A wedding contains many special moments and memories that will last for a lifetime. One of the most cherished traditions found in most weddings is the first dance. This is an extremely intimate moment between husband and wife shared publicly for all of the guests. Because of this, it’s important to choose the perfect song. Fortunately, if you keep a few key things in mind, it’s relatively simple to pick a song that helps create the perfect atmosphere and setting for your special dance.
Know Your Abilities
One of the most important facets to consider when choosing your song is the type of dance that the song requires. For example, most ballads found in country music are slow and steady enough that a simple “hug and sway” approach will suffice. This is great if you and your partner aren’t great dancers, but awful if you want to show off.
Think about the types of dances that you and your partner enjoy. Then, choose a song accordingly. Most importantly, be honest with yourself. Don’t choose a waltz if you haven’t been out dancing together in years!
Consider Your Audience
While the dance is a moment between you and your partner, it is a public moment. That means the impact it has on your audience is almost as important as the personal meaning it has for you. It’s important, then, to consider your audience when choosing your song.
Since your audience likely comes from a wide range of ages and tastes, try to stick to classic, timeless songs. These tend to have broad appeal and work well for everyone. Also, in the future, you won’t feel sheepish for having a song as a couple that was nothing more than a passing trend.
Be Prepared To Compromise
Most importantly, the song for your first dance has to be a song that you and your partner enjoy. This is the song that you associate with your wedding for years to come. In order to come to a consensus, you might have to make a compromise.
The easiest way to do this is to avoid fighting for your choice. Try to generate a list of suitable choices before you sit down to discuss your choice with your partner. That way, if you reach an impasse, you can suggest a new alternative rather than duke it out over your must-have song.
Above all else, remember that your first dance is just one of many moments that you’ll cherish from your wedding day. You should certainly try to pick the perfect song, but don’t worry too much if you regret your choice later. There will be plenty of cherished memories from that experience regardless!