Find the perfect first dance wedding song – a song that tells your love story, a song about your commitment to each other, a special song that will remind you of your special day for years to come. First dance music sets the tone for the show of affection that a newly married couple does in front of an audience.
Decide how fast or uptempo of a first dance song you want. Discus your song choice with your disc jockey or band. They have hard ’em all. They also can talk about guest reaction to songs they have played. Don’t be afraid to strut your stuff. Most people choose something relatively slow with a 4/4 beat, because that’s the easiest to dance to. Put on a few random tunes and dance in your living room to see what feels right. Even three minutes can seem like an eternity when you’re out there on the dance floor with everyone watching. If the song is longer that three minutes, ask you disc jockey to edit the music to the time you feel most comfortable with.
Some couples will take dance lessons before their big day. A great idea if you have a tendency to step all over your partners feet. You should always do a few practice dances to see how you feel with the music you choose.
Here are a few first dance song choices to consider.
“Speechless,” Lady Gaga
“You Got What I Need,” Joshua Radin
“Stay With You,” John Legend
“Dreams-Come-True-Girl,” Cass McCombs
“You and Me,” Penny and the Quarters
“Bout Time,” Louis Armstrong
“Cause I love You,” Lenny Williams
“Til A Tear Becomes A Rose,” Keith Whitley
“Til Kingdom Come,” Coldplay
“Til The Twelth of Never,” Johnny Mathis
“(Everything I Do) I Do It For You,” Bryan Adams
“Just the Way You Are,” Bruno Mars
“All I Need,” Radiohead
“You’re My Best Friend,” Queen
“Angel Dream,” Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
“With Whom to Dance,” Magnetic Fields
“I’m Sticking With You,” The Velvet Underground
“I’m Kissing You” from the “Romeo + Juliet” soundtrack, Des’Re
“Anyone Else But You,” The Moldy Peaches
“Part One,” Band of Horses
“California Stars,” Billy Bragg and Wilco
“Earth Angel,” Death Cab for Cutie
“I’m Yours,” Jason Mraz
“Strangers,” The Kinks
“This Love” from the “Cruel Intentions” soundtrack, Craig Armstrong featuring Elizabeth Fraser
“No Ordinary Love,” Sade
“Wagon Wheel,” Old Crow Medicine Show
“You and Me,” Lifehouse
“Is This Love,” Whitesnake
“I Only Have Eyes for You,” Mercury Rev
“This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody),” Talking Heads
“Un-thinkable (I’m Ready),” Alicia Keys
“Besame Mucho” from the “Great Expectations” soundtrack, Cesaria Evora
“Lost in This Moment,” Big & Rich
“On Bended Knee,” Boyz II Men
“Too Lost in You,” Sugababes
“When You Say Nothing at All,” Alison Krauss and Union Station
“Better Together,” Jack Johnson
“Just Breathe,” Pearl Jam
“Thank You for Loving Me,” Bon Jovi
“Marry Song,” Band of Horses
“Thirteen,” Big Star
And… everyone’s favorite: “At Last,” Etta James or for something different, Beyonce has another version of this great classic. This song makes a lot of best first dance song lists, and Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” isn’t far behind.
Long after your wedding day you’ll recall the first song you danced to as newlyweds because music is such a powerful recollection tool, it instantly solidifies the memory of your wedding. It might take a little time to find the perfect first dance song, but the good news is that you can have lots of fun doing so and there are hundreds of songs to choose from. The song you choose says a lot about you as a couple.
Check this site out: Click here for a special Website where you can listen to brief snippets of several hundred songs and view the lyrics.
BONUS Article: Put on Your Dancing Shoes!
Photo Credit: Top left, Jennifer Bowen Photography
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