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Choosing Perfect First Dance Wedding Songs

Melbourne Wedding DJ Hire

Hey there! Planning your wedding can be an exciting yet daunting task. Among all the decisions you need to make, one that truly sets the romantic tone for the night is choosing the perfect first dance wedding song. Trust me, it's not as easy as it sounds! But fear not, because I'm here to guide you through this difficult process sharing some Tips and Considerations from the many Weddings I've DJ'd at. I've also shared my curated Spotify First Dance Wedding Songs Playlist below. So let's put on our dancing shoes and dive into the wonderful world of first dance wedding songs!


  • Why the First Dance Song Matters

  • Top Factors to Consider

  • Classic vs. Contemporary: Which Way to Sway?

  • Unearthing Unique Gems: Lesser-Known Songs

  • Long-Term Love: Songs with Meaning

  • Crowd-Pleasers: Songs that Get Everyone on Their Feet

  • Making It Personal: Working with Your DJ for Special Edits

Why First Dance Wedding Songs Matter

The first dance song sets the mood for your entire wedding reception. It's that special moment when you and your partner take centre stage, surrounded by loved ones. The right song can make hearts flutter, tears flow, and create memories that last a lifetime. It sets the tone for the rest of the evening, making it a truly unforgettable experience for both you and your guests. So choose wisely, and let the melody express your unique love story.

Top Factors to Consider

Personal Taste and Connection: The first dance song should be a reflection of you as a couple. Consider your favorite genres, artists, and even songs that have played a significant role in your relationship. Choose a song that resonates with both of you, evoking emotions and memories that bring a smile to your faces.

Danceability and Tempo: While slow dances are the traditional choice for first dances, don't be afraid to mix it up! Consider your dancing abilities and comfort level. Choose a song with a tempo that allows you to move together gracefully and confidently. Whether it's a gentle sway or a lively twirl, find a song that complements your style.

Lyrics and Meaning: The lyrics of your first dance song should speak to your hearts and tell your love story. Consider the words carefully, ensuring they align with your relationship and evoke the right emotions. Whether it's a song that captures the excitement of new love or the depth of a long-term commitment, the lyrics should resonate with both of you.

Classic vs. Contemporary: Which Way to Sway?

Classic: There's something timeless and romantic about classic first dance songs. They bring a touch of nostalgia and elegance to your special moment. Consider choosing a classic song that has stood the test of time and is beloved by many. These songs have a magical quality that can transport you and your guests to another era, creating an enchanting atmosphere.

Contemporary: If you want to add a modern twist to your first dance, contemporary songs are the way to go. They capture the essence of today's love stories and bring a fresh, current vibe to the dance floor. From soulful ballads to upbeat pop hits, contemporary songs offer a wide range of choices that reflect the sound of the present and resonate with your generation.

Unearthing Unique Gems: Lesser-Known Songs

While popular songs often make great choices for first dances, don't overlook the hidden gems that exist in the music world. Exploring lesser-known songs can lead you to discover a beautiful and unique melody that truly represents your love story. Consider delving into indie artists, international music, or even B-sides from your favorite bands. These hidden treasures can surprise and captivate your guests, making your first dance truly memorable.

Long-Term Love: Songs with Meaning

A first dance song with deep meaning can create a powerful and emotional moment on the dance floor. Choose a song that holds a special place in your hearts, perhaps one that played during your first date or a song that reminds you of a cherished memory together. These songs become the soundtrack of your love story, representing the journey you've taken as a couple.

Crowd-Pleasers: Songs that Get Everyone on Their Feet

While the first dance is primarily about you and your partner, it's also important to consider your guests' enjoyment. Opting for a song that gets everyone on their feet creates a lively and festive atmosphere. Choose a crowd-pleaser, whether it's a timeless hit or an infectious dance track, that encourages your guests to join in the celebration and create unforgettable moments together.

Making It Personal: Working with Your DJ for Special Edits

Collaborate with your wedding DJ to create a customised version of your chosen song. I have been part of some amazing first dance using my DJ edits to match your preferences. I can trim the length to ensure the dance feels just right, adjust the tempo to better suit your dancing style, or even incorporate a surprise mix that adds a unique twist to your first dance. Working closely with your DJ ensures that the song is tailored to your liking and creates a truly personalized experience on the dance floor.

To Wrap Up...

Choosing the perfect first dance wedding song may seem like a daunting task, but with these steps you'll find the melody that captures your love and makes your wedding day even more unforgettable. So get out there and start swaying to the rhythm of your own love story!

Remember, love is like a good song – it's meant to be cherished, enjoyed, and danced to for a lifetime. Happy planning!

Rhythm and Beats is a Melbourne based DJ Hire Service specialising in Weddings, Corporate Events and Celebrations. With competitive pricing and a wide range of packages to choose from, be sure to Contact Me today to discuss your event requirements. Kev



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