THE NOT SO GREAT CHOICES FOR YOUR FIRST DANCE SONG
Believe it or not, these songs have been played at real weddings.
Read on to avoid these classic faux pas.
You’ve had a lovely day. The wedding ceremony was the epitome of romance, the wine was flowing, the meal was exquisite and you’re ready to let your hair down. The newlyweds step onto the dance floor, taking each other’s hands and pulling each other closer. The music starts and after a few bars, you notice the odd awkward glance between guests. Then, you realise what the song is. Below, we share our opinions on wedding songs to avoid for your first dance.
5 Top Tips to Avoid A First Dance Song Disaster
- Google is a wonderful tool – so Google the lyrics of songs you think could be perfect for your first dance. Naturally, we only remember a small selection of lyrics to songs, and usually only the chorus, so make sure you actually understand the meaning of the song, before falling for sentimental, but misleading lyrics. On that note, always choose a clean version of a song – explicit content will be frowned upon by a portion of your guests, especially if you have invited children!
- If you don’t know all of the lyrics in the first place, it’s probably not the perfect first dance song for you. Stay safe and choose a song that you and your other half know off by heart and can enjoy in that special moment.
- Just because the song has a pretty piano part, or the soothing sound of an acoustic guitar doesn’t mean it is a love song! Think of any Adele or James Blunt song and you’ll get the idea.
- Don’t pick a song that is 7 minutes long. No one wants to watch that. Radio edits of songs, with the 3rd verse or self-indulgent guitar solo cut out, are created for exactly this reason. Our brains naturally tune out after that length of time, so track down a radio edit version of your favourite song and then everyone else can join in with the party sooner.
- If you are having a band play your first dance, ask them to send through a sample or rehearsal, so you know it sounds how you imagined, especially if you have chosen an obscure song that are having to learn from scratch.