Ah, the first dance – one of the most intimate and sweetest moments of the entire wedding day. If you’re one of the lucky ones, you’ll have already established a song that’s unofficially ‘yours’, but if you haven’t then picking a first dance song isn’t the easiest thing in the world. Do you opt for a timeless classic and keep it safe? Or do you go with something a little off beat and different? Whatever your preference, we’ve selected a few personal favourites to give you some inspiration for that all-important decision.
1. Etta James – At Last
This song needs no introduction. ‘At Last’ is a classic, feel good song that will leave your guests in tears.
2. Jack Johnson – Better Together
For something a little more upbeat yet romantic, Jack Johnson’s ‘Better Together’ is perfect, especially if you decide on a beach wedding.
3. Ben E King – Stand By Me
This is a truly timeless classic and will get everyone singing along by the final chorus.
4. Will Young – Your Love Is King
Originally by Sade, ‘Your Love Is King’ is the perfect jazz number, especially if you have a live band at your wedding reception.
5. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
A popular choice for many couples in 2015, this beautiful ballad has become a modern classic and ideal for that all-important bridal Waltz.
6. Leon Bridges – Coming Home
If you’re looking for a modern song that feels like an old classic ‘Coming Home’ by Leon Bridges is a great choice.
7. Enrique Iglesias – Hero
If you’re looking for a romantic (yet almost cheesy) ballad, this is the one for you. It’s the one song everyone forever loves (or loves to hate).
8. Ellie Goulding – Your Song
This rendition of Elton John’s 70s song is fit for any royal couple. After all, it was perfect for Prince William and Kate Middleton.
9. Eva Cassidy – Songbirds
This isn’t your standard Waltz or Fox Trot, but a simply beautiful first dance song sure to give all your guests goose bumps.
10. Frank Sinatra – The Way You Look Tonight
One of the best known Sinatra songs, this swing favourite will be sure to impress.