One of the hardest decisions when planning your first dance is what type of song you will have. Do you stick with a traditional song or do you have something more upbeat and fun? If you have two left feet, then maybe a slow dance is more suitable as you don’t want to look foolish in front of all your guests by trying to do something you just can’t. However making the first dance fun will provide entertainment and be more enjoyable for you and for your guests to watch.
Some of the most popular first dance wedding songs in 2017 included “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri, “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, “Your Song”, Elton John, “At Last” by Etta James and “All of Me”, John Legend. These songs are considered to be modern and the most “safe”, but the first dance really sets the scene, so choose wisely.
If you are after a slower song you could go for “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong, “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra or “Everything I Do” by Brian Adams. This will really get the tears flowing.
Most couples choose a sentimental song, but others try to get the dancing started for the night by having something more upbeat. Examples of these songs include “Like a Virgin” by Madonna or “White Wedding” by Billy Idol. These dances tend to be fun and remembered.
When do you have the first dance?
The first dance can either be straight after the bridal party are announced or at the end of the night following the speeches. A well rehearsed dance may be better to do at the beginning of the night before too many drinks make it a disaster. On the other hand, if you think you might need a few drinks to calm the nerves, then perhaps later in the night is more suitable.
If you are having a band, talk to them to see what they recommend and how they may be able to do a traditional song with a rock/pop twist. Most DJ’s should also be able to assist with sourcing the perfect wedding song.
In the end you don’t have to have a particular song to please everyone else, its your day and your party, so do what feels best for you.