When searching for that perfect first dance song, it can be tricky to navigate endless lists on the internet and the overplayed recommendations from friends. You want a song that’s meaningful, unique, and sets the right tone for your reception, but is also dance-able. The wedding dance specialists at Duet Dance studio are here with their personal recommendations for one of a kind first dance songs that might be just what you’re looking for.
Guilty Pleasure: Fuzzy socks and endlessly re-reading Harry Potter
Song Recommendation: You Make It Easy by Brett Dennen
Why: It’s a cheerful, happy song about how easy it is to love each other. The sweet lyrics and upbeat tempo make for a special moment on the dance floor that is both entertaining and memorable.
Dance Styles: Foxtrot and Smooth Swing
Guilty Pleasure: Disney movie marathons and eating unhealthy amounts of raw cookie dough
Song Recommendation: Home by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
Why: It’s a precious little song that’s well-known, but not too overdone. It’s upbeat and fun, with unique lyrics about finding a sense of home in your partner. The song has plenty of personality, and together you and your spouse can dance and sing your heart out to this gleeful tune!
Dance Styles: Rumba, Smooth Swing, or Triple Swing
Guilty Pleasure: Gilmore Girls and coffee, coffee, coffee!
Song Recommendation: You Send Me by Sam Cooke
Why: It’s a classic, simple song about the how it feels to fall in love. The combination of Sam Cooke’s smooth vocals and the lilting music give it a dreamy quality that will “send you” into a romantic whirlwind.
Dance Styles: Rumba and Smooth Swing
Guilty Pleasure: Anything on HGTV and “Long Lost Family” always brings tears to my eyes...
Song Recommendation: Around The World by Nat King Cole
Why: It’s a WALTZ! Believe it or not, there aren’t a lot of waltzes out there that have appropriate lyrics and tempo for a wedding first dance. Not only does this song have the sweetest lyrics, it also has the perfect beat for a romantic, classic waltz.
Dance Styles: Waltz
Need help with your first dance? Our wedding dance experts at Duet Dance are happy to help you!
Cover Photo: Duet's students, Natalie and Jimmy, performing their first dance at their wedding. Captured by Sky's the Limit Photography.
The Duet Team is a group of friendly dancers who are passionate about helping people and sharing the joy of ballroom dance. And we love to make new friends and have fun at work! Duet Dance Studio is located in Chicago West Bucktown. We offer ballroom dance lessons, wedding dance instruction and private dance parties. Online Wedding Dance Lessons and Skype dance lessons are also available! Dances we teach include Salsa, Swing, Tango, Bachata, Merengue, Waltz and Foxtrot. Sign up for an introductory dance lesson now to get started!