The lights are dimmed and your guests surround the dance floor as you come together for your first dance. The epitome of romance and love, this is a meaningful moment to be cherished for a lifetime. Although traditionally a waltz, the first dance has expanded to a wide array of styles, with some couples even learning choreographed dances to their favorite songs, says Scott Hornak, CEO of Craig Scott Entertainment.
Though this can be entertaining for your guests, Hornak warns that some couples get too caught up in remembering the steps to enjoy the moment. He also cautions, “If you do take dance lessons, of any type, let your entertainment know what version of the song you are learning, as there are so many covers out there.” Hornak suggests that when you arrive at your reception site and have the initial reveal, do a run-through of your first dance with your band or deejay. With so many great songs on the radio today and classic love songs from yesterday, how do you choose the right melody that expresses your love and kicks off the party for your guests? Hornak suggests only dancing to the first verse of your song, then signaling the band or deejay with a dip for a faster song to invite the bridal party in and then finally the rest of the guests.
A few suggestions include “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra or “Everything I Have is Yours” by Billie Holiday, if you’re looking for something classic and romantic.
If you’re more of an upbeat couple, try “You are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne or “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys.
And for a lovey dovey song that really expresses your deep-down emotions, try “Making Memories of Us” by Keith Urban, “The Best You Can Give” by Tony DeSare, “This Never Happened Before” by Paul McCartney, “My One and Only Love” by Sting or “Feels like Home” by Chantal Kreviazuk.
And for the modern couple that wants something a little more hip, try “Grow Old With You” by Adam Sandler, “Ice Cream” by Sarah McLachlan or “All I Want Is You” by U2.
Keep in mind that your song choice shouldn’t influence your decision of whether to hire a band or a deejay, says Barry Herman of Barry Herman Entertainment in Livingston (800-915-1940; barryherman.com). “All band leaders have mp3 players that play through special sound systems in case the first dance song cannot be learned by the band,” Herman adds. However this is highly unlikely, and in most cases your band will embrace your song as strongly as you have.