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First Dance Panic!

Stuck for choice?

 

How to choose your First Dance song! Phase 1.

 

When it comes to choosing your first dance song, there isn’t really a right or wrong choice.

 

Ok, yes there are a few inappropriate songs out there but generally you can’t go wrong, especially if its special to the two of you. Essentially you should choose something that you both like or have a special connection with.  

 

Not too long ago, choosing a song seemed much simpler, you picked a song that you had heard on the radio, or had both loved when listening to a cassette or LP!!! (Some of you may not know what these are) Now, it seems hours are spent on iTunes, Spotify, Youtube looking for that perfect version of your perfect song.  Then we decide we want to add a song or we decide we want more than one song so we cut and edit, mash-up and mix all in the hope of creating the best first dance song ever!

The important thing is...There is no right or wrong! Whatever you choose will be perfect for you!

 

So Phase 1 of planning your first dance consists of choosing 'the song'. If you are at the stage of 'haven't got a clue'  here are some first dance layout options- 

  • You can have one beautiful song! 

  • Each pick a song so your first dance consists of 2 songs segued into each other.

  • Start with a ballad, a slower meaningful song and edit it into an upbeat track as guests join you on the dance floor

  • Start with a slow ballad, edit into an upbeat track you both love and segue into the disco track where your guests can join you.

  • A mash-up- A montage of all your favourites.

  • Live music- Have your favourite song played live

 

If you are struggling to choose a song, below are some beautiful options. You can get lots of ideas from Spotify, iTunes, 8Tracks And Youtube.

 

Current/Last 5 years

Thinking out Loud- Ed Sheeran

XO- Beyonce

Perfect- Ed Sheeran

Sky full of stars- Coldplay

Marry Me- Jason Derulo

Marry Me- Bruno Mars

I won't give up- Jason Mraz

Make you feel my love- Adele

Love me like you do- Ellie Goulding

Everything- Michael Buble

 

Romantic/ Ballad

Need Me- Celine Dion

Your Love- Little Mix

All of me- John legend

A Thousand Years- Christina Perri

The Prayer- Josh Groban

Marry Me- Train

The First time I ever saw your face- Roberta Flack

Livin La Vida- Coldplay

 

Alternate Options

Take my hand- Emily Hackett

Gorecki- Lamb

Not with Haste- Mumford & Sons

Into my arms- Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

When I first saw you- Jamie Foxx (Dreamgirls)

I do- Westlife

Like the Sun- RyanDan

Real Love- Tom Odell

Grow old with me-Tom Odell

 

Fun

Mr Blue Sky- ELO

Love on Top- Beyonce

Love never felt so good- Justin timberlake

Crazy Stupid Love- Cheryl

Got to be real- Cheryl Lynn

Shut up and dance with me- Walk the moon

Your love keeps lifting me higher- Jackie Wilson

Hold my hand- Jess Glynne

Without you- David Guetta

Take my hand- Jess Glynne

 

Beautiful Oldies

We have all the time in the world- Louis Armstrong

 -Frank Sinatra

Stand by me- Ben E King

At Last- Etta James

Can't help falling in love- Elvis Presley

In my life- The Beatles

Just the way you are- Billy Joel

L.O.V.E- Nat King Cole

 

Classic Beauty

Song Bird- Eva Cassidy

Bonfire heart- James Blunt

You & Me- Lifehouse

Iris- GooGoo Dolls

 

Country/Folk

How sweet it is to be loved by you- James Taylor

Amazed- Lonestar

I Just Wanna Love You- The Shires

Need you now- The Shires

Mona Lisa- Brad Paisley

 

There are so many options out there...this can either be a really easy part of the wedding or one of the more challenging aspects! 

 

If you are stuck, treat yourself to a nice bottle, settle in for the evening and go through the songs you love! Something special will speak out to you both!

 

So, now you have the perfect song/songs, but what are you going to do with it?

 

You are now moving into Phase 2

 

- this is the moment when panic starts to set in, the thought of having to stand in front of all your family and friends and DANCE can feel quite daunting, but it really doesn't need to! 

 

Look out for our next blog all about the 'dance' part of your First Dance. Do you really need a choreographed dance? Are lessons necessary? The answer is maybe not, but if not what do you plan to do?

 

Thanks for reading!

 

The Wedding Dance Company

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