5 Tips for Choosing The First Dance At Your Wedding


These tips are brought to you by Mark Gilroy, a member of York Wedding Deals

Selecting a great first dance song that you both love is just one of those great decisions that you get to make as a couple in the lead-up to your wedding. So many couples already have a first dance picked out, very often a special song that has a particular meaning, and one which will mark a key moment on the big day.

But what if you’re one of those couples who simply doesn’t have a track which you can call “our song”? I’m so often asked by couples who have booked me to perform at their wedding to help pick out their first dance for them, I thought I’d share my top tips, to help you pick out something that will forever become “your song”.

1) Make it personal
Choosing a song that…

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This weekend: WIN a live performance from me and get your hands on some pre-Christmas treats!

This week I’m delighted to be involved in two fundraising efforts. This Friday I’ll be performing at the York Marriott Hotel for their exclusive pre-Christmas shopping evening….AND on Sunday evening I’ll be at the York Holiday Inn helping to raise funds for York High School’s amazing Team Tanzania project. Come and join us!

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Autumn Update

The weather’s turning cold, the trees are changing colour, and it looks like it’s been nearly two months since my last post.

How slack of me!

In my defense, I have been pretty busy though – in the last month I’ve played for several weddings, recorded some new tracks and performed for the Arsenal football squad. That last one was a total fluke, but it sounds impressive doesn’t it?

Meanwhile, I’ve got a couple of updates to share:

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Live Review: Queen & Adam Lambert – London Hammersmith Apollo 11/7/12

Two weeks ago I was offered the chance of a lifetime – one of my Twitter pals (@timesmasher) offered me a pair of spare tickets for one of just three shows that Queen were playing in London. As luck would have it, I happened to be in London on just that night, so I seized the opportunity. A lifelong Queen fan and a (relatively) new Adam Lambert fan, I knew that this would be a night to remember.

Before their recent string of shows in Moscow & Poland, I remember reading an interview with Adam, where the interviewer asked him how he felt about filling the shoes of Freddie Mercury. I liked his answer a lot:

“I do have big shoes to fill, fronting with Queen. But – I’m bringing my own shoes. Ones Freddie would have thought were cute.”

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Live Review: Regina Spektor – Manchester O2 Apollo 4/7/12

Kooky. Unique. Quirky.

Ask anyone to describe the experience of hearing a Regina Spektor song for the first time and I guarantee that one of those three words will pop up at some point.

I first heard Regina’s song ‘Fidelity’ playing in a clothes shop in New York back in 2006. I’m a sucker for a great pop song, but there was something utterly quirky about her voice that made me stop and listen [dammit, third paragraph and I’ve already used ‘quirky’]! I was instantly a fan. Seeing her live for the first time at Glastonbury 2009 was a terrific experience and I couldn’t wait to see her in a more intimate setting.

Earlier this year Regina released her latest album “What We Saw From The Cheap Seats”. I wouldn’t call our seats cheap…but this is what we saw/heard from our seats that night.

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My top 20 EPIC song intros

Even now, when I’m performing covers I’m still surprised by how powerful a good song intro can be. Those crucial first few seconds can be so unmistakable- the look of familiarity that cascades over someone’s face as they realise what they’re about to hear is uncanny.

Here are my top 20 most memorable, and epic song introductions. If you think I’ve missed any, pop a comment below!

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I now perform over 400 songs!

So…I was recently updating the list of the songs that I perform and discovered that I’ve passed the 400-mark. 408, to be precise! The most-recent additions to my repertoire are:

  • Ed Sheeran – ‘The A Team’
  • Mumford & Sons – ‘Little Lion Man’
  • Sam Cooke – ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’
  • Adam Lambert- ‘Whataya Want From Me’
  • Adele – ‘Make You Feel My Love’
  • Jackie Wilson – ‘Reet Petite’
  • Aloe Blacc – ‘I Need A Dollar’
  • Lady Gaga – ‘You & I’
  • Pink – ‘Glitter In The Air’
  • Rihanna – ‘We Found Love’
  • Lana Del Ray – ‘Video Games’
  • Christina Perri – ‘Jar Of Hearts’
  • Toploader – ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’
  • Mumford & Sons – ‘Roll Away Your Stone’

If you’d like to view/download the full list, you can find it over on my ‘Bookings’ page, on my website at:


Over and out for now…

– M

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

So, this time last week I was screaming down the A1 with the Michael Bublé Christmas album on full blast. Since then we’ve seen temperatures drop, Christmas lights appearing, and I STILL haven’t started my Christmas shopping yet.


I have been busy though…this week’s blog covers updates on Christmas-themed session work, a special Christmas performance, and a combined wedding/Christmas tree.

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All the essential ingredients for your wedding day

I’m very proud to announce that I’m a member of the York Wedding Industry Network.

The Wedding Industry Network is a group of passionate and reliable wedding specialists, all based in York, who strive to provide their clients with a quality and professional service which is second to none.

Any couple booking three or more of our services are entitled to claim the special deals offered by each individual business.

Read on to see what services are on offer!

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