First Dance & Wedding Songs
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The First Dance at a Wedding is a tradition that is almost a little outdated in this day and age. You see it came from a time when everyone danced ‘ballroom’ style and the waltz was a favoured form of dance. Nowadays when you’ve been brought up on nightclubs and raves, most think a ‘Quick-Step’ is just walking fast, and a ‘Foxtrot’ is a furry animal not quite running. So what you have is this tradition that in our experience of being a wedding band causes more stress to the Bride and Groom, than the ceremony itself. Our advice is have some fun with the moment.
The first dance is always the prelude to the covers band starting its performance, so get the MC to get everybody gathered on the edge of the dance floor.
Now…You need to pick a wedding song that does one of two things:
1. Pulls people in with shear emotion as they watch you get close and intimate.
2. Go the ‘fun’ route that gets people into a party vibe.
Some examples of popular emotional songs are:
1. Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton. Great for young and old with very personal lyrics. “…I say my darling, you look wonderful tonight..” Boom!
2. All of Me – John Legend. A popular modern song that seems to tick lots of boxes. Heartfelt and lyrics like “….Coz all of me, loves all of you, love your curves and all your edges, All your perfect imperfections..” Oh Yes!
4. Everything I do, I do it for you - Bryan Adams. No. 1 hit all over the world by Mr Adams, “…I would fight for you, I’d lie for you, I’d walk the wire for you, I’d die for you….’ No one sings a love song like Bryan, then he slept with his secretary. Oops.
5. The Titanic Theme – Don’t do it!!! Everyone will be choking on their drinks with laughter…this one is way too overdone and remember as beautiful as the song is, its about the fact the love of her life had died…
Some examples of fun songs are:
1. I was made for loving you – KISS. A cool way to kick off the first dance with some rocking ‘air guitar’ shapes, get everyone clapping along, and singing in the chorus and you’ve got a memorable first dance right there.
2. You never can tell - Pulp Fiction – Perfect old time rock n roll tune but it’ll take everyone back to the movie scene with John Travolta and Uma Thurman dancing with each other. Before long everyone will be joining in dancing their version of rock n roll jive, and the party has started.
4. I gotta feeling – Black Eyed Peas. This song sets things up for the party ahead. Remember you’re married now, you’ve got all your friends and family together for one night, the least you expect is for them to have a good time.
5. Gangnam Style – Oh dear god, this is one idea that needs to be thrown in the garbage right away. So old, so 2013, and now that everyone from Nana to your 4 year old cousin knows Psy’s ridiculous K-Pop moves it wont get the reaction you thought it would…possibly just loads of people heading to the bar or the loo.
One final hint, get your wedding band to perform the song if possible and encourage other guests to hit the floor in the second half of your first dance. From then on they should be kicking as$ with a set of covers that keeps the D-Floor pumping all night.