Wedding songs, the First Dance

couple dancing to one of their favourite wedding songs, the first dance

Of all wedding songs the first dance can be an extremely tough decision for couples. We always get asked for our opinion on songs and what song would work the best. The best song is one that means something to couple. It doesn’t have to be a song other people will know or older generations will know. Once you like it that’s all that matters. On the same note it doesn’t have to be a waltz or a traditional slow song.

Often at weddings couples will say they don’t want to be left out there too long on their own as they are a bit nervous about the first dance. This is totally understandable as just like the church or venue entry all eyes are on the couple. To make things more relaxed Picture Perfect will usually agree with the bride and groom to step out of the room while we start the festivities for the first dance. We make sure every last guest is on their feet and clapping and stomping their feet. We encourage your guests to form a tight circle around the dance floor in anticipation for the couple to enter the room. This makes things fun and relaxed and also makes the room look a lot smaller and the walk to the dance floor a lot less daunting!

Here are some of our favourite first dances to ever hear and play at weddings. There is alot of variety and tempos in this list but all these songs mean something to the couple. For ideas on other wedding songs check out our Setlist.

“The book of love” – Peter Gabriel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmnDXRJ7btE

“Try a little tenderness” – The Commitments https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKfHC5eY5CI

“You are the best thing” – Ray LaMontagne https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJ3xTjvj9tw

“This years love” – David Gray https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zN4_7hq77g

“My best friend” – Tim McGraw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0kbNcMdSbI

“Perfect” – Ed Sheeran https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Vv-BfVoq4g

“All of me” – John Legend https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=450p7goxZqg

“Tenerife sea” – Ed Sheeran https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHTEGQbtP1I

“Take my hand” – Picture This https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T72qlb4SVeg

“Better Together” – Jack Johnson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfoqELZWcp8

Classics

“The first time ever i saw your face” – Roberta Flack https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8_fLu2yrP4

“Can’t help falling in love” – Elvis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGJTaP6anOU

“Strangers in the night” – Frank Sinatra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fd_3EkGr0-4

“Wonderful tonight” – Eric Clapton https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxAiUq8yn34

“Let’s stay together” – Al Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COiIC3A0ROM

“The way you look tonight” – Frank Sinatra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9ZGKALMMuc

“Nobody does it better” – Carly Simon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaV-6qerkqI

“Stand by me” – Ben E King https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwZNL7QVJjE

80s/Rock

“Always” – Bon Jovi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BMwcO6_hyA

“I want to know what love is” – Foreigner https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3Pr1_v7hsw

“More than words” – Extreme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrIiLvg58SY

“Heaven” – Bryan Adams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6TtwR2Dbjg

“Amazed” – Lonestar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-skFgrV59A

“Nothing’s gonna stop us now” – Starship https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wxyN3z9PL4

“All for love” – Bryan Adams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofA3URC1wyk

“I just can’t stop loving you” – Michael Jackson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHZ1Bii7Uwk

“A groovy kind of love” – Phil Collins https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsC_SARyPzk

“Nothing else matters” – Metallica https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAGnKpE4NCI

“Wild horses” – The Rolling Stones https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhwwCWkmYoc

“I don’t wanna miss a thing” – Aerosmith https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkK8g6FMEXE

“She dries me crazy” – Fine young cannibals https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtvmTu4zAMg

Indie/Modern Rock

“Kiss me” – Sixpence none the richer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hII0JXUJNDo

“Friday I’m in love” – The Cure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGgMZpGYiy8

“Truly Madly Deeply” – Savage Garden https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQnAxOQxQIU

“You and me” – Lifehouse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ac3HkriqdGQ

“Wherever you will go” – The Calling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAP9AF6DCu4

“Come and get your love” – Redbone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bc0KhhjJP98

“Iris” – The Goo Goo Dolls https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdYWuo9OFAw

“Everlong” (acoustic) – The Foo Fighters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAMgHB-1_Fo

“On call” – The Kings of Leon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYOW5uoyKl0

“Starlight” – Muse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pgum6OT_VH8

“Many of horror” – Biffy Clyro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAh–lH0H3U

Modern

“Only Love” – Ben Howard https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWlKZ6C7cDY

“True love” – Pink https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsmUOdmm02A

“I won’t give up” – Jason Mraz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1-4u9W-bns

“Jackie and Wilson” – Hozier https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSWqxbswQAY

“The One” – Kodaline https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLPGtQoRUbk

“Nothing’s real but love” – Rebecca Ferguson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoVNfJmVPcs

“Yellow” – Coldplay https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKNxeF4KMsY

Folk

“Home” – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic zeros https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHEOF_rcND8

“Better” – Tom Baxter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7-nm2guza8

“Take my breath away” – Berlin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUis9yny_lI

“Tupelo honey” – Van Morrison https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGkQ4mPiyoU

“Heartbeats” – Jose Gonzalez https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxJhYpTIrl8