The UK’s favourite wedding first dance songs

Next to the bride’s wedding dress and the colour theme of the wedding, one of the biggest questions facing a couple getting married is their choice of music. We’re not just talking about the wedding service itself, although the choice of hymns or other musical interludes during the ceremony all have their part to play in creating a day to remember.

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The first dance

No, the question on everyone’s lips is saved for the wedding reception, after the wedding breakfast and the speeches have taken place, as the DJ or band prepare to get everyone dancing, is what song will the happy couple choose for their first dance together?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s recent wedding brought the subject to the forefront, as pundits clamoured to guess which piece of music they would select as they embarked on their lives together. According to The Telegraph, the happy couple chose Whitney Houston’s classic “I Want To Dance With Somebody” to sway around the dancefloor to, which caused some raised eyebrows as it’s not renowned for being first dance material, but it’s known to be one of Meghan’s favourite songs, so perhaps it’s not so surprising after all.

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Top favourites

The first dance is traditionally a time when couples make a statement about their feelings for each other, so it’s a particularly emotional and poignant moment in their big day. This is something that most wedding photographers are only too aware of, with Kent wedding photographer, Tyler Made Photography (, including the first dance in both budget and premium wedding packages.

So what is the nation’s favourite song for couples embarking on their lives together? Depending on who you ask, the answer is either “Can’t Help Falling In Love” performed by Elvis Presley, or “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. Other popular choices include “Everything I Do, I Do It For You” by Bryan Adams, “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton and “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers.

“At Last” by Etta James speaks of brides who feel they have waited a long time for this moment in their lives to arrive, along with “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz. But as you might expect, every song that appears on a list of first dances speaks of happiness, love and fulfilment, which is, after all, the point of the wedding day.


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