Tips for Choosing Your First Dance Song

Your wedding will be one of the most memorable days of your life, and it’s understandable that you want everything to be just right. And while so much time is spent preening over the dress, the DJ, the hair, and the decorations, one thing that’s equally important (for some), but often gets overlooked, until the last minute is the first dance song.

Not everyone has a first dance. It’s entirely up to you at the end of the day. And if you’re marrying someone who has two left feet, then that’s probably a good choice anyway. For anyone else, finding the right song to have your first dance to can be daunting. However, it doesn’t have to be. You just need to prepare a little (preferably before the eve of your wedding).

In this article we’ve put together a few helpful tips to help you do just that. By the end you should have calm nerves and a good idea as to what your first dance song will be. So, first, let’s take a look at some of the some of the things to think about before making your final selection:

Song Type

While the traditional style of the first dance is to be nice and slow, there have been a lot more fast and upbeat versions hit the floor in more recent times. So really, it’s up to you to decide – do you want a slow and sensual first dance or a more upbeat, sexy one?

Dancing level

You need to keep it real. While putting on a show that makes you out to be the next Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, would be nothing short of amazing, unless you’ve been having dancing lessons foe the past year or so, you’re much better off sticking to something a little more simple. By the time the first dance comes around, you will have both already been on your feet all day anyway, so why make it harder for yourselves? If, however, you are some dedicated dancers and want to show off your moves then go for it. Just remember to choose something that you’re both comfortable at performing too, and that won’t cause you too many injuries carrying out.

Wedding attire

This is an easy mistake to make, but one that could cost you a lot in embarrassment. Be sure to choose a first dance song that suits the attire you’re going to be wearing. For example, if you’re going to be donning a beautiful, sequined, fishtail wedding dress, trying to carry out something like the lift from Dirty Dancing just isn’t going to happen.


Ideally, you want to choose a song that means something to both of you. Maybe you have a particular song you call yours? Perhaps there was a specific song playing when you first met? If not, why not look for lyrics from songs that describe your relationship together. It my take a little more time but will be worth it in the end.


The amount of space you have to dance in will also be a factor to consider. If you’re in a big hall or something, you probably won’t have much to worry about. But if you’re in a pub or function room, then be sure to assess your space and choose your song accordingly.

All-Time Favourite First Dance Songs

If you’re still unsure as to what song to choose, take a look at some of the below for inspiration. These are some of the most popular, all-time favourites used today:

  1. “Always on my Mind”, Elvis Presley
  2. “Just the way you are”, Billy Joel
  3. “I will Always Love You”, Whitney Houston
  4. “The Lady in Red”, Chris de Burgh
  5. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” Queen
  6. “Up Where We Belong”, Joe Cocker
  7. “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, UB40
  8. “The Best is Yet to Come”, Frank Sinatra
  9. “Let’s Stay Together”, Al Green
  10. “These Arms of Mine”, Otis Reading

These are just a few examples of some of the more classic songs out there. If you’re more of a rocker or country person, there are plenty of choices out there for that too. Whatever your preferred style of music, you can be sure the perfect first dance song is out there for you. All that’s left for you to do is think about what you do and don’t like, decide what you want, and stick to your guns. Then, let everything else fall into place and enjoy the rest of your lives together.