How to pick a memorable first dance song
10 Jun 2016
Make your first dance memorable for all the right reasons and give your chosen song some careful consideration
When it comes to your first dance, there will be eyes, digital cameras, smartphones and Snapchats at the ready to capture the ‘moment’ - so it pays to do some forward planning on your chosen song.
Harriette Hale of Chocolate Box Music, which provides entertainment for weddings and events, proffers her advice.
1. Meaning behind the music
You may want to think about a song that reminds you both of a special moment; perhaps something that was playing during your first date, at your first festival together or during a memorable holiday.
Alternatively, you may want a song with lyrics that sum up your love for each other, so a well-known love song or something with a romantic theme will work well.
Or you may just want to pick a song you both really like – if you can both agree on a particular artist or track, that can sometimes be the easiest way to pick a song.
2. Feel the rhythm
When it comes to the instrumental, the sonics should complement your movements and not hinder or force them. Generally, ballads and songs that fall in the jazz, R&B or soul genres tend to work well.
These typically slower tempo tracks help to set the mood and are usually easier to dance to. But it really is up to you to pick a song that suits you both, and if you want a fast dance track as opposed to a slow Waltz, you should go for it!
3. Consult the band
The other thing to bear in mind, if you’re having a live band, is whether they can play the song you want. Make sure you do your research and find out whether they can play whatever style of music your chosen song falls into.