20 First Dance Songs to Make Your UK Wedding Unforgettable

Ah, the first dance. It's a picture-perfect moment where you and your new spouse steal the spotlight, surrounded by loved ones, to celebrate the start of your forever journey. But with so many incredible songs out there, choosing the one can feel daunting. Fear not, lovebirds! We've curated the UK's top 20 first dance songs, blending timeless classics with modern hits, to give you some inspiration.



Classic Romantics:


  1. At Last - Etta James: This legendary Etta James ballad is a wedding staple for a reason. Its powerful vocals and heartfelt message of finally finding "the one" create a truly magical moment.
  2. Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley: Swoon-worthy and timeless, Elvis's sweet serenade is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser for all ages.
  3. Your Song - Elton John: A beautiful declaration of love in a stripped-down melody, "Your Song" by Elton John is perfect for a sentimental first dance that speaks volumes.
  4. Let's Stay Together - Al Green: This soulful anthem by Al Green is a feel-good choice that'll get guests swaying and singing along, setting a joyous mood.
  5. Stand By Me - Ben E. King: A timeless message of unwavering devotion, "Stand By Me" is a comforting and reassuring choice, reminding everyone of the strength of your bond.


Modern Love Songs:


  1. Baby I'm Yours - Arctic Monkeys: This unexpected choice from the Arctic Monkeys injects a cool, contemporary vibe into your first dance, showcasing your unique style as a couple.
  2. Just You And I - Tom Walker: A sweet and sentimental ballad, "Just You And I" by Tom Walker perfectly expresses the deep connection you share.
  3. All Of Me - John Legend: This soulful declaration by John Legend is a popular choice for its powerful vocals and romantic lyrics, making it a truly unforgettable experience.
  4. A Thousand Years - Christina Perri: For couples wanting a dramatic and emotional first dance, this soaring ballad by Christina Perri is a popular choice that will leave a lasting impression.
  5. Better Half Of Me - Tom Walker: Another sweet choice by Tom Walker, "Better Half Of Me" is a lovely tribute to your newfound partnership, highlighting the joy of finding your perfect match.


Crowd-Pleasing Classics:


  1. Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Andy Williams: This upbeat and catchy classic by Andy Williams is a fun choice for a lively first dance that'll get everyone on their feet.
  2. Grow Old With Me - Tom Odell: A heartwarming and optimistic choice, "Grow Old With Me" by Tom Odell is perfect for couples looking forward to a lifetime of love and shared adventures.
  3. Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur: This modern love song by James Arthur is a popular choice for its sweet melody and relatable lyrics, creating a heartwarming moment.
  4. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol: This emotional ballad by Snow Patrol is a great choice for couples who want a more dramatic first dance, filled with powerful emotions.
  5. I Won't Give Up - Jason Mraz: A feel-good and optimistic choice, "I Won't Give Up" by Jason Mraz is a great way to showcase your unwavering commitment to each other, setting a positive tone for your future.


Bonus Picks:


  1. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) - Natalie Cole: A classic soul song with a timeless message, "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" by Natalie Cole is a beautiful and elegant choice for your first dance.
  2. Perfect - Ed Sheeran: A modern love song by the ever-popular Ed Sheeran, "Perfect" is a sweet and sentimental choice for your first dance, celebrating your love story.
  3. Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran: Another Ed Sheeran hit, "Thinking Out Loud" is an upbeat and romantic choice for a fun first dance that'll have you lost in each other's arms.
  4. Make You Feel My Love - Adele: This powerful ballad by Adele is a great choice for couples who want a show-stopping first dance. Let your love story unfold through Adele's incredible vocals.
  5. Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe - Barry White: A smooth and sultry classic by Barry White, "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe" is a perfect choice for a more intimate first dance, creating a romantic and unforgettable moment.


Now that you've found the perfect song for your first dance, it's time to make your wedding reception a dream come true!


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