Anyone who's attended a wedding has seen the first dance. The newlyweds first dance as husband and wife. It takes place immediately after entering the reception site following the announcement of the bridal party. Typically, it is a slow dance set to romantic music, but that doesn't mean that it has to be corny or boring. You might choose a wedding song that is traditional and upbeat or a sensuous romantic tune. You might even opt for something with a little more of a beat to it, perhaps R&B music. Are you having a beach wedding? Maybe reggae is more your style. Formal wedding? How about classy swing? The point is that there are no rules, except that your song should make you both feel comfortable while dancing in front of your friends and family (not to mention a beat that's easy to dance to).
In order to get a song that has the right feel to it, whether it be traditional, romantic, hip, or dramatic, the bride and groom should sit down together and discuss what style songs would make them most happy. To the couple:
* Which phrases in love songs speak to your hearts?
* Do you already have a song you relate to or a favorite artists you'd like to use?
* What type of music do you typically listen and dance to?
* What song is it that makes you both a little weak in the knees for each other?
Here are some suggestions for choosing the right style song:
* '''If your wedding is traditional... '''
: Your wedding is elegant and classy with just enough emphasis placed on style. You want your dance to be in key with the traditional wedding customs, and by no means is this a custom to pass up. The song will be romantic with great lyrics, a beat that's fit for the perfect slow dance, and will be sung by a traditional crooner, such as Sinatra, Etta James, Nat King Cole, Billy Holiday, or Ella Fitzgerald.
** "At Last" by Etta James
** "All My Life" by KC and JoJo
** "Amazed" by Lonestar
** "Endless Love" by Diana Ross and Lionel Ritchie
** "As Time Goes By (A Kiss Is Just A Kiss)" by Michael Feinstein
** "Unchained Melody" by the Righteous Brothers
** "Unforgettable" by Nat King Cole
** "The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra
** "When A Man Loves A Woman" by Percy Sledge
* '''If your wedding is romantic...'''
: You are typically caught gazing into each others eyes, taking long walks, and exchanging romantic words. The song you choose for your first dance will no doubt be of the romantic kind with sentimental lyrics that will make the guests want to cry for joy. Choose something such as "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong, "Come What May" from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack, "It Had to Be You" by Harry Connick Jr., or "Lovin' You" by Minnie Riperton.
** "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler
** "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston
** "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel
** "Dream a Little Dream of Me" by The Mamas and the Papas
** "Hero” by Mariah Carey
** "I Swear” by John Michael Montgomery
* '''If your wedding is unique...'''
: You aren't fond of sticking to the traditional and your wedding speaks loads about your one-of-a-kind personalities. Choosing a first dance song is all about making the wedding personalized to you and your partner. So, to add a twist, choose a song that puts a quirky, modern, or hip vibe into the air. You might even opt for something slightly humorous.
** "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
** "From This Moment On" by Shania Twain
** "In My Life" by The Beatles
** "Truly, Madly, Deeply" by Savage Garden
** "I Think I Love You," by The Partridge Family
** "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" by Lauryn Hill
** "Beautiful" by Mary J. Blige
** "Sweet Emotion" by Aerosmith
** "Kiss From A Rose” by Seal
** "Head Over Feet" by Alanis Morissette