“the birds sing a song as if they’re singing to me, that’s when i know you’ve around”

-donavon frankenreiter 2004

52 first dance songs

Kent wedding photographer photography bride groom Tenterden Ashford

Your ceremony seems like a distant memory already. you’ve eaten good food. Your nearest and dearest have said beautiful words to you. And the party is coming.

The first dance is your chance to have a special moment, to be in love and together, soundtracked by ‘that’ song that you’ll remember for your lifetimes. Wow! That’s a lot of pressure to put on a few minutes of music. So where do you start?!

Well if you hadn’t guessed already, music plays a pretty big part of my life, and I’ve also been to quite a few weddings! So never fear, your knight (or photographer) in shining armour (or Cloverlily camera harness) is here to help….

There’s no hard or fast rules, but generally the first dance comes after eating and before your guests start throwing their own unique and crazy shapes on the dance floor.  Some couples hold each other close, some have dancing lessons and some even organise a flash dance. Whatever you choose to do, it’s great for me to photograph, and as long as you get your moment in the spotlight and the attention you deserve on your wedding day, great! It’s all about you.

You might already have ‘your song’ from the time you first met, the first kiss, the first “I love you”; and if you don’t, that’s fine, because I can help.

Below you’ll find a list of 52 (because it’s divisible by the lucky 13!) ideas. The possibilities are endless, but these will hopefully give you a starting point! Even if you don’t pick any, but find a song you haven’t heard before and love, that’s just as much as a win for me! Listen and enjoy….




something slow and smoochy…





Andy Williams-Moon River

Etta James-At Last

Jimi Hendrix-Little Wing

Fleetwood Mac-Songbird

Loggins & Messina-Danny’s Song

Bright Eyes-First Day of my Life

Elton John-Your Song

Bob Dylan-Make You Feel My Love

Paul Weller-You do Something to me

Frank Sinatra-the way you look tonight

Elvis Presley-The wonder of you

Ben E King-stand by me

Frankie Goes to Hollywood-The Power of Love

Primal Scream-Movin’ On Up

Thin Lizzy-Dancing In The Moonlight

The Wannadies-You and Me Song

Bruno Mars-24k Magic

The Police-Every little thing she does is magic

Stevie Wonder-for once in my life

The Monkees-I’m a believer

Rick Astley-Never gonna give you up

Marvin Gaye-How sweet it is (to be loved by you)

Counting crowes-accidentally in love

The cure-the lovecats 

Dexys midnight runners-Jackie Wilson said(I’m in heaven when you smile)

Frankie Valli-Can’t take my eyes off of you





something fast and dancy…








something a little less conventional…




Pixies-Here Comes Your Man

The Flaming Lips-Do You Realise?

Inner Circle-Sweat (A La La La Long)

Led Zeppelin-thank you

The Beatles-Real Love

Talking Heads-This must be the place

Jeff Buckley-everybody here wants you

Inxs-never tear us apart

Red hot Chili peppers-hard to concentrate

Hundred Reasons-if I could

The Darkness-I believe in a thing called love

The smashing pumpkins-tonight, tonight

Head automatica-beating heart baby

Bon Iver-re:Stacks

Father John Misty-Real Love Baby

Iron & Wine-My Lady’s house

Damien Jurado-Newspaper Gown

The Mountain Goats-riches and wonders

Keaton Henson-Metaphors

Neutral milk hotel-in the aeroplane over the sea

Ocie Elliot-Be around

Natalie Evans-better at night

Devendra Barnhart-won’t you come over

The tallest man on earth-Love is all

Sigur ros-Hoppipolla






something you may not have heard before…




just for you, I’ve put all the songs into a Spotify playlist that you can find here!

happy song hunting for your…




Kent wedding photographer photography bride groom Tenterden Ashford