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How to Find Your 1st Dance Wedding Song

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Friday, June 6, 2014

First Dance. . .

Filed under: First Dance,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:30 am
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A special part of any wedding reception is the wedding first dance that the newlyweds share as man and wife. When compared to the other traditional formalities of the evening, the first dance is the one that can create a memory that will last forever. The origin of the first dance is said to come from eastern European immigrants in America – perhaps dating as far back as the 17th century – who danced at their weddings. As post World War 2 immigration slowed down and those immigrants grew into the middle class they brought the dance with them to the point of it becoming mainstream.

FirstDanceIt was custom for the guests of honor or the hosts to have the first dance of the evening at a ball. Once the first dance had been completed, everyone was invited to shake their corsets and powdered wigs on the dance floor. As it is with so many wedding traditions, this social norm of old eventually migrated to wedding receptions.

Today, the bride and groom typically perform the first dance at a wedding reception, signifying the beginning of the party portion of the celebration before the guests are invited to dance the night away.

Traditionally, when people got married their first dance as husband and wife would be a waltz. However, today that is not necessarily the case. Recently, brides and grooms have mostly skipped this “bridal waltz” tradition and have elected to dance the Foxtrot, Merengue, Swing, or even slow dance together. Some wedding couples even decide to perform for their guests for their first dance, and they do a humorous or shocking choreographed routine.

As you plan your first dance, think about what music is especially meaningful to you. Was there music playing the first time you kissed, or when you got engaged? Are there lyrics that instantly make one of you think of the other? Is there a passage of music that always makes your heart swell? If your parents have a happy marriage, maybe you want to dance to the same music they did?

Still unsure? Consult your your wedding band or DeeJay. They most likely have suggestions in their repertoire that might work. You may want to Goggle “first dance songs for weddings” to get some ideas.

If you are unsure of where to start or how to choreograph a wedding first dance, there are plenty of dance studios that offer wedding dance lessons and first dance choreography.

If you’re not big on being the center of attention make the first dance be the only dance instead of father/daughter dance, mother/son dance and last dance.

BONUS Articles: Put on Your Dancing Shoes!
It’s Your 1st Dance as Wife and Husband – Make it Special
Interesting Choices for First Dance Songs

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Two First Dance Wedding Songs to Consider ~ Videos

My DJ friend, Ron Ruth, from Kansas City suggested several songs to consider for your first dance. Enjoy!

One listen to “I Do” by Colbie Caillat and Brides and Grooms will be finding ways to include the song in their wedding reception. Plus, it’s got a catchy little beat that you’ll want to listen to over and over again.

Give “I Do” by Colbie Caillat a listen and tell us what you think. Is this new song a wedding winner?

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Colbie Caillat’s “I Do” Lyrics:

It’s always been about me, myself, and I
I thought relationships were nothing but a waste of time
I never wanted to be anybody’s other half
I was happy saying I had a love that wouldn’t last
That was the only way I knew ’til I met you

You make we wanna say
I do, I do, I do, do do do do do do doo
Yeah, I do, I do, I do, do do do do do do doo
Cause every time before it’s been like
Maybe yes and maybe no
I can’t live without it, I can’t let it go
Ooh what did I get myself into?
You make we wanna say I do, I do, I do, I do, I do, I do

Tell me is it only me
Do you feel the same?
You know me well enough to know that I’m not playing games
I promise I won’t turn around and I won’t let you down
You can trust I’ve never felt it like I feel it now
Baby there’s nothing, there’s nothing we can’t get through

So can we say
I do, I do, I do, do do do do do do doo
Oh baby, I do, I do, I do, do do do do do do doo
Cause every time before it’s been like
Maybe yes and maybe no
I won’t live without it, I won’t let it go
What more can I get myself into?
You make we wanna say

Me, a family, a house, a family
Ooh, can we be a family?
And when I’m eighty years old I’m sitting next to you
And we’ll remember when we said
I do, I do, I do, do do do do do do do
Oh baby, I do, I do, I do, do do do do do do do
Cause every time before it’s been like
Maybe yes and maybe no
I won’t live without it, I won’t let us go
Just look at what we got ourselves into
You make we wanna say I do, I do, I do, I do, I do, I do,
Love you

Charlie Wilson’s third solo album, “Just Charlie,” released December 3, 2010, contains a new single titled “You Are.” With it’s soulful sound and romatic lyrics, there are some that have already pegged “You Are” as a hot and fresh wedding first dance pick.

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Charlie Wilson’s “You Are” Lyrics:

Butterfly is what I feel inside
And every time it’s like my first time oo wee
And I can’t never find the words to say
You’re the perfect girl
You’re made for me
It’s so easy to love you baby
We’re compatible, incredible and natural we are
And girl I’ve never felt this way before
From the bottom of my heart
Baby girl I just wanna tell you that you are
The reason I love the reason I trust
God sent me an angel
You are the best in the world
A wonderful girl
Knowing you by my side brings tears to my eyes
Baby
Girl you had me from the moment I looked into your eyes
And I knew you were an angel but you were in disguise
Tell me how can I be so lucky
That you fall down from heaven for me
Oo baby
Some people searching life time and never find the true love oo wee
Heaven care enough for me to give me you
And now our heart can beat together
Standing strong girl here forever
You and I(you and I)
You and I (you and I)
I just want you to know
The reason I love the reason I trust
God sent me an angel
You are the best in the world
A wonderful girl
Knowing you by my side
And a man aint suppose to cry
But girl you are
The only woman I’ll make love to
The reason I come home every night
Girl you are
You’re all that I need in my life
And it almost feel
It’s not fair
Loving you?
You are (you are)
You are
You are the reason I love the reason I trust
God sent me an angel
You are the best in the world
A wonderful girl (you’re a wonderful girl)
Waoh Oh
You are
(Baby you are)you are?
(You are)You are all need
(You are)Baby heaven has sent you to me
(Baby you are)the one for me
(You are)the air that I breathe
(You are)baby you are you are (oohh yeahh)
You are, you are everyday to me baby
You are eveything oh baby
Baby you are
Baby you are…

Larry’s NOTE: A special “thank you” to Ron Ruth for calling these videos to my attention.

BONUS Article: Put on Your Dancing Shoes!
How To Make Your First Dance One To Remember
Interesting Choices for First Dance Songs
It’s Your 1st Dance as Wife and Husband – Make it Special

1st Video Copyright © 2011 – Universal Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. & Lava Music, LLC
2nd Video Copyright © 2010 – Music video by Charlie Wilson; Charlie Wilson performing You Are. 2010 JIVE Records, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

It’s Your 1st Dance as Wife and Husband – Make it Special

Filed under: First Dance,Wedding Video — Larry James @ 8:30 am
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One of the first steps of choosing a first dance tune is to try to find a song that matches the way that you feel about each other or relates to a past moment in your lives together. If you don’t already have a song in mind, ask your dance instructor or reception DJ for suggestions. Try to limit the dance to about 2 minutes – any longer will seem like an eternity. Before anything else you need to choose “your song.”

first danceThere is no right or wrong answer to what you choose. Whatever your taste, there is a song that will perfectly reflect you as a couple. Do you have a special song? If not, start by listening to music. Look for something special.

The first dance is expected. It’s traditional. You have to dance. If you want your first dance to be different, consider not choosing “At Last” by Etta James. While it’s a beautiful song with wonderful words it’s the all-time most played wedding first dance song ever. Choose an unexpected or different song to surprise your guests.

Before you make your final choice of first dance song, be sure to listen to, and preferably also read, the words of the song. It’s amazing how many romantic-sounding songs turn out to be less appropriate than you might think.

Learning to dance is an essential part of Wedding Day planning. Don’t think of it as just another box on your bridal checklist. You and your dance moves will be on display with all eyes on you. How long has it been since you danced together? If you are an excellent dancer… is your partner? A way to make your first dance an unforgettable part of the most important day of your life is to practice dancing together. This is not “Dancing With the Stars!” It’s just you two. Time to talk about the first dance. Test your moves at home first. Have a glass of wine, turn on the stereo, and boogie!

So what’s the secret to the perfect First Dance? Partnership. It takes two to tango and you have to be able to move together as a unified body. Having a unique first dance does not mean you have to perform a never before seen masterpiece. Due to the significance of this dance, couples are increasingly going that extra mile to make it unique and special. If you are worried that you’re not such a great dancer, sign up for a few dance lessons at your local dance studio.

A fun option might be to have your dance instructor come to your wedding and give all your guests a few lessons. You can start the evening with a group lesson and when you are warmed up and the ice is broken, clear the floor and start your first dance. YouTube.com has numerous instructional videos teaching beginners how to dance. Remember, not only will you have a first dance, you will also be involved in the father-daugher dance and many others.

Thanks to the popularity of YouTube videos featuring surprising twists on the traditional first dance, many couples now start out with a slow, traditional first dance song and then switch it up in the middle by changing to a fast, paced dance song. Watch the video.

Surprise your parents. After the first dance is over, have the disc jockey or band play the song your parents danced to at their wedding and let them dance alone.

When a couple decides to get married and are planning the wedding, rarely will the choice of the first dance be top of their priorities when it comes to decisions that they have to make. I hope you will change that. Surprise and delight your family and friends with a fabulous first dance worthy of your special day!

BONUS Article: Put on Your Dancing Shoes!
How To Make Your First Dance One To Remember
Interesting Choices for First Dance Songs

Copyright © 2012 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s “romantic” Wedding Website. Larry James is an award winning, non-denominational wedding officiant and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or Cell: 480-205-3694. Pre-maritial relationship coaching is available and not required. You will find more than 470 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Put on Your Dancing Shoes!

Filed under: First Dance,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 6:00 am
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firstdanceThis tip comes from a bride who’s also a dancer – Melissa Reid – and a wedding professional! Her tip? If you’re worried about painful feet preventing you from dancing the night away at your reception, consider buying dance shoes instead of traditional wedding shoes from a bridal salon.

Dance shoes are made to be comfortable for hours of dancing (remember, they’re designed for professional dancers!) — and, there are styles and designs very similar to what you’d be shopping for anyway.

Best of all, dance shoes are often less expensive than “bridal” shoes!

. . . Or, get real casual. Wear your tennis shoes! 😉

Better yet! Want to be comfortable for the “first dance?” Relieve the pain of heels by getting some reliable and foldable flats. Click here!

Copyright © 2010 – Melissa Reid. Melissa is the Director of Marketing for Luxury Limousines of Sacramento.

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