You and your future spouse have probably shared many dances during your relationship, but when you arrive at your wedding reception, you’ll dance together for the first time ever as a married couple. Your First Dance will be one of the most memorable parts of your wedding reception. The song you choose will be uniquely special to the two you for the rest of your lives. No pressure, of course!
Although it’s the most important song choice of the entire wedding reception, it doesn’t have to be difficult to choose. Here are a few ways you can make your selection:
Option 1: Choose the song you both consider “your song.” This could be a song that was playing when you first met, first danced together, first kissed, or simply one that holds a special meaning for the two of you. This option allows you to have a deeply personal connection to the music as you share your first dance as a married couple.
Option 2: Honor family tradition by selecting the same song that your parents or grandparents danced to at their wedding. This choice can be particularly meaningful if your family has a strong connection to music or a specific song has been passed down through generations. Plus, it’s a beautiful way to pay homage to your family history.
Option 3: Research songs with lyrics that best describe your relationship or capture the essence of your love story. There are numerous websites dedicated to transcribing song lyrics, making it easy for you to find the perfect words that resonate with your unique bond. You can Google song lyrics to your heart’s content until you find that perfect match. Also, be sure to use Spotify’s Lyrics button to quickly see the lyrics of any song you’re checking out to make sure it’s a fit.
Option 4: Are either of you musically inclined? If you’ve ever written and recorded a love song (especially if it was dedicated to your future spouse), it’s golden. Go for it! This option not only showcases your talent, but also adds an incredibly personal touch to your first dance, making it truly unforgettable.
Option 5: If you’re taking pre-wedding dance lessons in a specific style, consult your instructor for song recommendations that match the style of dance you’ll be performing. They’ll likely have a wealth of knowledge about suitable songs for various dance styles, ensuring that your first dance flows seamlessly and looks polished.
Option 6: Consider choosing a song from a movie, musical, or play that holds special significance for the two of you. Perhaps you saw a particular film or show together when you first met, or maybe a specific soundtrack has been the backdrop to your relationship. Selecting a song from this source can add a touch of nostalgia and sentimentality to your first dance, transporting you back to those cherished moments every time you hear it.
Option 7: Collaborate on creating a unique mashup or medley of songs that represent your journey together as a couple. This could include snippets from your favorite songs, songs that mark significant milestones in your relationship, or tunes that evoke special memories. Working with a professional DJ or producer can help you seamlessly blend these tracks, resulting in a one-of-a-kind first dance song that is truly representative of your love story. Amplify offers our Custom Production Mix add-on that allows you to book a professionally created mashup of your favorite options. Or you can try your hand at creating your own mashup by downloading a free app called Audacity.
Option 8: Still having a hard time? Check out our popular 150+ First Dance Song Ideas by Genre post to find popular songs that have resonated with other couples. Some may align with your personality and taste, while others may not – but that’s okay! Use these playlists as inspiration and a starting point for finding your perfect first dance song. We’ve created Spotify playable lists so you can listen to them and add them to your own Spotify wedding playlist!
If, after exploring these options, you still have a few potential choices and are struggling to make a final decision, don’t worry – we can help! There are various aspects of a song that you might not have considered, such as tempo, intro and outro, total length, and more. By taking these factors into account, we can assist you in narrowing down your options and selecting the perfect first dance song that will create a magical and memorable moment for you and your spouse.
Choosing the perfect first dance song for your wedding reception is a highly personal decision that should reflect your love story and individual personalities. Keep in mind that the most important aspect is that the song you choose resonates with both of you and encapsulates the essence of your love story. With the tips and suggestions provided here, we hope you’ll find the process enjoyable and stress-free. Ultimately, the most important thing is that the song you choose resonates with both of you, making your first dance a magical and unforgettable experience, setting the stage for a lifetime of love and happiness together.
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