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5 Best Tips + 35 Songs to Check Out for Your First Dance

Updated: Jun 18, 2020

“So what’s your wedding song” can, for some couples, be a difficult question to answer. Sure, there are songs you love together, but sometimes they aren’t “First dance” songs. Here are a few things to consider while thinking about your first dance.

  1. Choose a danceable and wedding-appropriate first song, find a first dance song that has a clear, strong beat, which will make it easier for you to dance to. Also, pay attention to the lyrics of the first song to make sure it is wedding appropriate.

  2. Enter the dance floor with confidence; the grand entrance of your first dance is important as all eyes will be on you! Stand up tall, keep your head up and enter the dance floor confidently, even if you want to die on the inside.

  3. Smile and look at each other, fake it until you make it! Make sure you smile when you dance. It is your wedding day, and you should look happy! Try to have fun and enjoy this lovely moment as you dance as a married couple for the first time!

  4. Keep your dance short and sweet. Dancing in front of people can be nerve-racking, and minutes on the dance floor can feel like forever. Keep the dance under 2 minutes; you can either have your DJ fade it out or your band play a shorter version of it.

  5. A picture-perfect dip at the ending of your first dance will be one of the most memorable moments for you and your guests. So, learn how to finish your first dance with this lovely dip safely and gracefully!

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Below is a comprehensive list of 35 great options to consider for the moment you two take the dance floor for the first time as a married couple, created by Harper’s Bazaar Magazine. Here’s a LINK to a playlist on Spotify for you to run-through and see what hits you as the perfect song.

  • Your Song” By Elton John

  • “I Found You” By Alabama Shakes

  • “All Of Me” By Billie Holiday

  • “Marry Me” By Train

  • “Endless Love” By Lionel Richie & Diana Ross

  • “The Way I Am” By Ingrid Michaelson

  • “They Can't Take That Away From Me” By Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

  • “For Once In My Life” By Stevie Wonder

  • “Groove Is In The Heart” By Deee-Lite

  • “Float” By Pacific Air

  • “With A Girl Like You” By The Troggs

  • “Put In All On Me” By Ed Sheeran Feat. Ella Mai

  • “Come And Get Your Love” By Redbone

  • “Forever” By Ben Harper

  • “Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You” By Ms. Lauryn Hill

  • “At Your Best (You Are Love)” By Aaliyah

  • “If I Ain’t Got You” By Alicia Keys

  • “Dontchange” By Musiq Soulchild

  • “Make You Feel My Love” By Adele

  • “Stay With You” By John Legend

  • “At Last” By Etta James

  • “To Know Him Is To Love Him ” By Amy Winehouse

  • “First Day Of My Life” By Bright Eyes

  • “Let’s Stay Together” By Al Green

  • “My Cherie Amour” By Stevie Wonder

  • “It Had To Be You” By Ray Charles

  • “The Makings Of You” By Curtis Mayfield

  • “Send It On” By D’angelo

  • “Better Together” By Jack Johnson

  • “That’s How Strong My Love Is” By Otis Redding

  • “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” By James Taylor

  • “Best Part” By Daniel Caesar Feat. H.E.R.

  • “For The Love Of You, Pts. 1 & 2” By The Isley Brothers

  • “The Point Of It All” By Anthony Hamilton

  • “By Your Side” By Sade

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