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How To Choose Your First Dance Song

When it comes to picking a first dance song, there’s a lot to consider.

It’ll be the song that plays as you have your first dance as a married couple, so it’s obviously going to be very special to you, and pretty significant that you get it right.

I’ve been DJ’ing at weddings for a long time now, and I’ve seen all manner of first dance songs, so here are a few tips on how to choose yours.

Tradition or not?

There’s a lot of first dance songs which are quite traditional.

These are the kinds of songs which have been played at a lot of ceremonies, things like “Time Of My Life” from Dirty Dancing.

What kind of song you pick will vary on the type of wedding that you’re trying to have.

If you’re after a very traditional marriage, then it is well advised that you look for some of the more conventional songs.

Sentimental value

Perhaps there’s one song you both love dearly.

It’s not uncommon for a couple to have one or two songs that mean the absolute world to them.

It could be what was playing when you first met; it could be something that you discovered together.

In any case, sometimes the best first dance songs are those tracks that make you both feel like you’re on cloud nine.

Theme song

No, I’m not talking about the James Bond theme here.

In this instance, you might find that the best wedding dance song for you is one which matches your theme.

Do you have a retro style wedding planned?

Is it a punk rock wedding where everyone’s in knee-high boots?

If you tailor your wedding to suit your taste, then it makes a lot of sense to make your first song match up too.

Dancing to your future

If you’re going to choose a first dance song, then it’s worth asking yourself one question.

Can you dance to this?

That is often one of the deciding factors for the first dance song.

If it’s loud, fast and furious, it is much harder to have a passionate and sentimental dance.

It is worth looking at all of the different potential songs, and seeing which of them would be best for a first dance song.

It’s always encouraged to choose something important, but you need to make sure you can dance to it as well.

Signing off

Overall, these are just a few tips for choosing your first dance song.

As a general rule, your first dance song should be important to you, as sentimental as possible, and something that will make your wedding as precious as possible.

Choosing a song is something of a difficult task, as a lot of couples will tell you, but there’s also a percentage of couples who are blessed with just knowing exactly what kind of song they want for their first dance.

At a basic level, you should pick something which has a lot of personal meaning to you, but try not to worry about it too much, as it shouldn’t be a source of frustration or irritation.

Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is one of the UK's premier wedding DJs and the winner of multiple industry awards and accolades. His favourite wedding song? Love Shack of course - a guaranteed floor filler! You can find him on Twitter at

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