Wedding First Dance Ideas

With a dozen things on the wedding checklist, the first dance is often a last minute consideration for many couples. We all remember those Julia Roberts rom-coms with the classic, ever-romantic first dance scenes, but not every couple is sold on the idea of timeless tear-jerkers. To follow are some alternative ideas to help couples break away from the customary first dance and plan something different and unique.


Be Rebellious

It goes without saying that your wedding is all about you. Don’t be afraid to ignore the lovey-dovey classics and embrace your own musical taste. Whether you decide to raise eyebrows with some heavy metal, unleash your inner Sid Vicious and hidden tattoos, or go head to head in a rap-off to your favourite rap song, guests are sure to be entertained if the happy couple are enjoying too.

Plan A Routine
 For an element of surprise, why not dazzle your guests with a fancy dance routine? You don’t have to be a professional to master the robot or do the twist.

Create A Medley
For couples who just can’t decide on that one special song, crafting a medley or mashup of favourite songs could be the perfect solution. If deejaying is not your strong point, hiring a professional DJ who will be able to turn your selected tunes into a sleek medley is a must.

Involve your Guests
Some couples shy away from the limelight, and will dread the notion of the compulsory first dance. If you and your partner find yourselves anticipating the moment with fear, take a different approach: shrug off any awkwardness by getting your guests up and dancing too! For those that like cheese, Gangnam Style, the Cha Cha Slide, and even the conga can be crowd pleasers, and will help get your guests in high spirits for that lively wedding disco.

Other Things To Consider
When choosing your first dance song, be it a timeless classic or something alternative, here are a few things to bear in mind:
  • Length of song. While you may enjoy a song with a ten minute drum solo, it could become a bit tedious for your guests. Opting for something short and sweet is usually a good idea.
  • Your dress. Despite picturing yourself jiving and jumping into the jazz splits, your outfits may be too restrictive. Consider alternative party outfits following the ceremony.
  • The lyrics. Pay attention to the lyrics of your chosen song, and ensure they are suitable for everyone present, especially your grandmother!
If you’re still stuck for ideas, get in touch

A Few Regularly Asked Questions

Please Bear In Mind These Questions And Answers Are My Personal Opinion Thats Why I Put Them On A Blog Not Facebook !

How Do I Find A Good DJ?
Word of mouth and recommendations are a good start.
Google is OK, but remember the top page listings are there because they’ve paid Google. It does not guarantee the quality of their work.
What venues is the DJ playing at REGULARLY ? Nothing wrong with Workingmens Clubs but I dont play there.

How much should we budget for the DJ?
As much as you can afford, as with everything, the best comes at a premium. Scrimp and scrape at your peril. Generally it’s one of the smaller costs of the day but one of the most important. All your guests will remember the music and entertainment above everything apart from the dress.

How far in advance should we book the DJ?
One year particularly during the summer months to get the DJ your want, although I do get bookings with just weeks to spare.

What are the advantages of choosing a DJ over a live band? 
Cost, choosing a DJ will give you extra cash to spend on things like lighting and dance floors. Djs are also far more versatile in the music that can be played however I'm sure bands will have a different spin on this !

Our Playlist
Our tastes cross over hip-hop, country & pop. Will the DJ have a back catalogue that covers all music types and will he be able to blend the genres smoothly?
Indeed I will. Also, your eclectic tastes will go down a storm on the dance floor. Mixing up the musical genres is sure to keep everyone happy.
Will the DJ be offended if we list every single song we want played and don’t give him the freedom to include additional songs?
Not offended, but from experience this can kill the party. If you’re paying top money for your DJ, you’re paying for experience. If you want to choose all the music and in which order you want them played, you may as well plug in an ipod. Good DJs know and have tracks that will link your request list together to create as seamless and flowing a DJ set as possible.

How do you know if we hate a certain song and is it unreasonable for you to refuse guest requests if the bride or groom has vetoed that song?
I would always ask clients for a list of tracks they don’t like. If requests are received on the night that don’t fit within the clients style and personality, they shouldn’t be played. Guests generally understand this.

What makes a good first dance song? We need help!  We’re also need to pick an exit song. Any classics that you can suggest?
Remember it doesn’t have to be slow for the first dance. First dances I’ve seen work best include dance classic Daft Punk’s “Digital Love” and from the 60’s The Turtles “Happy Together”. For the exit, it really depends on what you and your guests are in to which by the end of the night I will of worked out.

How much set up time will the DJ need on the day of the wedding? Break down time?
All DJ set ups will vary but as a rule, for us it’s a maximum of one hour for a standard set up. This can also vary greatly depending on what equipment is being booked.

Not a definitive list of questions and if you can think of anymore drop me a line and I'll add it to the list.