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15 Popular First Dance Songs to Get You Started

The first dance is a pivotal moment in your ceremony. You’ve exchanged your vows at the altar, shared a kiss in front of your nearest and dearest, cut the first slice into your beautiful cake, and now, before all your friends and family finally let loose and party down, you’ve got one more opportunity to thrust your love into the spotlight. So you’re going to need a song that summarises all of these things and more, not to mention one that you both enjoy.

With every other song in music’s vast back catalogue being a love song, it can be tricky to know where to begin. It will, of course, be a far more special moment for you both if you and your beloved have chosen a song together that means something particular about your relationship. It could be a song from the first movie you watched together, or one that was playing in the background on your first dinner date, or a song that just reminds you of one another – whatever the reason, the two of you will have much fonder memories of your first dance if it’s to a song that’s of some significance.

But, for a myriad of reasons – like, if the run up to your wedding becomes a little too hectic, or if you simply have too many favourite songs between you to choose from – a list such as this may come as a relief. We do tend to notice trends in this business, and even if these suggestions aren’t quite your cup of tea, they may well help to spark off some ideas. At any rate, at the time of writing, these are some of the most popular first dance numbers from our wedding bands and musicians:

1. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Cast all doubt aside – your gentle, slightly reggae-flavoured moment is here, courtesy of Mr Mraz! These playfully romantic lyrics would be a lovely follow up to your vows and best man’s speeches.

2. Iris – Goo Goo Dolls
This may have been a one-hit-wonder for these 90s alt-rockers, but it hits pretty hard. For a swaying song with a rock-tinted edge, you can do no better.

3. At Last – Etta James
An enduring classic, these soulful jazz vocals sit perfectly over a wistful dreamscape of music. Celebrate finally finding your soulmate in style with Miss Peaches herself!

4. Wherever You Will Go – Charlene Soraia
Swapping out the guitars for tentative piano, this cover brings a new tenderness to the Calling’s monster hit, and its catchy chorus promises to make this moment unforgettable.

5. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
The Twilight film franchise may have divided the opinions of cinema-goers, but it’s hard to deny the power behind this song’s message. Undying love that stretches across millennia isn’t just for vampires.

6. Perfect – Ed Sheeran
A study conducted by VoucherCodesPro showed that an estimated 1 in 7 couples would tie the knot to a song penned by this lovable redhead, and this schmaltzy modern take on 50s love songs goes some way to explain why.

7. Halo – Beyonce
A confession of vulnerability from a figure as strong and independent as Queen Bee is all the more meaningful, especially as it’s a vulnerability rooted in love. A pop ballad as powerful as this is really going to highlight to you both how important you are to each other.

8. Toothpaste Kisses – Maccabees
A celebration of the minutiae that make our relationships unique, this is an upbeat indie alternative to the more pop-orientated choices.

9. The Luckiest – Ben Folds
A simple, quirky piano ballad, reminiscent of a modern Disney song, inviting you sway lovingly before each other whilst appreciating how fortunate you both are that things turned out this way.

10. Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
This ubiquitous 2000s track creates a moment where everything else ceases to matter – it’s just you and your beloved. And when that chorus kicks in, everyone in the room will be reaching for the nearest dance partner.

11. I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Frankie Valli
This classic has everything – key changes, sing-along-able horns and a chorus to floor them all. Could you be any more frank with lyrics like ‘I love you baby’? Be sure to also check out Lauryn Hill’s fantastic cover for an updated, RnB feel.

12. All of Me – John Legend
The legendary purveyor of love songs strikes again! There won’t be a dry eye in the house as you dance with the partner you love with your entire being, down to the last atom.

13. Amazed – Lonestar
A well-timed left turn from these Country & Western darlings gave us this 90s gem – an ideal sentiment to share with the one you want to spend the rest of your life with.

14. I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
This power ballad had us all weeping in Armageddon, and that wasn’t just because the world was coming to an end. Far from it, in fact: this song’s lilting tempo wraps us in a blanket of devotion that seems to last forever.

15. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Here he is again! Good old Ed’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser, as his position at the top of every popular first dance song choices list would suggest, and Thinking Out Loud’s romantic music video proves that this earnest, mid-tempo ode to growing old together is destined to be the soundtrack of countless weddings to come.

5 Reasons Why a Saxophonist is Perfect for Your Wedding Entertainment

5 Reasons Why a Saxophonist is Perfect for Your Wedding Entertainment

Saxophonists are becoming increasingly popular when couples are looking for some live music and wedding entertainment to enhance their day. Here are 5 reasons why a saxophonist is the perfect addition to your live wedding entertainment.

Unique Entertainment

The saxophone is an amazing instrument and it’s unlikely that guests will have seen it played live many times before. Brides and grooms these days want to stand out and have something different at their weddings. Mixing up your live music is a great way to do this and a saxophone is sure to make an impact.

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Effortlessly Cool

In the right hands, the saxophone is undeniably cool in both look and sound. It’s smooth tones and sophisticated ambience can do wonders for your wedding day. As soon as your saxophonist starts to perform it will set the tone immediately.

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Versatile

A saxophonist can perform anywhere and at any time. Seriously. They are one of the most versatile wedding musicians around especially as they are able to mix and mingle with your guests on the dance floor whilst performing live simultaneously. They also work for any part of the day whether it’s your ceremony, drinks reception or evening entertainment!

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Affordable Wedding Entertainment

Booking a solo musician is beneficial in more ways than one. When it comes to saxophonists they are definitely one of the more affordable options. If you’re on a budget but still want to make an impact with your live music then you can’t go wrong with a saxophonist.

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Bigger Line-Ups

Saxophonists are incredible as solo musicians but are taken to the next level when paired with other musicians. The combination of Sax, DJ & Percussion has proved very popular recently with couples wanting that ‘Ibiza’ club feel on their night. Add LED saxophone options to this and your wedding will be a night to remember…

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Article by Joey Burdon of Warble Entertainment

5 Best Bridesmaid Gifts for Your Winter Themed Wedding

A winter wedding is a magical affair. Full of white, bright, decorations and benefitting from all of the Christmas cheer that people can’t help but indulge in. Which means that you need magical gifts to accompany it.

With that in mind, what are the best gifts you could get your friends for standing by your side on this special occasion? And how can you add a little winter magic into the mix?

1) Monogrammed

What you monogram depends on your preference and the interests of your bridesmaids. However, the truth is that something with a little personal initialed touch feels more personal.

This can have an extra magically winter touch by using winter-themed items to monogram. Such as hats, scarves and even mittens. The best part is creating a gift that your bridesmaids will love to use for years to come, making your wedding a warm memory every time they use the item. And every time you see them in it there’s the extra warm fuzzy feeling bonus for you as well. e

2) Personalised Gift Bag

This is a better idea if you only have a handful of bridesmaids, but it can be one of the most special bridesmaid’s gifts that you ever give. It helps to showcase your knowledge of the person and make them feel truly special.

Unique Christmas tree decorations, personalised cards and even a snow globe depicting their favourite movie. The sky’s the limit when it comes to your personalised bag, as well as just how well you know her after all. If you want a truly personal feel, then, it might be worthwhile to even craft your own gifts – adding an extra touch of love to the bag.

On a day all about you, making them feel like the most important person there can be a nice extra touch.

3) Chocolate

A set of luxury chocolate can be exactly what a bridesmaid needs at the end of a long wedding. With extra points for a warm and indulging set of hot chocolate, perfect to bring back the warmth after a winter wedding. Just think, it’s a naughty trip away from their regular diet and a great treat to say thank you for all their hard work.

After all, who doesn’t love chocolate?

4) A Charm Bracelet

Nothing says thank you quite like a beautiful piece of jewellery. Charm bracelets are all the rage at the moment and best of all, you can find unique charms to fit most occasions and commemorate your wedding in a beautiful silver charm.

Plenty of brands do gorgeous snowflake charms, including a Thomas Sabo Charm that is a stunning example of this. There are hundreds of different ones to choose from to suit your wedding, including the option to create your own if you truly desire.

5) Hair and Makeup

One of the best gifts you could potentially give to your bridesmaids is to try and offset their costs as much as possible. Being a bridesmaid can quickly become an expensive endeavour. What with the dress, hair, makeup, hen party and accessories to account for on top of a number of other things.

With Christmas right before or after your wedding, it can make this a very expensive season for your bridesmaids. So give them the gift of a little less spending for your wedding and watch their eyes sparkle!

Overall, a winter wedding is like any other when it comes to bridesmaid gifts. As long as it is from the heart then you shouldn’t have a problem with making them happy with your selection. Simply give it that little bit extra when it comes to Christmas cheer and you will have created a fabulous bridesmaid gift for your winter nuptials.