How to Pick Your First Dance Song

Some couples may immediately know what the song for their first dance will be. However, many couples don’t have an easy time when it comes to making that choice. It’s a big decision, and you’ll want to make sure you pick the perfect tune! If you’re having a hard time picking out your wedding song, don’t worry. Here are a few tips that will help you find your wedding song match.


Decide on the Tempo

Before you even start looking at potential songs, you need to decide on what type of dance you’re doing, which directly impacts the tempo of the song that you’ll need. Traditionally, most couples will do a slow dance for their first dance, and naturally will need to choose a slower tempo song. However, if you’re throwing tradition out the window and going for a more up-beat first dance, you can choose a faster tempo song. Whatever your choice may be, be sure you have an idea of what kind of dance you want to do before making a list of potential first dance songs.


List Out Any Sentimental Songs

Unsurprisingly, many couples choose a song that has a special meaning to them. Look back on your relationship, and see if there are any sentimental songs that stand out to you that could be contenders. Maybe it’s a song that was playing at the restaurant when you were on your first date, or one that you both always turn on when you’re cooking dinner at home, or one from a memorable concert you went to together. Start listing out any ideas that come to mind to see if any songs could be your perfect wedding dance tune.


Pick an Artist or a Genre

If you both love a certain genre of music – or even a specific musical artist – look through songs in that category to see if there are any that would work well for your first dance. This will help you narrow down your search, making it a lot less stressful for you. Using a genre or an artist that you both love is also a great way to incorporate a more personal touch into your first dance, even if you aren’t able to find a sentimental song.


See What Your Parents Used as Their First Dance Song

Take a look at what both sets of parents used as their first dance song, and see if it’s something that could work for you. It’s a nice way to honor your parents – and it’ll make the song selection process that much easier for you!


Consider What Your Band Will Be Able to Play

Once you have a list of potential first dance songs, you’ll need to take into consideration what your wedding band will be able to play (if you have one). Discuss your options with your band to see what they can perform. You may need to pay extra for your band to learn your song if they’re unfamiliar with it. Even then, if the style of their music doesn’t fit the style of the song you chose, they might not be able to play it successfully. For example, if you have a jazz quartet, they likely aren’t equipped to play a rock song. Of course, if you’re set on a song that your band can’t play, you could always play the recorded version over a sound system.


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