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The perfect love story: All time favourite first dance songs

It’s one of the most anticipated parts of a wedding day – the first dance as a married couple. But what song can authentically capture the day, the love and the future life that you will share together? Here at The Beautiful Tent Company, we’re hopeless romantics, so we’ve created a playlist of some of the all time first dance favourites, and a few quirky ones, for a little inspiration…


The British fall in love with their favourites

In a recent survey conducted by the Evening Standard, ahead of the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex earlier this year, the British public revealed their favourite wedding songs.

When it came to the first dance in particular, Elvis Presley’s ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love With You’ came out on top and over 69 percent of the nation agreed that couples who listen to music together, stay together.

Individuals also chose the hit ‘(Everything I do) I do It For You’ by Bryan Adams as a firm favourite, as well as Eric Clapton’s ‘Wonderful Tonight’. This proves that the old ones are still the best ones when it comes to all time first dance favourites, with modern melodies still in the running to take stop spots on the big day.

As for this, we’ve tailored a playlist to suit every wedding theme with our take on all time favourite dance songs for the perfect love story below:


Old yet gold!

It has to be said, Elton John produced and performed some of the most memorable love songs of the 20th Century – ‘Your Song’ has been covered by the likes of Ellie Goulding and continues to remain a popular choice. Other hits such as: ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’, ‘The One’ and ‘Tiny Dancer’ are also favourites at the reception, marking the start of a lifetime of love and happiness.

Regardless of where your reception is to be held, whether it be in a luxury wedding marquee or a lavish manor house, your first dance will be remembered forever and captured for all to see. As the survey mentioned, half of the British public “confirmed the songs they chose for their first dance made their big day feel more special.”


A modern day love story

Fast-forwarding to the 21st century, modern day first dance routines incorporate a mashup of songs and dance moves. Viral videos such as the one below are circulating the internet with couples performing the most creative choreography:


We can’t wait to see what the future holds when it comes to performing your first dance!


The Beautiful Tent Company

We facilitate weddings celebrations with beautiful tents for weddings, as well as marquees and extras that you may need for the big day. Our unique designs allow you to enjoy your day and first dance with plenty of space.

If you want to learn more about a marquee wedding, call or email today for more information, we’d love to chat with you about the direction of your big day.

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