Music has the power to elicit emotion. So, when choosing a first dance song, think about what feelings you’d like to evoke and the tone you’d like to set.
Do you want it to be peaceful and romantic or do you want it to be lively and fun?
Of course, an upbeat first dance would be nontraditional. However, as long as your guests won’t be disappointed or offended then there is no reason why you can’t plan an energetic performance.
We’ve helped couples learn routines to “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder and “Crazy In Love” by Beyoncé. Each dance was incredibly unique and their wedding guests loved it!
Once you’ve decided between a slow or fast paced performance then you can start thinking about a specific song.
Many couples choose a track that’s been around for ages and will continue to be relevant for years to come. Songs like “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli and “Fly Me To The Moon” by Frank Sinatra are truly timeless and work great when ballroom dancing!
However, sometimes it’s easier for modern day couples to connect with contemporary music that they hear on the radio every day. These couples come in with songs like “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne and “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat. We’ve also had a couple choose “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys.
The only draw back with a song like Alicia Keys’ is that the beat is extremely slow making it challenging to dance. Another song we see all the time with a similar problem is “At Last” by Etta James.
That being said, if “At Last” or “If I Ain’t Got You” is a song that means something to you and your fiancé then that should be your music. Above all else, the the most important quality in a first dance song is that it speaks to you as a couple!