First Dance Song: 3 Guidelines for Narrowing Down Your Choices

Elena Edwards
May 7, 2020

If you're like many couples, choosing your first dance song has left you scratching your head and completely overwhelmed. You want your first dance to be perfect- tasteful, meaningful, and true to your personalities. That's why we're sharing these guidelines to help, and listed our favorite first dance songs from over the years.

1: Memories

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First, go down memory lane! Was there a song playing on your first date? Or the moment you first locked eyes? What song comes on the radio and makes you think of your partner?
My husband and I started dating in high school, and if I hadn't chosen the song we ended up dancing to, the close runner-up was "Green Eyes" by Coldplay. I remember having my iPod touch and earbuds in, thinking "I'm gonna marry this guy one day." (Yes, my husband has green eyes.)

2: First Dance Song Lyrics

First Dance Song
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Next, check the lyrics! Does it make sense? Sure, it may have a great tune and sound romantic, but does the meaning match? There's quite a few seemingly forever love songs that are actually about breakups!
My husband and I were watching TV one day, and a Corona beer commercial came on, and the song playing was perfect. We looked at each other and said "That's it!"
Our first dance song was "Let's Be Still" by The Head and The Heart.

3: First Dance Song Pace

First Dance
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Lastly, consider the pace of the song. This is a personal decision- mainly pertaining to personality.

Fast Songs: Choreograph and practice ahead of time! It makes for a truly memorable, exciting experience, and dance lessons leading up to the event is a great way to have quality time and exercise together.
Check out Lauren & Grant's EPIC First Dance on our Instagram TV channel.

Slow Songs: You have the opportunity to pause together and have an intimate few minutes before the party gets started. If you don't like crying in front of a crowd, this is probably not your option!

First "Look"
Photo by Tamara Gibson Photography

Whether or not you opt for a slow song, we 100% recommend scheduling intentional time together during the wedding day- whether that be a first look, slow first dance, a head table to share dinner together, or a private last dance.

A Few of Our Favorite First Dance Songs

Slow Pace
"XO" by John Mayer
"Lover" by Taylor Swift
"Take Me With You" by Edward + Jane
"Speechless" by Dan + Shay

Fast Pace
"500 Miles" by The Proclaimers
"I Believe" by Jonas Brothers
"Make You Mine" by PUBLIC ft. MisterWives
"Take Me With You" by Edward + Jane

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