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You’ve just had your romantic first wedding dance together. Celebrating your new life as newly weds.

And now it’s time for the tempo to change a bit. You want to get that party started. Open up the dance floor to everyone. Get everyone showing their moves to some favourite tunes.

A good DJ (or band) will be able to judge the ages, style and mood of your wedding guests and you should have spent a bit of time briefing them on the sort of music you like.

That said, there are some classic favourites that are guaranteed to fill the dance floor and create that party atmosphere you’re looking for.

We’ve listed 10 here to help you on your way. You’re welcome!

1. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars

The opening bars of this are sure to put everyone on the alert. It has a great beat, it’s easy to dance to and it’s familiar to just about everyone. This is the perfect way to start things on the best note.

2. Saturday Night Fever – Bee Gees

Instantly recognisable beat and your guests that remember the Seventies are just going to love this one. Although it’s also got some serious retro cool going on too. Eminently danceable.

3. Push It – Salt n Pepa

It’s an oldie but a real goldie. Dance as energetically or just move those hips a little. There’s a reason this wedding dance tune is still a favourite.

4. Can’t Get You Out of My Head – Kylie Minogue

Did you feel like this about your partner when you first met? And now it’s your wedding day and you’re dancing together. This is dance floor dynamite and anybody who doesn’t know the words can just ‘la-la’ along.

5. Crazy in Love – Beyonce

Well, that’s how you’re feeling right now, isn’t it? There are some fabulous rhythms going on here that make it irrisistable to hit that floor. Which is just how you want your guests to feel. “I didn’t stop dancing at the wedding” is what they’ll probably be saying afterwards. Result!

6. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

Sometimes you’ll want to drop the tempo down a bit so that guests can have a breather and get a bit romantic with one another, have a slow dance to something. Ed Sheeran nailed it with this one, don’t you agree? It wasn’t a Grammy Award winner for nothing.

7. At Last – Etta James

Possibly one of the most romantic songs ever written and how you’ll be feeling on this special day. If you’ve never heard it before, the singer is basically saying how wonderful it is to have found that special someone after all this time. It’s another slow one but gets the mood just right. If you’re a Beyonce fan, she also sung a version that you might like to listen to as well. You can catch it right here. 

8. I’m Gonna Be – The Proclaimers

Raising the tempo a bit here is this anthem by vintage Scottish band The Proclaimers. It’s one of the ultimate sing-a-longs and the words say it all really. “I would walk 500 miles” just to be with you is what it is all about.

9. Twist and Shout – The Beatles

You really can’t have a music compilation without having something by the Beatles. This song was released right at the start of their career and launched them in the US. A classic song that has certainly stood the test of time and just about everybody knows it. Another one to sing along to, if you’ve still got some breath after all your exertions on the dance floor!


10. We Found Love – Rihanna

Obviously Ri Ri has got to be a part of your wedding day. This is another song that will get people looking up from their drinks the moment they hear the opening notes, put down those same drinks and hit the floor.

These ideas are just to get you starting thinking. And if you’re having a romantic first dance together, as most new couples do, it’s always worth practising or getting some lessons beforehand to give you some confidence. With Strictly putting dancing to the fore again, there’ll be a teacher near you to offer some lessons.

If you have any wedding songs you think work particularly well which you’ve heard at a wedding, please share with us by leaving a comment on our social media.

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