Dance With Me

September 2, 2015 / Music & Entertainment, Planning / By:

Of all the ‘firsts’ you will be experiencing whilst becoming a bride, your first dance as a part of a married couple is one of the most magical.  Whether you’re a classic bride with dreams of slow dancing nestled in your beloved’s arms, or an edgy bride with visions of coordinated break dances, every bride an use some wedding inspiration. Typically a bride’s first-dance song will reflect her wedding’s overall theme, but of course there are no rules in planning your special day, so feel free to get creative!  No matter your bridal style, the perfect song for your first dance is out there, let me show you how to hear it!

Modern Party Bride: More and more brides are opting for upbeat first dances, some even with coordinated dance-moves, taking their guests completely by surprise!  If you love fast-paced dancing, and all things Top-100, you’ll likely love jamming out to 2015’s latest hits.  I suggest favorites like ‘Shut Up and Dance’ by Walk the Moon, ‘Sugar’ by Maroon 5, and ‘All of Me’ by John Legend.  The song ‘Uptown Funk’ by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars is also perfect for dance routines, check it out!  If none of these three don’t quit fit your style, just search the Top 2015 Wedding Songs and you’re sure to find the perfect fit.  Tip: Check out the Video for Sugar’ for some major Los Angeles Wedding Inspo, wedding crashers style!

Country Bride:  Mason jars line the perimeter of your outdoor wedding, which may even take place in a refinished barn, you wear cowboy boots under your dress, and your color scheme consists of bright yellows and rustic browns, you might just be a Country Bride! If your first dance takes the form of a slow dance, I suggest songs like ‘I Cross My Heart’ by George Strait, and ‘Could I have This Dance’ by Anne Murray.  If you’re looking for a more contemporary country flavor, try ‘Amazed’ by Lonestar, ‘I Don’t Dance’ by Lee Brice, and ‘Bless the Broken Road’ by Rascal Flatts.  A quickly-paced and super contemporary option for this kind of bride is ‘Wild at Heart’ by Gloriana.

Rocker Bride: You’re the rocker bride, loud and spunky; don’t hide your light for a subdued first song!  Keep your spark about you by choosing from some of these classic rock hits: ‘Head Over Heels’ by Tears for Fears, ‘Hold My Hand’ by Hootie & The Blowfish, and ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ by AC/DC.  Looking to slow it down without losing the rocker edge? I suggest ‘In Your Eyes’ by Peter Gabriel, ‘November Rain’ by Guns ‘N Roses, and ‘Bittersweet Symphany’ by The Verve.

Free Spirit Bride: Maybe you’re the type of bride that doesn’t have a type!  You know what you like and you don’t need to have your themes all aligned: you might be a free-spirited bride!  No matter your wedding’s overall vibe, maybe you’re feeling particularly Indie on your special da, try ‘Ho Hey’ by the Lumineers, or ‘I’m Yours’ by Jason Mraz.  Maybe your soulful side collides with your soft side, try a heartfelt tune like ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri.  Maybe on your special day your feel like belting out the lyrics to an upbeat hit, I suggest ‘Love on Top’ by Beyoncé.  For an upbeat throwback hit, try ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’ by Whitney Houston.  Don’t let wedding themes restrict your music selection, freely flow through the vast sea of music choices and let your free-spirit personality shine!

Classic Bride: For every modern bride out there, there’s that classic bride, who fell in love with slow jams and the jazz tunes of the 20’s, and never looked back.  For all you old souls out there, I suggest ‘I Can’t Help Falling in Love’ by Elvis Presley, ‘Unchained Melody’ by The Righteous Brothers, ‘L.O.V.E.’ by Frank Sinatra, and ‘My One and Only Love’ by Louis Armstrong.  If you’re a bride looking for a classic-wedding feel with a modern twist, check out my personal favorite: ‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran!

The lists go on and on, each song more beautiful than the last.  It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the incredible number of music choices, but remember to stay true to your personality and bridal style.  Above all, make your First Dance personal and memorable, and know that no matter what music is playing in the background, all you’ll be able to hear is the thoughts in your head, as you gaze up at the one you just married.

Photo Credits: Mariya Pugacheva Photography

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