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First Dance


Ok so I’ll let you into a secret – one of my favourite games is playing guess the first dance. In fact, we’ve even been to a wedding where they had the guests do exactly this, from a vast selection on a board. If you’re still looking for that special song, here are a few to inspire, or to avoid, depending on your persuasion…


When thinking classic songs, it’s worth thinking of something your guests will know and love and will be around forever. Classics include songs like “Better Together” by Jack Johnston. A Thousand Years,” Christina Perri (from Twilight: Breaking Dawn) “You Got the Love” (Florence and the Machine) and Etta James “at Last”.

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For contemporary, bring it up to date with songs your family and friends are loving. It has to be one of those tunes that if it was on the radio in the car you’d turn it up and drive the long way home to hear it all… How about “Die A Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett? (apparently written with a first dance in mind), or Robbie Williams “I Love My Life” Or a modern classic – something everyone will sing along to like Coldplay’s “Sky Full of Stars”; Jess Glynn’s “Hold My Hand” or “Marry You” by Bruno Mars. Whatever you pick we say make the song your own and do it with style.


If the whole idea of picking a first dance song brings you out in a cold sweat, then we say don’t. Ask your band to play something of their choice. If you’ve a ceilidh band it could be a simple St Bernard’s Waltz. Or if you’re after a genuine feel good song for all, something like “Happy” by Pharrell Williams is always going to hit the mark.

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And how about any songs best avoided? Tee hee – we could have so much fun here (and so could you if you think your guests would find it funny) Perhaps ones to knock off the first dance playlist (just saying!) are “Shout out to My Ex” (Little Mix), “Road to Hell” (Chris Rea), “Dancing on My Own” (Calum Scott) and anything by Celine Dion (no – just no!)
If you’ve picked it already, we’d love to know what your first dance is going to be. And if you have a shortlist, then feel free to run it past us… Alie x