Our top 10 first dance songs

Choosing a song for the first dance is different for every couple. For some couple’s it can be as easy as saying that is our song, job done. For others it can be much more difficult, especially if you have different tastes in music.

There are literally a million songs you could choose to use for your first dance, although some are definitely more popular than others. Just for fun, we have a standing bet between us on what our couples first dance song will be. (Laurene is currently winning this by a country mile.)

Top 10 First Dance Songs

Some couples choose their song because it has a special meaning to them, fits with the theme of their wedding or simply because their favourite singer sings it. However, you make your decision, if you have booked a band for your wedding always have a chat with them to make sure that it’s something they have sang before or is something they are happy to learn before your wedding.

Everyone will have their own personal favourites but this is our top 10.

10.  Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - Over The Rainbow


This song is perfect for a summer wedding, everyone has heard it before as it's been featured in many movies. 


9. Etta James, At Last


A true wedding classic, this one is a surefire crowd favourite.


8. Christina Perri - A Thousand Years


Halfway between a pop song and a full on power ballad, a thousand years is a good choice for those who want to get a bit more energetic on the dance floor.


7. Michael Bublé - Everything


Michael Bublé is not just for Christmas! This is another that is fast becoming a wedding classic, everyone loves Michael Bublé


6. Bruno Mars - Marry You


The perfect choice for those who want to get their wedding party involved in your fast dance.


5. Adele - Make You Feel My Love


While this song has been covered by many artists, Adele's version is far and away the most popular choice for those who want to use this song for their first dance.


4. Lonestar - Amazed


No list of first dance songs would be complete without including this, the ultimate wedding power ballad.


3. Charlene Soraia - Wherever You Will Go


Needs no explanation for it's inclusion in our list, a beautiful love song.


2. John Legend - All of Me


This was last year's big wedding song and remains a popular choice this year too.


1. Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud


Far and away Ed Sheeran's, thinking out loud is the song we hear the most at weddings we have photographed. It is a popular choice for a reason!


Father Daughter Dance

After the first dance what's next? Many brides choose to share a dance with their Dad. These two songs are favourites of ours if you decide to share a dance with your Dad on your wedding day.

Bob Carlisle - Butterfly Kisses


There won't be a dry eye in the house if you decide to play this one!


Heartland - I loved her first


A country classic that needs no explanation.


When you take to the dancefloor for your first dance everyone will be watching, including us if you chosen to book Pure Photo N.I as your Northern Ireland wedding photographer. Whatever your song choice, the most important thing is that you have fun and enjoy it!