couple. Perhaps it was a song you remember playing one night when you first met, on a special date, or just a favourite song you love to play on every road trip. A first dance song doesn't have to be something completely new just because it's your wedding. In fact something you have listened to together already in your lives may have more meaning to you as a couple.
2. Pick a song with a great beat
Music with a great beat is easier to dance to. Not only will you find your steps will come more naturally, but your guests will be dancing in their seats with you.
3. Short and sweet
Choosing a song that is 2-3 minutes (or that can be edited down) is usually long enough. Keeping your dance to this length will not only be easier to remember, but it will pack a bunch with your guests before they want to get up on the dance floor themselves.
4. Listen to the lyrics
Another way to pick a song for your first dance is to find one with lyrics that speak to you as a couple. Something that reflects your love for one another, and the times you have spent together.
5. Choose a song to reflect your dance style
This ones important. Do you picture your dance as an intimate slow dance, an elegant waltz, something fun, or a complete mash up of styles. If you have an idea of how you like to dance, then you can find a song to match that. Most importantly, look for a song that reflects your personalities as the individuals you are. A first dance song definitely doesn't have to be from any list (including ours) you've found on the internet. Equally, you can pick something no one has ever heard before as long as it means something to you.
Our Song Inspiration List
"I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz
"At Last" by Etta James
"Let's Stay Together" by Al Green
"A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri
"I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" by Aerosmith
"(Everything I Do) I Do It For You, by Bryan Adams
"Happy" by Pharell Williams
"Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
"From This Moment On" by Shania Twain and Brian White
"Amazed" by Lonestar
"If I Aint Got You" by Alicia Keys
"Perfect" by Ed Sheeran
"Me and Mrs Jones" by Michael Buble
"Come What May" by Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman
"Kiss Me" by Ed Sheeran
"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
"Iris" by The Goo Goo Dolls
"Truly madly Deeply" by Savage Garden
"Run" by Leona Lewis
"You're Still The One" by Shania Twain
"Kissing You" by Des'ree
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours" by Stevie Wonder
"You're the First, The Last, My Everything" by Barry White
"Lets Get Married" by Jagged Edge
"Marry You" by Bruno Mars
"I Love You" by Sarah McLachlan
"Can You Feel The Love Tonight" by Elton John
"I Got You Babe" by Sonny and Cher
" Everlong" by Foo Fighters (Acoustic)
"How Do I Live" by Leanne Rimes
"First Day Of My Life" by Bright Eyes
"Better Together" by Jack Johnson
"Endless Love" by Lionel Ritchie and Diana Ross
"(I've Had) The Time of My Life" by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack
"Cruisin" by Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis
"Kiss From A Rose" by Seal
" Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Franki Valli
"Angels" by Robbie Williams
"You've Got The Love" by Florence and The Machine
"Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton
" I Do (Cherish You)" 98 Degrees
"Truly, Madly, Deeply" by Savage Garden
"When You Say Nothing at All" Ronan Keating
"Come Away With Me" by Norah Jones
"Can't Help Falling In Love" by Elvis Presley
"Amazing" by Alex Lloyd
"All of Me" by John Legend
"You and Me" by Lifehouse
"How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) by Marvin Gaye