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Which Song Should I Pick for my First Dance

Common Musical Tastes:

Sometimes, opposites really do attract, so it’s possible that you and your fiancé don’t share the same taste in music. Narrow down the selection by focusing on one genre you both do like. It could be anything from 70’s 80’s or 90’s. If it’s country then go for that. Youtube music can be a great place to start scrolling and seeing what you both like.

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Can you dance?

Sounds straight forward but a lot of couples or at least one in the couple may have 2 left feet. It can and believe me it does happen. Don’t for one second let that put you off though. I’ve played at so many weddings, believe me I’ve seen it all. If you can’t dance then pick a song where you can just shuffle around the floor and no one will be any the wiser.

The song we both love is very long

My advice to all couples is to pick a song that isn’t long. 3 minutes is more than enough for a first dance. A lot of couples hate the limelight and don’t want to be on the dance floor for very long with everyone looking at them. If however, your song is a bit longer, tell your Wedding DJ. If he’s experienced he’ll be able to guide you. For example I’ve often shortened songs for couples. A simple bit of editing can shorten a 5 minute song to 3 minutes and no one will even notice. On the other hand I’ve also got a few tricks up my sleeve to get all your guests involved and will make your first dance one you’ll never forget.

First dance songs

Here’s just a small sample of popular first dance songs

  1. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  2. You Are The Best Thing – Ray Montagne
  3. At Last – Etta James
  4. All of Me – John Legend
  5. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
  6. Make You Feel My Love – Adele
  7. I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
  8. Everything – Michael Buble
  9. Better Together – Jack Johnson
  10. Amazed – Lonestar

First dance songs with something a little different

Don’t be afraid to move away from a slow song. Believe me it’ll make it more memorable. He’s a taste:

  1. You Make My Dreams (Come True) – Hall & Oates
  2. Stuck with You – Huey Lewis
  3. Kiss Me – Sixpence None the Richer
  4. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
  5. Shut Up and Dance – WALK THE MOON
  6. You’ve Got the Love – Florence + The Machine
  7. Happy – Pharrell Williams
  8. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
  9. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – Marvin Gaye
  10. Better Together – Jack Johnson
  11. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Frankie Valli
  12. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
  13. Is This Love – Bob Marley & The Wailers
  14. Marry You – Bruno Mars
  15. Everything – Michael Bublé

One important thing when picking your First Dance music

I always, always say to couples make sure you love the song. Every time you hear that song in the future you will be transported back to your dance floor in front of all your guests. Make it a song you love


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