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Many brides-to-be want to break away from the traditional approach with their weddings. After all, a wedding is one of the most important days in your life and you want it to be special and one-of-a-kind. If you plan on having a unique wedding, here are some interesting first dance ideas that you might enjoy.
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Learn a Dance
Imagine the look on your guests’ faces as you and your brand new husband step out onto the floor and perform a perfectly choreographed number! Not only will this be charming and entertaining for your guests, but it will be something you and your husband can cherish forever. Simply choose a great dance video and learn the dance to a particular song. If you and your husband are talented dancers, you can choreograph the moves yourself! Just a few songs that may fit in nicely with this first dance idea are:‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ by Queen ‘Fever’ by Peggy Lee ‘It Had to Be You’ by Frank Sinatra
Let the Crowd Join In
If you’re one of those brides-to-be who doesn’t enjoy being the center of attention for too long, perhaps you can invite everyone to join you and your new husband for your first dance. This is a charming twist to the traditional first dance and your guests will love being part of something so romantic. There are some really great songs that would be perfect for a group first dance as well, such as:The Glory of Love’ by Jimmy Durante ‘Everything I Do’ by Bryan Adams ‘A Groovy Kind of Love’ (covered my many artists)
Try Exploring Different Cultures
Rather than having a traditional first dance, why not shake things up a bit with ideas borrowed from different cultures? For instance, in Spain, it’s a tradition to perform the sequidillas manchega, a dance in which the guests take turns dancing with the bride.
While traditionally, gifts of money are given as each guest takes their turn, you can ask that guests write their wishes for the bride and groom on paper and hand those to the bride. With a little help from your DJ with the directions for the dance, this can be a charming change from tradition. Learn about other customary dances as well; perhaps one of them will appeal to you.
The first dance is considered a very special time of the wedding ceremony. It can be even more special if you use your own creativity to come up with a unique and fun idea!\
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A Little More Artist: Skillet Album: Collide Description Not Provided Lyrics v1:
love is all around you now so take a hold
hidden in our words it sometimes ain't enough
don't suffocate day after day, it's building up
'cause when you're feeling weak you know i'm strong enough
just one more day, one more day
oh, let the world crash love can take it
oh, let the world come crashing down
oh, let the world crash love can take it
love can take a little, love can give a little more
love is indestructible so take a hold
sometimes hard to find a reason good enough
i'll stand beside you never leave, through it all
and faith will bring a way to the impossible
you can find me
you can find me
you can find me anywhere
take a look over you shoulder
i'll be standing there
You’ve spent lots of time choosing the right music for your wedding and reception. After all that planning, the last thing you want to hear is a song you hate. Create a ‘do not play’ list for your band or DJ and you’ll never have to regret your reception music later.
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What is a ‘Do Not Play’ List?
Like the name implies, your ‘do not play’ list is a collection of the songs or types of music that you would rather not hear during your reception. Your DJ may request a ‘do not play’ list before the wedding; if not, just include it along with your traditional dance selections and the DJ will honor it.
How to Create Your List
My normal wedding planning advice applies to your ‘do not play’ list as well – it’s your day so it’s what you want! Your list may include specific songs or entire types of music; the most commonly included do not play requests are usually:Hard to dance to; Outdated; Overplayed; Or carry the wrong message.
Some brides prefer to leave line dances and cliché party songs out of the line-up, others may ask the DJ not to play any house or club tunes. Your ‘do not play’ list can include songs you hate, songs that may make your guests feel uncomfortable, or songs that make you cry – whatever tune that would make you cringe if you heard it at your reception!
Some DJs have created their own ‘do not play’ list for weddings, based on the preferences of other brides. There are also a few that allow you to create your play list and do not play list online, choosing from a selection of available tracks. It’s best to ask your DJ about these options early so that you’ll have plenty of time to get your list together.
Top 10 ‘Do Not Play’ Wedding SongsThe Macarena – along with all those other cheesy organized dance songs (Electric Slide, Chicken Dance, YMCA, Hokey Pokey, etc.). Celebration White Wedding Lips of an Angel by Hinder – and other cheating, breakup, or death-related songs, including Jesse’s Girl, Tears in Heaven, and I Will Survive. The Humpty Dance Love Shack Brick House Who Let the Dogs Out Hot, Hot, Hot Tainted Love – or any ‘bad’ love song.
The music will have a big influence on the mood of your reception, as well as your guests’ memories of your special day. Get started on your ‘do not play’ list now so nothing is overlooked!