The first dance is traditionally danced first by the couple, then by the bride and his father, then the groom with his mother. For the couple this is the chance where they get to hold each other close and dance to a song that has a significant meaning in their relationship. When the bride dances with his father, this becomes a tearful moment for both as this may seem to be the last chance where the father gets to dance his little girl after giving her away.
Although there are no hard set rules for choosing a first dance song, most people choose to go with something slow and beautiful. This allows for a relaxing feel and although the dance itself may not be the most exciting dance for people to watch, it is very appropriate for the couple and the family members involved. Fast upbeat songs usually come later on in the wedding.
The bride and the groom should definitely the final say in what songs get used for these dances. They should get together with the wedding planner or coordinator, as well as any other family members and friends involved with planning the wedding. Then next step is to list as many songs that would be suitable for this first dance. Next eliminate some of the options one by one until you have your song picks. This can be one of the most fun parts of planning a wedding.
It is important that the first dance features a song that is romantic and carries love and hope with it. Choosing just one song may prove to be difficult when you don’t even know where to start. So to help you out, here’s a list of popular and meaningful songs you can choose from.
“You Are My First, My Last, My Everything” (Barry White)
“The Rose” (Bette Midler)
“You’re The Inspiration” (Chicago)
“Our Love Is Here To Stay” (Billie Holiday)
“At Last” (Etta James)
“Just The Way You Are” (Billy Joel)
“Heaven” (Bryan Adams)
“Tonight And Forever” (Carly Simon)
“Take My Breath Away” (Berlin)
“Endless Love” (Diana Ross & Lionel Richie)
“Can’t Help Falling In Love” (Elvis Presley)
“She’s Got A Way” (Billy Joel)
“The Best Is Yet To Come” (Frank Sinatra)
“Embraceable You” (Nat King Cole)
“Somewhere” (from West Side Story)
“As Time Goes By” (from Casablanca)
“Unforgettable” (Nat King Cole)
“Some Enchanted Evening” (from South Pacific)
“The Way You Look Tonight” (Frank Sinatra)
“So This Is Love” (James Ingram)
“Beautiful In My Eyes” (Joshua Kadison)
“Grow Old With Me” (Mary Chapin Carpenter)
“If I Loved You” (from Carousel)
“When I Fall In Love” (Nat King Cole)
“Wedding Song (There is Love)” (Petula Clark)
“Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You” (Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson)
“From This Moment” (Shania Twain & Brian White)
“Marry Me” (Neil Diamond & Buffy Lawson)
“Will You Marry Me?” (Vonda Shepard)
“Kiss From A Rose” (Seal)
“Devoted to You” by The Everly Brothers
“Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
Let your dance be truly inspired by a special song that brings warmth to your heart. Let your first dance be as romantic – maybe as the ones you see in Hollywood movies.
The first dance is symbolic in so many ways. And with your father and the groom’s mother dancing to the music as well, make it as meaningful as it can possibly by choosing a song that is special and significant.