Best Wedding First Dance Songs 2014

Wow what a year it has been! Where has the year gone?! We’ve been honoured to provide the entertainment at some gorgeous Weddings in 2014 and seems some great ideas, inspiration and memories created.

Each Wedding has its own style and taste but quite often the songs that get played can become quite popular and played at many different Weddings and the First Dance is one of those where the song is vitally important…whether it’s a popular song, fun song, lyrics that mean something special to the couple or one that really just sounds quite nice.

Here’s our round up of the top 10 Wedding First Dance songs 2014 that we’ve played throughout the year!

1) John Legend – All Of Me

2) The Lumineers – Hey Ho

3) Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight

4) Jason Mraz feat. Colbie Caillat – Lucky

5) Ellie Goulding – How Long Will I Love You

6) Michael Buble – Everything

7) Jason Mraz – I Won’t Give Up

8) Beyonce – Xo

9) Van Morrison – Have I Told You Lately?

10) Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

John Legend Popular Wedding Song

John Legend is a man who has been around a while. He was born in 1978 and has collaborated with some of music’s biggest stars including Kanye West, Jay-Z, Britney Spears, Alicia Keys and more. He’s won 9 Grammy Awards. He’s been behind a few songs…none of which have been really massive hits.

His latest single All Of Me has been a massive hit on NZ radio and no doubt gained momentum when he performed in Auckland at Vector Arena as the warm up act for Alicia Keys. The song is actually a dedication to his wife Chrissy Teigen.

His song also seems to be striking the right chord at Weddings in the last couple of months with the song requested by bride & grooms for their First Dance song or one of the songs featured in the Ceremony. Even Jon Dolan of Rolling Stone called the song a “mountainous piano crusher.”

With a chorus like this…how could you not think this is one of 2014’s most appropriate songs for any Wedding…

‘Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I’m winning
‘Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, oh



Top 20 Wedding First Dance Songs 2013

What were the top 20 Wedding First Dance Songs in 2013? It’s one of those parts of the Wedding that can be the hardest…trying to work out (and agree) on what song should be the newly married couple’s first dance together as husband and wife. Here is what we found to be the most requested Wedding first dance songs of 2013.

Top 20 Wedding First Dance Songs 2013
1. Jason Mraz – I Won’t Give Up
2. Etta James – At Last
3. Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
4. Christina Perri – A Thousand Years
5. Jack Johnson – Better Together
6. Jason Mraz and Colbie Callait – Lucky
7. Train – Marry Me
8. Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight
9. Florence and The Machine – You Got The Love
10. Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling In Love
11. Lonestar – Amazed
12. Michael Bublé – Everything
13. The Lumineers – Hey Ho
14. Adele – Make You Feel My Love
15. James Taylor – How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
16. Bruno Mars – Marry You
17. Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
18. Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight
19. Ed Sheeran – Kiss Me
20. Lifehouse – You and Me

The Number 1 song of 2013 – Jason Mraz “I Won’t Give Up”

Top 20 Garter Toss Wedding Songs

Top 20 Garter Toss Wedding Songs: Choosing a song for the Garter Toss at your Wedding (one of the traditional parts of the night) can be hard and choosing the right song can make it perfect. With any Wedding there’s a number of elements requiring a special song and choosing a garter toss song is also one of those…yet choosing the right song can be a lot harder than any one may think.

Garter toss songs don’t tend to be a song that is very serious or romantic (like the other songs you have at a Wedding) but getting one that fits the mood and the tradition of a garter toss is also quite important.

We’ve put together a list of the most popular top 20 Garter Toss Wedding Songs to help make that decision a little easier. Any of these your favourite?

Top 20 Garter Toss Wedding Songs:

1) Queen – Another One Bites The Dust
2) Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On
3) ZZ Top – Legs
4) Nelly – Hot In Herre
5) Yello – Oh Yeah
6) Jimmy Hendrix – Foxy Lady
7) Clayton, Adam & Larry Mullen – Theme From Mission: Impossible
8) Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me
9) Joe Cocker – You Can Leave Your Hat On
10) Warrant – Cherry Pie
11) Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone
12) M.C. Hammer – U Can’t Touch This
13) Hot Chocolate – You Sexy Thing
14) Van Halen – Hot For Teacher
15) AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long
16) Justin Timberlake – Sexyback
17) Right Said Fred – I’m Too Sexy
18) Flo Rida – Right Round
19) Salt-N-Peppa – Whatta Man
20) Jay-Z Feat. Ugk – Big Pimpin’

Photography by Craig Mitchelldyer

10 Ways To Keep Them Dancing

There’s a few things you can do when planning your event/Wedding to ensure everyone gets up and puts on their dancing shoes. Here’s 10 ways to help get them up and keep them dancing all night long!

1) Set The Mood Early
The cocktail hour is a good time to get the party going. Consider hiring specialty performers; a mariachi band will energise the crowd following the ceremony and get your guests in the mood to celebrate. Other ideas: a jazz trio, bluegrass group or even a barbershop quartet. The point is, just make sure your guests aren’t noshing in silence.

2) Make Sure There’s Enough Space On The Dance Floor
Small dance floors are too cramped and big ones make people too self-conscious. A good rule of thumb: There should be at least three square feet of dance floor space for every two guests. So, if you have 150 guests, you would need a 15′ x 15′ dance floor; 200 guests would be about an 18′ x 18′ area; 400 guests calls for about 25′ x 25′ of space. Ask your reception site about adding on extra flooring if the standard seems too small (you party animal, you).

3) Align Your Seating Chart
Seat friends and family who love to dance closest to the dance floor. They’ll be more likely to get up and start grooving early if there’s easy access. And once they’re out there, others will be sure to follow. As for your more elderly guests, do them a favour and keep them away from the speakers. They’ll appreciate it!

4) Skip The iPod Idea
You may have the most genius playlist in mind, but there’s a reason why DJs and bands are so common at weddings—they are there to read, interact and adjust to your crowd’s mood throughout the evening and to make sure everyone is dancing and having a good time (so you don’t have to). Besides, do you really want a friend or family member getting up to grab the microphone all night to announce your cake cutting and bouquet toss? Didn’t think so.

5) Don’t Limit The Genre
Even if you both truly love indie rock, there’s a good percentage of your guests who probably haven’t heard of Modest Mouse and won’t appreciate it like you will. A playlist made up entirely of ’80s dance music, rap or country is the same story. Don’t get us wrong: Including your favourite genre at your wedding is fine (in fact, you should!) but do so in moderation.

Musical Note: Your wedding is a celebration of your relationship—one that probably involves music—but it’s also a time to share with your extended family. Keep them in mind when developing your playlist. Throw grandparents a nod with Frank Sinatra and give your aunts and uncles a chance to dance to a little “We Are Family.” Seeing them enjoy the night will be well worth a little Sister Sledge.

6) Make Music Interactive
Let guests in on the fun by allowing them to request songs via the RSVP card. Or set up a poll on your wedding website and ask everyone to vote on your first dance song or the last song of the evening. You’ll have everyone looking forward to the voters’ choice song reveal.

7) Create A (Short) Do-Not-Play List
There’s no bigger dance floor turnoff than hearing your least favourite song. (Did someone say “Chicken Dance?”) Put together a short list of please-don’t-play songs for your DJ or band.

8) Keep The First Dance Brief
You may have fallen in love listening to “Free Bird,” but imagine how long nine minutes and eight seconds will feel alone on the dance floor. (And if it’s dragging for you, imagine how your guests will feel!) Pay careful attention to your favourite song’s length before committing to it for your first dance. Same goes for those mother-son and father-daughter dances.

9) Keep Things Exciting
Give guests a treat they won’t expect by introducing a never-seen-that-before act. Think hip-hop dancers, break dancers or flamenco dancers. Time it right so that they make their entrance just as the toasts are wrapping up to get all your guests back up and moving on the dance floor and out of their food coma.

10) Get Out There And Dance!
Set an example for everyone by getting your newly married butts out there as soon as the dance floor opens up for the evening. Your guests will notice and be more likely to join you when they see how much fun you’re having.

Source: The Knot Australia
Image Source: Photography by Craig Mitchelldyer

Most Requested Wedding First Dance Songs 2012

Picking the one song as your First Dance Song at your Wedding that you dance to as Husband and Wife for the first time can be quite a daunting task. The First Dance is one of the most anticipated moments at any Wedding.

Below is a list of songs that are currently the Top 10 Wedding First Dance Songs of 2012 so far this year. This may help you choose yours…

  1. Marry You – Bruno Mars
  2. Lego House – Ed Sheeran
  3. Lovesong – Adele
  4. Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars
  5. You Got the Love – Florence and the Machine
  6. Love on Top – Beyonce
  7. Everything – Michael Bublé
  8. Dance with Me Tonight – Ollie Murs
  9. I Won’t Let You Go – James Morrison
  10. Nothing’s Real But Love – Rebecca Ferguson