The first dance is a personal moment for the bride and groom and often a special song is chosen which holds meaning for the happy couple. If you're struggling to come up with first dance song ideas that you both like, check out Celtica's top 10 selection of first dance ideas for a ceilidh or folk band. Also, check out our ceilidh bands and folk bands pages.
The first dance is a personal moment for the bride and groom and often a special song is chosen which holds meaning for the happy couple. However - if your favorite song can't be played by a ceilidh band, or if you're struggling to come up with first dance song ideas that you both like - then it can be tough to make a decision.
Over the years providing wedding entertainment for hundreds of couples we've come across a few songs which have either worked really well, or proved particularly popular, and so to help you on your way here is my top 10 selection of first dance ideas for a ceilidh or folk band:
Slow Dances For Romantic Moments
Feels Like Home (Chantal Kreviazuk)
Have I Told You Lately (Van Morrison)
Wish I Had Someone To Love Me (Dubliners)
Fields Of Gold (Sting)
Falling Slowly – (Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova)
My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose (Robbie Burns)
Uptempo Ideas To Open Up The Dance Floor
Marie’s Wedding (Various artistes)
Fairytale Of New York (The Pogues)
One Last Drink (Enter The Haggis)
Galway Girl (Steve Earle)
Just be sure when you’ve made your choice to give your wedding band plenty of notice as if they don't already have the tune in their repertoire, they’ll need time to learn it and do it justice. The first dance is such an important part of the wedding that they’ll want it to be absolutely perfect for you.
For further Celtic inspiration check out the following artistes: The Chieftains; Loreena McKennit; The Clancy Brothers; Tommy Makem, The Irish Tenors; Celtic Woman; Sharon Shannon; Christy Moore; Mary Black; Flogging Molly; The Dropkick Murphys….
Written by Ruthe Graham from Celtica - An exciting, fun and flexible trio performing Celtic, pop, rock, trad and Irish music with a bit of Ceilidh thrown in for good measure!