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
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
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
Take my hand- Emily Hackett
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
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
We have all the time in the world- Louis Armstrong
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
Song Bird- Eva Cassidy
Bonfire heart- James Blunt
You & Me- Lifehouse
Iris- GooGoo Dolls
How sweet it is to be loved by you- James Taylor
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