First Dance as husband and wife
Oh, the first dance. It's a tried-and-true tradition (even though you obviously don't have to do it if you don't want to!), and there can be as much pressure to pick the first song as there is to, you know, actually dance.
So if you're trying to find that perfect song, Michael Taylor - who heads Star Talent in New York City (its bands have played for lots of big-name star weddings, including Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones)-has some important tips to consider.
"Instead of looking through lists of songs, take a step back and think about the type of song you wish to dance to in front of all those guests," he says. "Do you want it to be romantic or fun? Contemporary or sentimental?" After that, you can start narrowing it down. Here are some of his favorites-categorized!
Romance, romance "If you want to get caught in the moment as you gaze into each other's eyes and tune out those 200 guests around you, choose something romantic," he says. His suggestions:
"When a Man Loves a Woman," by Percey Sledge
"Stay Together," by Al Green
"Let's Get Lost," by Chet Baker
"Here and Now," by Luther Vandross
"Get Here," by Oleta Adams
Right now "If you're having a contemporary wedding, you may want to choose from currently popular tunes. That way, your first dance song will almost mark your wedding in time that year and that moment," he says. Like, for example:
"A Thousand Years," by Christina Perri
"One and Only," by Adele
"Love on Top," by Beyonce
"Everything," by Michael Buble
"I'm Yours," by Jason Mraz
Time and place "There are songs that you associate with the time you first met, a significant moment of your dating life, or even a vacation you enjoyed together," he says. "Many times the guests won't know why you picked a particular song for your first dance, but that's OK-it has meaning to you and that's what counts. These are some of the recent ones we've heard."
"Jammin, "by Bob Marley, helped a couple remember their Caribbean vacation. "Save Room," by John Legend, was a song that was playing when a pair of newlyweds first met. "You're My Home," by Billy Joel, was from a special concert a couple attended together. "We Found Love," by Rihanna, was a song a couple picked despite the line "We found love in a hopeless place" (because they met at work!).
Classy and timeless "If you want to be able to ask a pianist in a hotel bar in Rome to play a song for your 10th wedding anniversary, you may want to pick one of the timeless classics," he says-these songs will probably always be in style.
"It Had to Be You," by Harry Connick Jr.
"At Last," by Etta James
"All the Things You Are," by Frank Sinatra
"L-O-V-E," by Nat King Cole"
The Way You Look Tonight," by Tony Bennett
Pure fun "If you're the type of couple who wants a showstopping fun song to convey your sense of humor and strike a tone of excitement for the reception, there is really no limit here. And what's best, choreography is optional!"
"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," by Aerosmith
"Hungry Like the Wolf," by Duran Duran
"Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," by Frankie Valli
"You're My Darling Angel," by Shaggy
"Can't Get Enough of Your Love Baby," by Barry White
Nice! What's your first‐dance style? What song would (or did!) you choose?