Choosing a first dance song for your wedding is tough. There’s so much to consider. Can you actually dance to it? Is it too long or too short? Is it too obscure or too cliché? Does it fit your wedding vibe and your personality as a couple?
There are lots of qualities to look for in a first dance song, but I think the best ones are those that are both romantic and fun. They are the songs that make people put down their salad forks and pay attention.
I’ve been to a lot of weddings, and I’ve also written a lot about first dance songs. My own will obviously always be my favorite, but thanks to my cousin who got married this past Saturday, I have a pretty close second.
I don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith.
Aerosmith isn’t really my thing, and the song choice kind of surprised me. But as the bride and groom swayed across the floor I realized I was really into the song, and so was everyone else. We were belting out all the notes with the raw emotion of people who can’t sing and don’t care. We had the hand gestures and the facial expressions down. Like celebrity-lip-sync down. Everyone basically transformed into Steven Tyler. It was theatrical and dramatic and all out magical.
A Song That Everyone Can Get Into
Then the happy and beautiful couple did my most favorite thing that you can do in a first dance; they invited everyone else onto the dance floor to finish out the song. The guests let loose. They got even more into it standing up than they had been sitting down.
All around the dance floor my relatives joined hands or embraced. We swayed together and played air guitar together and really felt all of those lyrics.
Every moment spent with you is a moment I treasure.
The song was perfect. It was fun and entertaining and it let everyone know that their presence there was appreciated and meaningful.
As you plan your wedding there is so much you want to do for your guests. You want to have great food and personalized welcome bags and dozens of details that show you thought about their every need and whim.
This wedding was no different. It had both a taco bar during the cocktail hour and donuts packed to go at the end of the night. I felt cradled in the lap of luxury as I ate my donut on the way to the after party, and I definitely snagged an extra one in my purse. Sorry. Not sorry.
But the best thing the couple gave us was that moment on the dance floor. Give that to your guests and you’ll simply have the best wedding ever.