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Don’t stress over choosing your first dance song! With thousands of tunes to choose from, you’ll find a song that speaks to you and your almost-spouse – it’s just a matter of taking the time to look – and listen. Check out our top tips for selecting “your song.”
Think About Your History Take a look back – way back – to the most important moments in your relationship. The night you met, the first “I love you,” your proposal. Were there any songs that made those moments even more special? If there’s a song that you’ve been listening to or singing together for the duration of your relationship and feels appropriate for your wedding, go for it!
What’s Your Style? If there’s no song that immediately jumps out at you, think about your personality as a couple and the type of song you want. Something romantic and emotional or sweet and a little cheeky? Do you prefer country or rock or pop? Deciding on some general guidelines will help narrow down the thousands of choices out there.
Listen, Listen, Listen Pay more attention to the music you listen to, and be sure to visit our Songs Gallery to check out more first dance song options. Note any songs that you like, and listen to them with your fiancé(e). Ask him/her to do the same. Schedule some time each evening to listen to song options until you’ve found one you both agree on.
Consider the Lyrics While listening to potential first dance songs, pay close attention to the lyrics. Make sure there’s no inappropriate language or content that would make your Grandma Ethel blush. Some songs may sound super sappy and romantic at first listen, but the language may not be entirely wedding-appropriate.
Not Too Fast, Not Too Slow Practice dancing to the song – even if it’s just in your living room. A song should neither be too fast (hard to keep up!) nor too slow (too dull). Also consider the length of the song – a first dance song should be less than three minutes long. If your song runs too long, you can ask your band or DJ to cut it off at a certain point.
Talk to Your Band or DJ If you’re still having trouble finding a song that speaks to you, talk to your wedding band or DJ. They have lots of experience and will be able to suggest some tunes that will work with your style.
Come to an Agreement There are thousands and thousands of songs that will work well for a first dance – so don’t despair if you and your significant other don’t come to an agreement right away. This is a song that you’ll also remember and associate with your wedding, so it’s important that it’s a tune that you both can live with.
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With each and every wedding season comes new songs that either make it or break it on the billboard charts or on the reception dance floor full of guests. Other than choosing the obvious tunes for the grand entrance, first dance, father-daughter dance, mother-son dance, and last dance, what else do you need? A cake cutting melody in-between! Check out our favorites from 2014 that are just as sweet (and upbeat) as all of your treats:
1. "Happy" by Pharrell Williams
2. "Trumpets" by Jason Derulo
3. "Best Day of My Life" by American Authors
4. "All of Me" by John Legend
5. "My Everything" by Ariana Grande
6. "Who I Am With You" by Chris Young
7. "She Looks So Perfect" by 5 Seconds of Summer
8. "Somebody Loves You" by Betty Who
9. "Love Never Felt So Good" by Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake
10. "I Don't Dance" by Lee Brice
11. "Kiss You Tonight" by David Nail
12. "I Choose You" by Sara Bareilles
13. "I Will Never Let You Down" by Rita Ora
14. "Tonight Looks Good on You" by Jason Aldean
15. "Time Of Your Life" by Robin Thicke
16. "Love Someone" by Jason Mraz
17. "You and I" by One Direction
18. "Unconditionally" by Katy Perry
19. "Rather Be" by Clean Bandit
20. "A Sky Full of Stars" by Coldplay
21. "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith
22. "One" by Ed Sheeran
23. "It Was Always You" by Maroon 5
24. "Still Into You" by Paramore
25. "Here's to the Good Times" by Florida Georgia Line
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The music you choose for your wedding ceremony should be very special. Many couples choose songs that have a special meaning to them or music which sets the mood for the beautiful ceremony that is about to take place. Although there is no set rule when it comes to the music, the songs are generally played at specific times.
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If your wedding will take place in a church or other sacred location, it’s important to check with the site’s authority to find out what music will be acceptable. Typically, the traditional wedding music, such as the Bridal Chorus from Wagner is perfectly acceptable for religious weddings. More modern music may be acceptable as well, so long as it’s in good taste.
For the prelude, you should choose music that means something to you and your spouse. This may be a song that holds special meaning for the two of you, such as the first song you danced to or a song that you feel describes your relationship. This music should be played soft and usually lasts for about 10 to 15 minutes.
As your wedding party makes their way into the room, traditional marches are great. However, you can choose to play any type of song you want. If you will be having a themed wedding, consider music that complements your particular theme.
Again, this is your choice – however, many brides opt for the traditional bridal chorus which is also known as ‘Here comes the bride.’
As you and your wedding party make your way from the church or room after the marriage is completed, you may want to play something celebratory in nature and upbeat. Consider songs that make you feel wonderful fit the mood – you will be married for mere minutes at this time. It’s the very beginning of your married life!
It can be difficult to determine which songs to choose for your ceremony. However, by thinking of songs that have special meaning or inspire feelings of love and happiness – you will have your ceremony song list in no time!