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Top 10 First Dance Songs for Weddings played on the Piano by a Wedding Pianist

Updated on December 30, 2010

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A wedding pianist can play your favourite music on the piano.
A wedding pianist can play your favourite music on the piano. | Source

Top 10 Wedding First Dance Songs - On the Piano

Welcome to my first hub! My aim is to create a useful hub that will help inspire brides-to-be with their music choices for their wedding ceremony.

A Little Background Info

I run a specialist music agency that provides wedding pianists for weddings. Our pianists can be booked to play for the ceremony, drinks reception and/or wedding breakfast.

Over the last four years, I have found myself working closely with brides to help them choose just the right music for their civil wedding ceremony. When you book a pianist to play for your civil wedding ceremony, you can choose three special pieces of music that you would like to have played - one for the entrance of the bride, the signing of the register and the departure of the bridal party.

More often than not, I find that brides-to-be will already have pieces of music in mind for their grand entrance and departure. After all, it is the moment that they have been dreaming of since they were little girls.

The song choice for the signing of the register, however, might not be as obvious and it is usually the point in the ceremony that requires a little helping hand with the song choice.

The Signing of the Register

The music for the signing of the register actually tends to be the most substantial piece of music out of the three. This is because of the time it takes for this part of the ceremony. The signing of the register incorporates three main stages:

1) The signing of the legal documents

2) The photos by the official photographers

3) The photos by family members and guests

This whole process can take between 5-10 minutes and requires a piece of music that will form a gentle accompaniment to the proceedings. The registrars will need to co-ordinate your witnesses and photographer and will appreciate some background music that is not too obtrusive.

The piece of music should also act to keep the mood of the ceremony in the "happy, wedding" feel. You must remember that your guests are just expected to chat amongst themselves during this part of the ceremony. The music will play a big part in setting the right atmosphere for them.

Slow, Romantic Wedding Music

The ideal piece of music should be slow and romantic and provide opportunities for the pianist to improvise and extend the piece if the signing of the register takes longer than expected.

Over the last year I have collaborated with several local DJs and put together a top-20 list of first dance songs that they played at weddings. A first dance song fits the requirement of the type of music that should be chosen for the signing of the register - the music should be slow and very romantic.

I went through this list with our two most experienced wedding pianists and we picked out the top-10 first dance requests that we thought would work on the piano. We have recorded a sample of each song and linked to them in this hub so that brides can listen to the piano versions online.

Please feel free to suggest any other songs that you think would work really well on the piano. We are always keen to extend our repertoire - if we like the suggestion then we will record a sample for everybody to hear!

Top 10 - Popular First Dance Songs....played on the Piano!!

1. Amazed by Lonestar

2. I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston

3. Angels by Robbie Williams

4. Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden

5. Yellow by Coldplay

6. She by Elvis Costello

7. Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol

8. Come What May (Moulin Rouge) by Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman

9. You're Beautiful by James Blunt

10. Up Where We Belong by Joe Cocker

For recordings of all of the songs in this top 10 you should check out the wedding pianist music page at PianoDJ.co.uk - there are over 100 recordings to help inspire you!!

I look forward to hearing your feedback!

James

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