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April 04, 2017

How To Pick The Best Wedding Song For Your First Dance


? Pick a song that means something to you and your partner

This first tip is obvious! *duh* ….but what does it really mean?

Whether it’s a song you listened to on your first date or a song from a concert you went to see together, the song can either tell a story about your relationship, or not. As long as it means something to you that’s all that matters.

You might feel pressured to go down a certain route when it comes to the music at your wedding, especially for your first dance. But don’t let other people’s (read mother in law’s) opinions influence your decision too much! Pick a song that makes you and your partner happy!

Be original! Your guests will thank you for it because let’s face it… how many more wedding dances to Etta James’ “At Last” can we take? ? (We still love Etta James though)


Pick a song that matches the type of vibe you want to perform

Picking a song with meaning is important, but make sure you and your significant other both feel comfortable dancing to it!

There is no right or wrong when it comes to YOUR wedding dance. Pick a dance style that represents you and your spouse-to-be the best! At Dance With Me, we see a huge range of dance style preferences for first dances. We can make it elegant and romantic, or fun and upbeat. You decide!

Some couples want a hip hop choreography or a steamy bachata, others will request the more classical rumba! It all depends on what kind of personality you want your dance to have!

A song with a faster tempo will work better with hustle or cha-cha whereas a slower song will likely match a rumba or waltz. If your song is both slow and fast, you might want to consider a fusion dance. Anything is possible with a little practice!

BONUS? Have you considered involving some of the wedding party in your first dance? Some couples like to have bridesmaids and groomsmen join them on the dance floor! It takes some of the pressure off of you, and gives you more to work with in terms of choreography! There are some pretty awesome routines on Youtube…


Pick a song that matches the details of your wedding

The song and dance pick go hand in hand! But before you make up your mind, consider the more technical aspects of your big day such as the size of your venue (dance floor), the type of dress/tux you’ll be wearing, and how high your heels will be.

These details may seem trivial, but wait till you attempt a Dirty Dancing lift and hit your head on the low ceilings, or try to dance a hip hop routine in a crinoline and 8-inch heels!

Also, will there be live music or a DJ? Live music can be great, but a band may play the tempo either too fast or too slow, so make sure you hear them play before you dance. A DJ can be solid, but make sure he knows all your cues.

Keep these tips in mind when navigating through the thousands of potential song and remember to HAVE FUN WITH IT! You’ll (hopefully) only do this once!


For more wedding inspiration, check out our Pinterest by clicking here!

Comment what your song pick is below!

And don’t forget to share this with fellow brides and grooms to be! ?


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