So what makes the best first dance wedding song?


Beautiful newlywed couple first dance at wedding reception surrounded by smoke and lights and sparks b&w

Well, as you might imagine, there’s no hard and fast answer. It would be boring if weddings were all the same now wouldn’t it?

So, just as the catering, theme, style, location and everything else should reflect the dreams and wishes of the couple, so should the tunes. This being said, you might not want to opt for negative music or anything that talks about relationships that go wrong, that would just be a bit too strange at a wedding, but beyond that the world is your oyster!

If you’re a Derby couple thinking about how to choose your first dance wedding song, then start by looking at the kind of music you listen to together, because everyone’s tastes can vary.

There’s no point having romantic slow music if heavy rock is your thing. Do you have a song which means something in particular to you as a couple? Brings back memories of a holiday or other happy occasion perhaps? An ‘Our Song’ if you like?

If the answer is no, then there’s plenty of inspiration out there too…

How about something completely different?

If you want something totally different and unusual, then how about learning an awesome dance routine as a couple, or even better, roping a few of the guests in for a flash mob to surprise everyone? Maybe the bridesmaids or groomsmen could put one together with the bride or groom to surprise the other half?

Yes, of course this has been done before, (just check out the awesome YouTube videos), but there’s no reason why you have to copy the same dance routines (necessarily), or use the same music and perform to the same standards of dancing. If you love a show, this can be a completely fabulous way to do a first dance!

Emotional and passionate can be the way

There’s also the option to bring some real meaning and love to proceedings, when you opt for wedding music which has beautiful lyrics about the kind of feelings you have for each other or, a romantic, sweet or sultry tone, such as with songs from artists such as Etta James and Norah Jones.

Not only can this make the first dance a really intimate and lovely moment for you to remember as a couple, but it’s a great way to show everyone out there how much in love you both really are.

Spotify Have a Few Wedding Song Stats!

With wedding music, there are some songs which have been played at weddings for what feels like centuries (and that’s for good reason, because they’re  lovely), but there are also some more modern, alternative tunes, which allow couples to personalise what is an iconic moment at a wedding. Check out some of our favourites:

  • A thousand years – Christina Perri
  • Happy – Pharrell Williams
  • Better together – Jack Johnson
  • Come away with me – Norah Jones
  • God gave me you – Blake Shelton
  • Everything – Michael Buble

And then, whether they came out last year, or years ago, these ones are definitely the more slow and romantic classics.

  • All of Me – John Legend
  • Thinking out loud – Ed Sheeran
  • Your Song – Elton John
  • Can’t help falling in love – Elvis Presley
  • Marry Me – Train
  • Make you feel my love – Adele

Put your own take on your food list too!

As well as making sure the music is right for your day, also take some time to get the food themes right, from the canapes at the start, through the wedding breakfast and up until the way you sustain the hard core late night revellers at the end.

There are so many options to choose from when you’re looking into wedding catering, so don’t ever settle for something that just isn’t you. Get in touch with us at Thomas Towers to find out more!