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Wedding – Choosing Your First dance

The Perfect First Wedding Dance

The first dance is often one of the most difficult decisions for the wedding reception. What will work, what’s our favourite song, what’s appropriate, what will people think?

I often find myself calming both grooms and brides who are battling nerves in the lead up to the first dance. Heart thumping, dry mouth (not an excuse to have another drink), wide eyed and terrified expression. First Wedding dance

But here’s a little secret. There’s absolutely no need to worry – There I said it.

Yes the first dance is a special moment, a chance for everyone to applaud and coo and take a photo, but it’s not the be all and end all. It’s usually the start of the evening and the moment when everybody, yes everybody, let’s their hair down.

Most of all it’s an opportunity for the newlyweds to have a special moment and let the world see how much they’re in love. No stress, it’s not a show, and you’re not being judged.

I’ve DJ’d hundreds of weddings, I’ve seen full bridal party dance routines, I’ve seen grooms and best men doing the running man and I’ve seen just the newlyweds gently holding each other whilst swaying to the music, and all have been wonderful to see. There’s no right or wrong way. Just do what feels right. Your guests will enjoy it because they’re there to celebrate your big day. So don’t worry.

To give you some ideas here are a few first dance songs from recent weddings I’ve DJ’d.

  • Hot Chocolate – You Sexy Thing
  • Christina Perri – A Thousand Years
  • Kodaline – The One
  • John Legend – All of Me
  • Ed Sheeran – Perfect
  • Aerosmith – Don’t Want to Miss a Thing
  • Lonestar – Amazed
  • Jason Mraz – I’m Yours
  • Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
  • Bruno Mars – Just the Way Your Are
  • Foo Fighters – Everlong (Acoustic Version)
  • DJ Sammy – Heaven (Candle Light) mixed into club version
  • Jack Johnson – Better Together
  • Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes – (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life
  • Madness – Must be Love
  • Florence + the Machine – You’ve Got the Love
  • Andy Williams – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
  • Semisonic – Secret Smile
  • The Cure – Just Like Heaven
  • My Girl – Cotton Eye Joe – Riverdance mash-up

My advice is to pick a song that means something to both of you, lose yourself in the moment and then get on with the rest of the party.

But if you would like a little help to get you ready for the first dance why don’t you consider dance lessons? My friend Helen Brown – KINESISdance is a qualified dance teacher and has helped lots of people prepare their first dance. Whether you need a little help to give you confidence or even prepare a full-blown dance routine, Helen can definitely help. She’s fun too so you’ll have a blast.

If you would like to talk about your first dance or any aspect of the music entertainment for your wedding day please feel free to get in touch.

Look out for my next blog coming soon – The Dad/Daughter dance.