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Wedding First-Dance Song Tips

3 Things You Need to Do Before Picking a First-Dance Song

If you're wedding planning, we've got plenty of help for you when it comes to music. There's a guide to the songs you have to pick out, and perhaps one of the most important tunes to decide on is for the first dance. We have 100 suggestions for the first twirl you'll take as a married couple, but there are other things to consider when picking your first-dance song. Here are the three things you should do when making this decision.

1. Dance to It

Sounds simple, but it's easy to choose your song and assume it's perfect because you love it, but your song does have to be the right tempo. Is it too fast? Is it too slow? You'll find out if it feels right to dance to by taking a practice run first. Test audience optional.

2. Decide What Vibe You Want

In this day and age, no one expects a waltz at every wedding, and doing a simple, easy sway in each other's arms is totally fine. That being said, you want your song to go with however you'll be dancing, so for example, a Frank Sinatra tune may not feel right with the simple sway. Should you want a song that's old school or formal, then you may want to consider taking dance lessons for the big day.

3. Don't Give Up on It If It Fails a Test

You don't have to let go of your first choice if it doesn't pass one of these tests immediately. Is the song too fast? Look for another version of the song, like another artist's cover, or the same artist's different arrangement, or acoustic version. Is the song too long? Your DJ can shorten it by fading it out when you want it.

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