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. Also many of these songs work well for wedding ceremony music.

“The book of love” – Peter Gabriel

“Try a little tenderness” – The Commitments

“You are the best thing” – Ray LaMontagne

“This years love” – David Gray

“My best friend” – Tim McGraw

“Perfect” – Ed Sheeran

“All of me” – John Legend

“Tenerife sea” – Ed Sheeran

“Take my hand” – Picture This

“Better Together” – Jack Johnson


“The first time ever i saw your face” – Roberta Flack

“Can’t help falling in love” – Elvis

“Strangers in the night” – Frank Sinatra

“Wonderful tonight” – Eric Clapton

“Let’s stay together” – Al Green

“The way you look tonight” – Frank Sinatra

“Nobody does it better” – Carly Simon

“Stand by me” – Ben E King


“Always” – Bon Jovi

“I want to know what love is” – Foreigner

“More than words” – Extreme

“Heaven” – Bryan Adams

“Amazed” – Lonestar

“Nothing’s gonna stop us now” – Starship

“All for love” – Bryan Adams

“I just can’t stop loving you” – Michael Jackson

“A groovy kind of love” – Phil Collins

“Nothing else matters” – Metallica

“Wild horses” – The Rolling Stones

“I don’t wanna miss a thing” – Aerosmith

“She dries me crazy” – Fine young cannibals

Indie/Modern Rock

“Kiss me” – Sixpence none the richer

“Friday I’m in love” – The Cure

“Truly Madly Deeply” – Savage Garden

“You and me” – Lifehouse

“Wherever you will go” – The Calling

“Come and get your love” – Redbone

“Iris” – The Goo Goo Dolls

“Everlong” (acoustic) – The Foo Fighters

“On call” – The Kings of Leon

“Starlight” – Muse

“Many of horror” – Biffy Clyro–lH0H3U


“Only Love” – Ben Howard

“True love” – Pink

“I won’t give up” – Jason Mraz

“Jackie and Wilson” – Hozier

“The One” – Kodaline

“Nothing’s real but love” – Rebecca Ferguson

“Yellow” – Coldplay


“Home” – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic zeros

“Better” – Tom Baxter

“Take my breath away” – Berlin

“Tupelo honey” – Van Morrison

“Heartbeats” – Jose Gonzalez