INSPIRATION - First Dance Song Ideas for Your Wedding Day, by GREEN UNION Partner, Bands For Hire

29th April 2019

I don't know about you, but the very idea of a first dance filled me with dread - it became a lot less daunting when we settled on a song that we both really loved (and one that was also mercifully short!)

In this feature, Adam Mezzatesta, founder of GREEN UNION partner, Bands for Hire, provides an extensive inspirational list of songs which might just help ease you fears and get you looking forward to your turn on the dancefloor!

Wedding First Dance Inspiration from GREEN UNION PARTNER Bands for HireChoosing your first dance can often be the source of much debate, unless of course you've shared a special song. Most couples tend to go for a classic love song, although I have had the pleasure of witnessing some first dances with a difference. On one occasion a care-free couple opted for a rocking Billy Brag number with some uninhibited bouncing around, as opposed to the classic 'spinning in a circle for three minutes'. With many years playing at weddings myself, I thought it was quite nice to see!

With programs such as Strictly Come Dancing, it's quite the trend these days to learn a few ballroom dance moves, (perhaps in secret to really make an impact). It's always a really great touch to get the guests on their feet and ready for some entertainment.

So if you're stuck for that perfect song, here are a few ideas to get you started:

Recent Popular First Dance Songs

•    Perfect - Ed Sheeran
•    All of Me - John Legend
•    A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
•    Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
•    Everything – Michael Buble
•    Marry You - Bruno Mars
•    Ho Hey - The Lumineers

My Generation

•    Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
•    One Day Like This – Elbow
•    You've Got the Love - Florence + the Machine
•    You and Me Song - The Wannadies
•    You Give Me Something - James Morrison
•    Drops Of Jupiter – Train
•    Better Together - Jack Johnson
•    Marry Me – Train
•    Songbird - Eva Cassidy
•    Greatest Day – Take That
•    I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
•    Make You Feel My Love - Adele / Bob Dylan
•    She's The One - Robbie Williams
•    Canonball - Damien Rice
•    You Give Me Something - James Morrrisons

Oldies But Goodies

•    Your Song - Elton John
•    Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
•    Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Andy Williams
•    The Way You Look Tonight - Rod Stewart
•    The First time Ever I Saw Your Face - Various Artists
•    Have I told you Lately – Van Morrison
•    All You Need is Love - The Beatles
•    Stand By Me - Ben E. King
•    It Must Be Love - Madness
•    Happy Together - The Turtles
•    Perfect Day - Lou Reed
•    Something - The Beatles
•    Move Closer - Phyllis Nelson
•    She - Elvis Costello
•    True Love Ways - Buddy Holly
•    Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
•    What a Wonderful World – Sam Cooke
•    You’re My Best Friend – Queen
•    God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
•    Extreme - More than Words
•    You're Still The One - Shania Twain

Movie Soundtracks

•    Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers (Ghost)
•    Up Where We Belong - Joe Cocker (An Officer and a Gentlemen)
•    (I’ve had) The Time of my Life – (Dirty Dancing)
•    I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston (The Bodyguard)
•    Everlasting Love (Love Affair)
•    When You Say Nothing At All - Ronan Keating (Notting Hill)
•    Grow Old With You - Adam Sandler (Wedding Singer)
•    Hungry Eyes - Eric Carmen (Dirty Dancing)
•    Iris - Goo Goo Dolls (City of Angels)
•    Can You Feel The Love Tonight - Elton John (Lion King)

Just For Fun!

•    I’ll Be There For You -The Rembrandts
•    Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
•    Best Day Of My Life – American Authors
•    Sister Sledge – We Are Family
•    I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
•    Maniac – BOF Flashdance
•    Let's Get it On - Marvin Gaye
•    I Can't Help Falling In Love - UB40

Crooner Classics and Timeless Hollywood Hits

•    Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonight
•    When I Fall in Love - Nat King Cole
•    My Funny Valentine - Frank Sinatra
•    L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole
•    La Vie En Rose - Louis Armstrong
•    Fly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra
•    I left my heart in San Francisco - Tony Bennett
•    Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
•    That's Amore - Dean Martin

Epic Love Songs

•    I Don't Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
•    Everlong - Foo Fighters
•    (Everything I Do) I Do It For You - Bryan Adams
•    Always – Bonjovi
•    Sky Full of Stars - Coldplay
•    When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge
•    November Rain - Guns 'n' Roses
•    Fix You - Coldplay

Pure Stilton

•    Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
•    Can't Fight this Feeling – REO Speedwagon
•    Amazed - Lonestar
•    You're Beautiful - James Blunt
•    It's All Coming Back To Me Now - Meatloaf

Too Cool For School

•    The Luckiest - Ben Folds
•    First Day of My Life - Bright Eyes
•    Sigur Rós - Hoppípolla
•    There is a Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths
•    Jose Gonzalez - Heartbeats
•    Death Cab for Cutie - I Will Follow You into the Dark
•    Pulp - Something Changed
•    You and Me – Lifehouse
•    Little Talks - Of Monsters and Men

Should the Band play the first dance?

Wedding First Dance Inspiration from GREEN UNION PARTNER Bands for HireSome bands will be happy to learn the first for free, whereas others may charge a fee. If you do decide you'd like the band to perform the first dance, it's usually best to kick in with their first set straight away afterwards. Bearing this in mind, it's often a good idea to delay the first dance slightly instead of bringing the bands first set forward. From a bands point of view, it's never nice to start to early in the evening - some guests may need a drink or two before committing to the dance floor, especially us men!

'So just how is a music and entertainment agency be eco-friendly?', you might ask. Well, in 2012 they became a paperless company, with absolutely 100% of our documents and records stored online. All invoices are sent by email, contracts are signed digitally using EchoSign, payments preferred by online banking, and all music and promo material accepted only by email. GREEN UNION are proud to partner with them, so please don't hesitate to check out Bands for Hire for your eco-friendly wedding!

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