Tips When Choosing Your First Dance Song For Your Wedding
Wedding traditions may have changed over the years and may different countries however, one standout event that will be featured at your reception is the couple’s first wedding dance . Whether it’s sentimental and romantic, 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. So it’s very important to choose a song that has a special meaning to both of 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! Here are 5 tips to help you choose “the” first dance wedding song.
Song that fits both of 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.
Does the Song Fit the Wedding Theme?
If having a first wedding dance that fits with the wedding theme is important to you, a few factors will come into play. Consider the style of your wedding, the season, and the reception/location of your ceremony. 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.
A song lyrics that relates to both of you.
Another way to choose your first dance song 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:
– I’m Yours by Jason Mraz – Look into your heart and you’ll find love, love, love, love.
– Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran – Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars.
– Everything by Michael Bublé – Whatever comes our way, we’ll see it through. And you know that’s what our love can do.
– All of Me by John Legend – All of me loves all of you.
Do you have a band that can play wedding songs?
Having a live band at your wedding to entertain guests adds even more excitement to your reception. Confirm with the band that they can actually perform your first dance song live. 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.
After First dance wedding song switch it up with a more lively and up-tempo song to get the party started.
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.