The perfect song for the first dance isn’t always an easy choice. You might be one of those couples that has THE song that has been playing in your head on repeat since your first year together, but you might have also grown out of “our song”. Maybe it just doesn’t feel right for your first dance as husband and wife. You might also be one of those couples that never really associated a song with your relationship. 

Whatever the struggle, I’ve hopefully got you covered with this fantastic list of first dance songs. After being to countless weddings as a photographer, here are some timeless and unique choices for your first dance as husband and wife.

Just remember, you can also customise these songs to suit your wedding. If you’re having a band or DJ, they can definitely put a unique spin on things – and a great band can really do just about anything with a song (from making it acoustic to tweaking the words, you can guarantee having a perfect and unique first dance song for your day). You could also play just part of the song and transition into another great song to really get the party started if slow jamming alone on the dance floor isn’t your thang.

And as a quick bonus tip before we get started, if you really love some of these songs, add them to a playlist for when you are getting ready the day of your wedding! For more of my best advice on having a smashing good time on your wedding day, check out this post. 

Love song by Elle Limebear

Two by Sleeping at Last

Inevitable by Anberlin

These arms of mine by Otis Redding

You Got It by Roy Orbison

Hold you in my arms by Ray Lamontague

The Wedding Song by Angus & Julia Stone

That’s how strong my love is by Otis Redding

Can’t help falling in love with you (Cover) by Kina Grannis

With You by Tim Hampering

Come what may by Moulin Rouge

Something Just like this by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

Baby I’m Yours by Arctic Monkeys

Hooked on a feeling by Blue Swede

The one by Kodaline

forever starts today by Tim Halperin

That love by Shaggy

I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz

You’re my best friend by Queen

At Last by Etta James

Just you and I by Tom Walker

I believe in a thing called love by The Darkness

How long will I love you by Ellie Goulding

Stay beside me by Darrel Higham

I’m Alive by Imelda May

I get to love by Ruelle

You decorated my life by Kenny Rogers

Paris by The Chainsmokers

make you feel my love by ortoPilot

Must be love by Madness

Perfect by Ed Sheeran

You Are The Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne

I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith

(Everything I Do) I Do it for You by Bryan Adams

Kiss Me by Ed Sheeran

Ho Hey by The Lumineers

You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker

Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers

All of Me by John Legend

Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

Everything by Michael Bublé

Crazy in love (Beyonce cover) by Sofia Karlberg

I’ll be around by Garrett Kato

Better Together by Jack Johnson

Stand by Me by Ben E. King

First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes

The Luckiest by Ben Folds

Let’s Stay Together by Al Green

Marry You by Bruno Mars

Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran

The very thought of you by Nat King Cole

Adore You by Miley Cyrus

Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap

Brighter Than Sunshine by Aqualung

Maps by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

You and I by Ingrid Michaelson

There Will Be Time by Mumford & Sons

Come Rain or Come Shine by Ray Charles

I’m so in Love with You by Jill Andrews (feat. Seth Avett)

Mess is Mine by Vance Joy

Stand By Me (Cover) by Florence + The Machine

Ingrid Michaelson – Can’t Help Falling In Love

Latch (Acoustic) by Sam Smith

Halo by Beyoncé

I doesn’t get better than this by Joy Williams

forever starts today by Tim Halperin

I get to love by Ruelle

I was made for lovin’ you by Tori Kelly

Sweetest thing by Allan Brown

Love never felt so good by Michael Jackson

Can’t stop the feeling by Justin Timberlake

The way you make me feel by Michael Jackson

Shape of you ed Sheeran

Never too much by Luther Vandross

Just Can’t Get Enough by Depeche Mode