Star Talent’s surefire advice on selecting a perfect first dance song.
Lots of big decisions when planning your wedding reception. Certainly selecting the right song for a first dance may well be one of the most significant choices made during the entire planning process.
There are no 2nd chances. Getting this one song choice right for some couples proves challenging — either too many favorites or no one song stands out. Rather then search the internet for lists and lists… We suggest taking a step back and first giving some thought to the type of song you wish. Then the perfect song may be found more easily.
Here’s an easy way to narrow your choices
5 Different Styles & Impressions for your 1st Dance
ROMANTIC | CONTEMPORARY | SENTIMENTAL | CLASSIC | FUN
1. ROMANTIC SONGS
These are the songs that convey the dreamy romantic moments of the first time you publicly dance together as a married couple.
This special moment can never be duplicated. For those that choose a romantic first dance, it’s really about looking into each others eyes and tuning out the 200 guests around them.
“When a Man Loves a Woman” – Percy Sledge
“Let’s Stay Together” – Al Green
“Let’s Get Lost” – Chet Baker
“Here & Now” – Luther Vandross
“Get Here” – Oleta Adams
2. CONTEMPORARY SONGS
These are the current or recent pop tunes generally selected because they are popular around the time of your wedding. These are the favorite songs that almost “mark” your wedding “in time” that year, that moment.
“A Thousand Years” – Christina Perri
“One & Only” – Adele
“Love on Top” – Beyonce
“Everything” – Michael Bublè
“I’m Yours” – Jason Mraz
3. SENTIMENTAL SONGS
These are the songs that you associate with when you first met or a significant moment or even a vacation you may have enjoyed together.
Many times the audience has no idea why this particular song was picked…but that’s ok it has meaning to you and that’s what counts. Recent picks include:
“Jammin” – Bob Marley – remembering a Caribbean vacation together
“Save Room” – John Legend – remembering a time when the Bride & Groom met
“Your My Home” – Billy Joel – remembering a concert they attended when dating
Recently a couple wanted to dance to the upbeat Rihanna hit “We Found Love” and I asked them if they were sure since the lyric is “We found love in a hopeless place.” They said yes they are choosing it because they met at work!!
4. CLASSIC SONGS
These are the songs that stay with you long after your married. You can be vacationing in Rome on your 10th wedding anniversary and walk up to the pianist in the hotel lobby bar and ask him to play “It Had to Be You” and he’ll probably play it for you. But if you ask for that song “Lovebird” by Leona Lewis that was popular back in 2013… you may get a puzzled look. A classic song you will hear for the rest of your lives together.
“It Had to be You” – Harry Connick Jr.
“At Last” – Etta James
“All The Things You Are” – Frank Sinatra
“L-O-V-E” – Nat King Cole
“The Way You Look Tonight” – Tony Bennett
5. FUN SONGS
These are the show stopping fun songs that convey your sense of humor and strike a tone of excitement and joy. There really is no limit here… Choreography is optional.
“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” – Aerosmith
“Hungry Like the Wolf” – Duran Duran
“Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” – Frankie Valli
“You’re My Darling Angel” – Shaggy
“Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Baby” – Barry White