5 Tips on Choosing the Best First Dance Wedding Song
Wedding traditions may have changed over the years and they may differ from country-to-country however, one standout event that will be featured at your reception is the couple’s first wedding dance. Whether it’s romantic and sentimental, or lively and fun-loving, you and your guests will always remember the very first song you and your partner danced to as a newly married couple. Choose a song that has a special meaning to you as a couple, or one with words that express your love and everlasting commitment.
Choosing your first dance wedding song may seem like an easy task, but it can be harder than you think! After all, the song and dance you choose will not only identify you as a couple, you’ll have to agree on just one! Consider the following guidelines to help you choose “the” first dance wedding song.
1. Consider Your Personalities
Are you and your partner hopeless romantics? Are PDAs your thing or do you celebrate every “first” in your relationship, every year? You may be more of the sentimental type. Classics like "Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers or “At Last” by Etta James have timeless appeal. More modern songs like "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel or “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri would be a perfect first dance wedding song for romantics like you.
2. Does Your Song Fit the Wedding Theme?
If having a first wedding dance that fits with your overall theme is important to you, a few factors will come into play. Consider the style of your wedding, the season, and the location of your ceremony or reception. One example might be Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One,” a country love song that would work well with a rustic or country-themed wedding. Another example might be “Our Love is Here to Stay” for a more elegant, vintage-themed wedding.
3. Choose a First Dance Based on Lyrics
Another way to choose your song for your first dance is to think back to a significant time in your relationship and select a song that reminds you of that time or speaks about it. Songs with such memorable lyrics include:
- “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran - “Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars.”
- “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz - “Look into your heart and you'll find love, love, love, love.”
- “All of Me” by John Legend - “All of me loves all of you.”
- “Everything” by Michael Bublé – “Whatever comes our way, we’ll see it through. And you know that’s what our love can do.”
4. Can the Band Play Wedding Songs?
Having a live band at your wedding to entertain guests adds even more sparkle and excitement to your reception. Confirm with the leader of the band that they can actually perform your first dance song live, or if they don’t know it, are willing to learn it well in advance. If not, you’ll have to decide if you want to simply have your song played on a device, or perhaps even choose another song that your band knows and can play well. Most wedding bands know the most popular first dance songs and most would be willing to learn your song if needed.
5. Wedding Songs Thereafter
You may decide to have your bridal party or all your guests join you towards the end of your first dance. Or, you may decide to switch it up right away from something slow and romantic to something lively and up-tempo to get the party started. "Come Fly With Me" by Frank Sinatra would be one choice to pick up the pace, and is known and loved by generations. You’ll want to have a mix of music, from slow to fast tempo, and cover some favorites of each generation attending. Be sure to provide your DJ with your complete playlist well in advance of your reception.
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