Whether you have a special song or not, it is important to make sure the song you choose for your first dance has a groove to it and that the lyrics are appropriate for your wedding. Below are a few things you should consider when choosing your first dance song.
1. IS THE SONG “DANCEABLE”?
Find a song that has a strong beat. The beat of a song is similar to heartbeats; it is a consistent beat that determines the pace of a song. When you hear a song, particular one with an obvious beat, such as “Blurred Lines” (not that I suggest you dance to this), you would naturally want to tap your foot, nod your head or even shake your hips! And while you are tapping the beat, you can find out the tempo of a song. The perfect song should not be too fast or too slow. It is actually harder to move slow than fast. Imagine running on a track versus running through mud.
2. HOW DO YOU WANT YOUR DANCE TO LOOK?
Romantic? Elegant? Fun? Traditional? Contemporary? Upbeat? Slow and smooth? Depending on the style you like, you can choose a song that carries the same feel. If you are going to take dance lessons, tell your dance teacher about your vision so that he/she can help you choose a song that matches the style you are looking for.
3. ARE THE LYRICS APPROPRIATE?
The melody of a song may sound sweet and romantic but that doesn’t mean a song is appropriate for your wedding. Listen to the lyrics and make sure there aren’t any negative hidden meanings or inappropriate language.
4. CAN YOUR BAND OR DJ PLAY THE SONG?
It is important to make sure that your band or DJ will play the version of your song that you have been practicing to. Any tempo or compositional changes can affect your dancing, especially if you have a choreographed or semi-choreographed dance.
5. IS THE SONG TOO LONG?
A first dance should be no longer than 3 minutes. 2 to 3 minutes is the ideal length for a first dance. Keep it short and sweet so that your guests can enjoy the first dance and not get bored. Consider that professional performances are usually no more than 2-minutes long.
Your first dance is one of the very first memories that you and your loved one get to share, while your guests happily witness your love unfold on the dance floor through the storytelling of the song. It's important to consider the above points when choosing your song, and don't forget; your DJ or band should be experienced enough to make suggestions without any hesitation, so don't be afraid to ask for some help!
Top 10 First Dance Songs of 2016!
“A Thousand Years” - Christina Perri
“All Of Me” - John Legend
“I Won’t Give Up” - Jason Mraz
“At Last” - Etta James
“Can’t Help Falling In Love” - Elvis Presley
“Marry Me” - Train
“What A Wonderful World” - Louis Armstrong
“Somewhere Over The Rainbow” - Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
“You Are The Best Thing” - Ray LaMontagne