Picking the Song for Your First Dance

I was just checking out some of my older posts and recalled one about first dances — and what songs people like to pick to dance to. It’s a fun post, so I thought I would repost the list of songs. In this new year, there are more songs that should be added to the list — or rather, just one that a friend recently introduced me to. It’s a little non-traditional and is more like a pop-dance song to dance to, but it’s fun!

Photo from The Wedding Lens!

By the way, if I could find a link to the song online, I provided it – just click on the song title! I also linked to the artists’ website, if you click on the name of the artist.

So SmallCarrie Underwood

You Are the Best ThingRay La Montagne

Witness to Your LifeLori McKenna

Somebody LovedThe Weepies

UnforgettableNat King Cole

Can’t Help Falling In LoveElvis Presley 

The Way You Look TonightFrank Sinatra

It Had To Be YouHarry Connick, Jr.

What a Wonderful WorldLouis Armstrong

Endless LoveDiana Ross & Lionel Richie

I’ve Been Loving You Too LongSeal

Little WondersRob Thomas

Say Hey (I Love You)Michael Franti & Spearhead

What song will you be dancing to? Share it!

~ Natasha

Dance Lessons for the First Dance?

Photo from The Wedding Lens

Photo from The Wedding Lens

Many couples take dance lessons to perfect the first dance…. others don’t. What will you do?

Happy dancing!

The Father-Daughter Dance

So you and your dad are going to have the traditional father daughter dance, but you’ve got some questions — mostly “what will we dance to?”

Here are some suggestions:

  • Bob Carlisle’s “Butterfly Kisses”
  • Heartland’s “I Loved Her First”
  • Kenny Rogers’s “Through the Years”
  • Frank Sinatra’s  “The Way You Look Tonight”
  • Natalie Cole’s “Unforgettable”
  • Amy Grant’s “My Father’s Eyes”

Some “non-cheesy” songs suggestions from the Offbeat Bride:

  • Loudon Wainwright’s “Daughter”
  • 10,000 Manaics “How You’ve Grown”
  • Ben Folds’ “Still Fighting It”

What’s your favorite father-daughter dance song?

~ Natasha

Looking for a gift that both father & daughter will love? How about an online photo album filled with all the photos from your guests?

Your First Dance

You’re trying to pick the song for your first dance as a married couple. Where do you begin? Obviously, some couples have a song that is “theirs” – one that has special meaning for them already. But other couples need some assistance picking a song that works for them.

first-dance

You want to pick a song that is wedding-appropriate, meaningful, but not overly emotional for you. (As The Wedding Bee points out, you don’t want to be crying on the dance floor! Although my caveat is that anything would make me cry, so I’m not sure that would apply to everyone!)

Here are some songs that might work. This list has been compiled from a variety of sources: The Wedding Bee, IDoPersonalGifts, HereComeTheGuide, and my friends. I just want to make sure everyone gets credit for their searches and hard work! By the way, if I could find a link to the song online, I provided it – just click on the song title! I also linked to the artists’ website, if you click on the name of the artist.

So SmallCarrie Underwood

You Are the Best ThingRay La Montagne

Witness to Your LifeLori McKenna

Somebody LovedThe Weepies

UnforgettableNat King Cole

Can’t Help Falling In LoveElvis Presley 

The Way You Look TonightFrank Sinatra

It Had To Be YouHarry Connick, Jr.

What a Wonderful WorldLouis Armstrong

Endless LoveDiana Ross & Lionel Richie

I’ve Been Loving You Too LongSeal

Little WondersRob Thomas

What did you pick as your song? Why?

~ Natasha

Time of the Wedding: Day verses Night

While you may not have control over what time your perfect venue is available, it is a good idea to have a time in mind — at least whether you want a day or a night wedding or reception. (Obviously, there are lots of things to keep in mind when selecting a day!)

daytime-wedding

During a day-time wedding people may feel uncomfortable drinking or dancing during the daylight or people may have to leave early (or wish to leave early).  These could be reasons not to have a daytime wedding, BUT if you are on a tight budget, this might be the perfect arrangement.  And, your close friends and family will, presumably, stay around to drink and dance. Photos will come out better during the day (assuming you are outdoors!)

A night wedding doesn’t risk the drinking, dancing,  leaving early issues (as much) BUT there are drawbacks to the night wedding too. Because of all that drinking and dancing, it may be more important to consider transportation options for your friends and family.

What some friends have done is hold the ceremony during the day (in daylight for better photos and sunshine and all that) and have a reception that follows a little later (either in a different location OR at the same location with a cocktail hour in between and dinner as it gets darker). It is a way to have the best of both worlds!

What do you think? Do you have a preference?

~ Natasha