The First Dance selections from my 2018 weddings

The results are now in….the First Dance tracks chosen by my wedding couples during 2018 have finally been analysed and processed, and there’s some real surprises in there

2018 has been a year with really mixed weddings. Some have been all out “wedding music” (whatever that is?!), and some have opted for specific genres such as Rock or 90s pop. One wedding even went completely all-out on the cheese (yes….we’re talking Superman and Agadoo….but if that’s what the client wants….)

Unsurprisingly there’s no move at the top slot with Mr Sheeran’s “Perfect” which has been played at 25 of the 49 weddings I’ve entertained at this year! That said, most of the requests for that one were in the first half of the year….popularity for that particular track is falling sharply.

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Five couples opted not to have a first dance and instead go straight into the evening’s dancing….and that’s really not a problem. The first dance can be a frightening experience if you’re not one who likes being the centre of attention and I completely understand and respect that decision.

Songs such as Amazed by Lonestar and All of Me by John Legend have completely disappeared from my radar this year. In fact 2018 is the first year where Amazed hasn’t been requested as the first dance by at least one couple since it was released in 1999!

For the first time in 30 years I’ve had a waltz as the first dance (and to see the guests join in with that one was something else!). I’ve even had the ’90s classic Praise You by Fat Boy Slim, which resulted in a lot of arm waving on the dance floor during the first dance!

So, without further ado and in no particular order (well…apart from the first one), here are the first dances I’ve played at weddings in 2018

  • Ed Sheeran – Perfect
  • Power of Love – Jennifer Rush
  • Stand by Me – Ben E. King
  • When A Man Loves a Woman  – Percy Sledge
  • Blue Danube – Johann Strauss
  • You & Me Song – Wannadies
  • The Tightrope Song – Michelle Williams
  • I Have Nothing – Whitney Houston
  • Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
  • Praise You – Fatboy Slim (my personal favourite first dance of the year!)
  • Baby I’m Yours – Arctic Monkeys
  • Love Will Stand – Leading Ladies
  • Everything – Brian McKnight
  • I’ve Had (The Time of my Life) – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
  • Songbird – Fleetwood Mac
  • A Thousand Years – Christina Perri

As you can see….a real mixed bag. Some are the traditional slow songs, others….most definitely not!

Your first dance doesn’t have to be slow and slushy… can be anything you want it to be and I’m more than happy to work with you with whatever track you select!

What have couples chosen nationally?

I use a web based system called DJ Event Planner to provide customers with the planning tools needed for arranging different parts of their day, including making song requests. Each year, the people that write this software analyse the various requests entered and produce various charts, including a TOP 30 for the UK first dance selections.

This is what they found for 2018

1Ed SheeranPerfect
2KodalineThe One
3John LegendAll Of Me
4Ed SheeranThinking Out Loud
5Elvis PresleyCan’t Help Falling In Love
6James ArthurSay You Won’t Let Go
7Christina PerriA Thousand Years
8Etta JamesAt Last
9Ellie GouldingHow Long Will I Love You
10Ed SheeranTenerife Sea
11Ben E. KingStand By Me
13Al GreenLet’s Stay Together
14Jason MrazI Won’t Give Up
15LifehouseYou And Me
16Shania TwainFrom This Moment On
17Goo Goo DollsIris
18Kenny GSongbird
19Nathan SykesOver And Over Again
20Snow PatrolChasing Cars
21Michael BubleEverything
23Van MorrisonHave I Told You Lately
24Jack JohnsonBetter Together
25ShaiBaby I’m Yours
26AerosmithI Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
27Ed Sheeran with Andrea BocelliPerfect Symphony
28Adam SandlerGrow Old With You
29Elton JohnYour Song
30Shania TwainYou’re Still The One

So, hopefully some inspiration there for those who haven’t yet selected their first dance, or even some ideas  of what to avoid if you’re looking to use something different from everyone else.

Whatever your choice of first dance, I’d love to hear from you and help to make your perfect day just that little bit more special.

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