The first dance songs are exactly the type of moments when our bands step up and deliver a world-class performance, but lots of work goes on well before the count-off. It all starts in consultation as we figure out what sort of direction the couple wants to take with their first dances. Here are some key questions:
1) How many dances would you like to have? Just the couples first dance? Or, Mother/Son, Father/Daughter, Horah, Square Dance, Etc 🙂
2) How long would you like the dances to be? Some people get very nervous after about a minute, and we know how to time the song just right to move the night along. Other people love the attention, and we make it to the third verse. Lots of couples also take dance lessons and work out a specific routine. This can be a fun and active wedding planning activity that may just bring you a little closer than a 3rd consultation with the florist. We love to work with Simone at: https://www.dancetogethernyc.com/wedding-dance.html
3) When should the dances be? After the couple’s introduction is a great time, but there are many ways to arrange the timeline.
4) Song selection? We can suggest songs, but much like the wedding ceremony we prefer that the couple chooses some music that is meaningful to them. Here are a few fun combinations from real weddings we’ve played in the past few years:
Couple: “Whenever I See Your Smiling Face” -James Taylor
Mother/Son: “Higher and Higher” -Jackie Wilson
Father/Daughter: “I Loved Her First” -Heartland
Couple: “Annie’s Song” -John Denver
Mother/Son:”Day’s Like This” -Van Morrison
Father/Daughter: “The Times of Your Life” -Paul Anka
Couple: “Higher and Higher” Jackie Wilson
Whole Family: Ceilidh Dance, Traditional Scottish Dancing, “Mair’s Wedding”
Couple: “Nothing Can Change This Love” -Sam Cooke
Mother/Son: “Rocking Down the Highway” -Doobie Brothers
Father/Daughter: “To Know You is To Love You” -BB King
*This was a Motown themed wedding, but the first dances were mostly Country!
Couple: “I Don’t Dance” -Lee Brice
Mother/Son: “My Wish” -Rascal Flatts
Father/Daughter: “I Hope You Dance” -Lee Ann Womack
Groom/Daughter: “Gracie Girl” -Ben Folds
Here’s a spotify playlist with the songs above:
The first dances are very special moments and we like to take a very individual approach with every couple. Anytime we book a wedding it is understood in our contract that the first dance songs will be special requests. See you on the dance floor!