Official Opinions: Choosing your first dance

As the busy summer wedding season quickly comes upon us, Carly, our Stitely Entertainment Event Planning Coordinator, has been receiving questions from clients about how to choose their first dances.  Here are some suggestions that can get you started, but if you have further questions please don’t hesitate to contact Carly at 847-866-8002.

When selecting your first dance, many things are important to consider. When you hear the song, does it make you feel good, put a smile on your face, make you think of your partner? Bottom line, it should feel personal to you. The lyrics should also feel right or resonate with you. Every line of the song won’t fit exactly with what you might want to say, but you should like the overall message and feel comfortable dancing to the lyrics. If there is a line that absolutely ruins the song in terms of a first dance, it can be re-written to fit the moment. A flexible bandleader will be able to work that out with you.

Also think about the circumstances of the first dance:
• How long do you want to be dancing in front of all your guests? “Stairway to Heaven” may be your favorite song, but eight minutes is a long time to be dancing to one tune. Find a song within the length you want, or work with the bandleader to adjust the song time by cutting down verses, playing the chorus again, etc.

• If you’re learning a dance, make sure you tell the band how fast or slow you want the song to go so you aren’t rushing or dragging. Send the bandleader an MP3 of the version you’re practicing.

• If you have your heart set on a certain version of the song, say Ben Folds singing “The Luckiest,” you can ask to play it on a CD or iPod.

Need some inspiration? Here are some first dances past clients have used at their weddings:

  • Because of You – Tony Bennett
  • Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You – Frankie Valli
  • Come Fly Away With Me – Frank Sinatra
  • Crazy Love (Van Morrison)
  • Dance Me to the End of Love – Madeleine Peyroux
  • Everything – Michael Buble
  • Falling Slowly – Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
  • Fly Me to the Moon – Frank Sinatra
  • God Bless the Broken Road – Rascal Flatts
  • If I Could Build My World – Marc Broussard
  • It Feels Like Home – Chantal Kreviazuk
  • It Had to be You – Frank Sinatra
  • Lucky – Jason Mraz
  • Moondance – Van Morrison
  • My Best Friends – Tim McGraw
  • Nothing Can Change This – Sam Cooke
  • Our Love is Here to Stay – Frank Sinatra
  • Save The Last Dance For Me – Michael Buble
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder
  • Something – The Beatles
  • Stand By Me – Ben E. King
  • Stay With You – John Legend
  • Sway – Michael Buble
  • The Best is Yet to Come – Frank Sinatra
  • The Real Good Thing – Marc Broussard
  • The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
  • These Arms of Mine – Otis Redding
  • This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole
  • True Companion – Marc Cohn
  • When You Say Nothing At All – Alison Krauss/ Ronan Keating
  • Your Song – Elton John

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