Weddings are events that linger in people’s minds long after they are over. They are heavily photographed, video recorded, and talked about for years. That’s one of the reasons people put so much emphasis on wedding dances.
I once attended a wedding and the evening started with the bride and her bridesmaids doing a dance routine to Dizzee Rascal. It was absolutely brilliant because it was completely her. Her personality shone through, they had so much fun doing it that you couldn’t help but smile and it set us all up nicely for a fantastic party. That was a great example of a bride doing exactly what she wanted on her wedding day and having the time of her life, after all your day is all about you!
The first dance can be nerve-wracking for any bride and groom, with all eyes on you there is a pressure for perfection but it’s important to remember that nobody cares or even notices if you mess up a bit or step on each other’s toes. The important thing is to enjoy what you are doing and be as comfortable as you can be, a little practise beforehand goes a long way towards easing the nerves and can perhaps help get you into your comfort zone.
Choosing a song for your first dance can be stressful, you want it to be meaningful for you both after all, it’s the song that you will hear in 30 years’ time and think ‘that’s our song’. No pressure then! A good starting point is to both make a list of familiar songs that you think might work, compare your lists and talk to each other about why you chose that song and why is resonates with you. Think about the lyrics, finding a set of lyrics that tell your story is the difference between a sweet love song and your love song. Picking a beat you can dance to is also important, If you are having a wedding band and have your heart set on certain lyrics but wish the song had a different rhythm, ask your band if they can do a customised rendition of the song for your wedding.
If you are looking for some inspration we have come up with a list of songs that we think are perfect first dance materiel.Some of these are a little bit under the radar and some are slightly more well-known but we love them all.
When You Got a Good Thing – Lady Antebellum
Into the Mystic – Van Morrison
Only Love – Ben Howard
The One – Kodaline
Harvest Moon – Neil Young
Never Tear Us Apart – INXS
Where to Begin – My Morning Jacket
Future Days – Pearl Jam
Where Ever You Will Go – Charlene Soraia
Where I Sleep – Emeli Sande
I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
I Don’t Dance – Lee Bryce
Grow Old With Me – Tom Odell
At the end of the day if you have a song in mind, you love the lyrics and you love the music, you should absolutely use it and make it work for you.