Top 50 all time best - Wedding 1st dance songs:

When a couple take to the floor for their first dance as husband and wife it is a moment that is etched in time forever. Everyone in the room stops talking, eating and socialising as all falls silent and the mood shifts. All  attention turns back to the couple as they hold each other tightly and move around the floor. It is a big and often very hard decision to pick the one song that is just perfect for this special moment.

We have put together for you a list of OUR picks for the 'Top 50 all time best - Wedding 1st dance songs'. Now these may not be your top selections, so if we have missed any that you think should be here, please let us know.

To add to this, we will also be doing follow up posts on our picks for the 'Top 10 All Time Classic 1st Dance Songs' and the 'Top 10 Modern 1st Dance Songs', including video.

We hope you enjoy, and please leave coments with any others you think should definitely be added.

TOP 50 all time best - Wedding 1st dance songs:
50           You’ll be in my heart – Phil Collins
49        Keep on loving you – Speedwagon
48            We found love – Rhianna & Calvin Harris
47        Your song – Elton John
46        Nothing’s real but love – Rebecca Ferguson
45        Only you – The Platters
44        Ave Maria – Beyonce
43        Because you loved me – Celine Dion
42        I knew I loved you – Savage Garden
41        You’ve got the love – Florence & Machine
40        She’s like the wind – Patrick Swayze
39        Far away – Nickelback
38        Feel – Robbie Williams
37        Never gonna give you up – Rick Astley
36        I got you babe – Sonny & Cher
35        Lego House – Ed Sheeran
34        Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones
33        Lucky – Jason Mraz
32        Show me heaven – Maria Mckee
31        It had to be you – Harry Connick Jr
30        Can’t help falling in love with you – Elvis
29        Endless Love – Luther Vandross & Mariah Carey
28        All my life – K-ci & Jojo
27        Nothing’s gonna change my love for you –Air Supply
26        Every beat of my heart – Gladys Night & The Pipps
25        Because of you – Tony Bennett
24        I’m yours – Jason Mraz
23        Sea of love – The Honeydrippers
22        Have I told you lately – Van Morrison
21        Here and now – Luther Vandross
20        With this ring – Shelamar
19        Always and forever – Heatwave
18        Unchained melody – The Righteous brothers
17        Don’t know much – Aaron Neville & Linda Rohnstadt
16        I finally found someone – Bryan Adam & Barbra Streisand
15        The way you look tonight – Frank Sinatra
14        Heaven – Bryan Adams
13        Can you feel the love tonight – Elton John
12        At last – Etta James
11        When a man loves a woman – Michael Bolton
10        You’re Beautiful – James Blunt
9          I will always love you – Whitney Houston
8          Everything I do – Bryan Adams
7          When you say nothing at all – Ronan Keating
6          Angels – Robbie Williams
5          Amazed – Lonestar
4          Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
3          Truly madly deeply – Savage Garden
2          You’re still the one – Shania Twain
1          Don’t want to miss a thing – Aerosmith

Week 22: Handfasting with Children

Welcome to week 22 of our "52 traditions/rituals in 52 weeks".

Some time ago we brought you a version of a 'handfasting' (view here) which has been very popular on the blog, so we thought we would follow it up with a fabulous way of including children in this wonderfully meaningful ritual.

Including children in a handfasting:

Celebrant: 'When we think about marriage we immediately visualize the joining of two people. But this is not always so. Marriages unite families and as is the case in many families today, who already have children, they give us a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and embrace some of the other important relationships in our lives.

During a wedding ceremony rings are sometimes exchanged with a promise. As (Bride) and (Groom) are not exchanging rings, but instead binding their hands, they thought appropriate that their children should also take part as a reminder of their promise to them on this day.

They wanted to find a way to let them know now how special and wonderful they are, and how privileged and blessed they feel to be their parents'.

Children step forward and their hands are bound with the parents

Celebrant addresses children:

'(Insert children’s names): These are the hands that will support encourage and protect you through all of life’s ups and downs, happy times, sad times, love and we hope, great joy. This binding is a reminder of the love and respect that each of you have for the others and that which will last for a lifetime'.
The Wedding Gurus x

Horrifying Bridesmaid Dresses

Ok, so we've all been there, excited about being asked to be a bridesmaid and all the fun that comes with that role. And happens. The bride chooses the ugliest creation you have ever had the displeasure of laying your eyes on and you just know that there is absolutely nothing you can do about it.

So in the spirit of friendship and solidarity, the true measure of your love and loalty to that special friend, we thought we would explore some of the bridesmaids outfits that have truly displayed the lengths that some true friends will go to in making sure the bride's day is perfect!

Good on you, we say

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Beat the Blemish

So its the morning of your big day and you look in the mirror to find your worst nightmare has come true - a blemish (shreak)!
Never fear, the wedding gurus are here, so long as you are armed with the right tools we are going to run you through a step by step process of how to tackle the beast leaving you with nothing but a beautiful and glowing complexion.
The Wedding Gurus

Week 21: Silent Flower Ritual

Welcome to week 21 of our "52 traditions/rituals in 52 weeks".
The silent flower ritual is one of the simplest and most basic rituals that may be included in a wedding ceremony, but it’s significance and emotional depth are long remembered.

The silent flower ritual brings significance to the roles of the mothers on this special day, that may otherwise go unspoken and to all that they have contributed in the lives of the couple present. In nurturing, loving and caring for each of them and in being there to share this special day with them.

Once the guests are assembled and the groom and celebrant are waiting for the bride, the entrance music begins and the bride enters carrying her bouquet with 2 loose long stem flowers. As she approaches her groom on her father’s (or whoever is escorting her) arm, she lets go of him and walks silently over to her soon to be mother in law and hands her one of the flowers, giving her a kiss on the cheek. She then walks over to her own mother handing her a flower also and giving her a kiss on the cheek.

No words are said during the ritual and the bride then returns to her escort’s arm and continues to her groom.

The ritual, though silent, is very meaningful and brings a tear to the eyes of guests and of course the mothers.  It is a truly wonderful way of honouring the mothers role in the lives of the couple and their importance on this day. The mothers are always very pleased, particularly when they are not aware that it is going to take place.

The Wedding Gurus


For other ways to include your mums please see our post "What about the Mothers?"