Photography: Binky Nixon.

Whether you’ve planned a choreographed dance routine or have something more laid back in mind, the first dance is guaranteed to have your guests tilting their heads and thinking “ahh”.

Your choice of music can set the tone for the entire evening, so it’s worth giving it some serious thought. Over the next few weeks and months note down any songs that pop into your head and hand a list to your DJ, which they can incorporate into their playlist. If you’re looking for a first dance with a twist though, you’ve come to the right place. Here are our top 20 picks for a dance less ordinary:

1. Sam Cooke – You Send Me

2. Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered

3. Al Green – Let’s Stay Together

4. Christina Perri – A Thousand Years

5. Van Morrison – Into the Mystic

6. Ellie Goulding – How Long Will I Love You

7. Ben E King – Stand By Me

8. Eva Cassidy – Somewhere Over the Rainbow

9. Bill Withers – Lovely Day

10. Etta James – At Last

11. Van Morrison – Crazy Love

12. Paul Simon – Learn How to Fall

13. Adele – One and Only

14. Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell – You’re All I Need to Get By

15. Frank Sinatra – The Way You Look Tonight

16. Lonestar – Amazed

17. Charlene Soraia – Wherever You Will Go

18. Nat King Cole – Let There Be Love

19. Roberta Flack – The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

20. Norah Jones – Come Away With Me