The First Dance

Hi All,

Wow a sudden Autumnal heatwave, I bet all the brides who booked to have early October weddings think all their Christmases have come at once. Long may it continue – we love the sunshine here at Bridal Reloved HQ. Any excuse to drag the laptop out into the garden and soak up the final rays of sunshine for this year.

I was having a chat with a friend of mine recently and the conversation turned to music, specifically songs people use for special occasions and why sometimes there is a real lack of originality in the songs that are chosen. I’ve been to many a wedding where the first dance was ‘Let’s Stay Together’, by Al Green. This got me thinking – is the pressure of having a good song too much to deal with so people go for the safer, tried and tested options in order to avoid disappointment?

If you do a quick Google search for ‘first dance songs’, you’ll get the usual suspects that keep on cropping up across most of the lists. Al Green as mentioned above, as well as ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’ from Aerosmith, ‘You’re My First, My Last My Everything’, from Barry White and ‘At Last’, by Etta James. Don’t get me wrong I agree that all of these songs are classics, and if you are having one of these songs then it’s obviously something that is personal to the two of you as a couple, but I’ve been doing a little aural investigating and found some amazing tracks that could elevate your first dance from lovely to amazing.

The first one I had to put in this list was ‘Nobody Does It Better.’ Now even if you go for the original Carly Simon version you are onto a sure fire winner, but the version I love the most is one I came across when I was alerted to it by a friend of mine who’d heard it on Radio 2. It was sung live in the studio by Sophie Ellis Bextor, and I have to say it was completely spine-tingling. Unfortunately it’s not available for download, however the folks at Radio 2 did put it on their YouTube channel. Have a listen – I promise you will love it.


Number two on my list is ‘How Long Will I Love You’. This was originally recorded by the The Waterboys, but the version I love is by Ellie Goulding. The lyrics are effortlessly simple, yet they perfectly capture the essence of wanting to be with someone for the rest of your life. I’ve seen a lovely couple perform their first dance to this, it genuinely looked like they had no idea that nearly 300 people were watching them float around the dance floor. In that moment, it was just the two of them and nobody else existed. They both said that it was at that point they both were able to take a beat in each other’s arms, look around and take in the wonder of their special day. What a lovely flashback that will be in years to come.


The third and final one in my top three is ‘Lego House’ by Ed Sheeran. I love this song for what it says, that sometimes things won’t always go right, but it doesn’t mean you give up, you just try it another way. I mean, that’s what marriage entails really, a lot of working things out together, a lot of trial and error but at the end of it just a lot of love. I think it could capture the sentiment of the day perfectly.


When it comes down to it, it’s all very well me sitting here and waxing lyrical about what I love, but in truth it’s about how you feel as a couple. You might want a more up-tempo number that everyone can join in with, or you might not want to have the spotlight on you at all. The key thing here is picking something that defines you as a couple. You can have whatever you like, and if it is ‘Let’s Stay Together’, then that is fine too. What matters is, that you picked it because it spoke to you.

What are your suggestions – drop me a line and let me know. In a few months I’ll put together a compilation list for everyone to use as inspiration. Remember if you don’t want to miss my blog, sign up and subscribe and you’ll get an email alerting you to a new one when I’ve posted. Alternatively tweet me with your suggestions @ZBridalReloved

Speak soon.

Zarina xx

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