Is there a perfect first dance track for you?

Photography Credit // Shelby Ellis // Shelby Ellis Photography

If you’ve opted for an alternative wedding DJ – the likelihood is, you may not even want a first dance track. (40% of our couples don’t). Most of our clients come to us asking for non-cheesy wedding DJs and tend to steer clear from many of the typical wedding traditions. But if you do decide to share a special moment in front of your faves –  we’ve put together our top tips for choosing that all-important first dance track.

You’ll no doubt want to avoid the ones that everyone else chooses, whilst not disrupting the status quo and disappointing grandma. You’re probably looking for something that’ll get your guests all bleary-eyed and blubbery whilst also making them want to hit the dancefloor. You’ll want to shock and surprise them whilst keeping it all rather romantic and wistful. Simple, right?

No – it’s not. Especially if you’re uming and ahing about having a first dance track in the first place!

As experienced wedding DJs, we’ve seen it all. (And we’ve often had couples say NO to a first dance track…only to choose one 5 minutes before our set is due to start!) So we have put together our top 10 tips to help you find your first dance track.

Tip 1: Write down a list of songs that mean something to you both. Try to think of ones that immediately jump into your head when you think of your other half. They can be the soppy and sentimental ones from the night he proposed, or the dulcet tones of the tracks you mildly recollect from the night you met in an obscure bar in a remote part of Ibiza. Just remember, though, many people will ask for the story behind the song, so be prepared!

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Tip 2: Next, have a listen to your shared playlists on Spotify. Browse your joint stash of dusty vinyls on display in the spare room. You never know, you might get a whiff of a perfect track you both love. Or you might find one you’ve never even considered before.

Tip 3: Once your list is complete, cherry pick the ones that are appropriate for a wedding – and abandon them. No one likes a predictable first dance. 😉

Tip 4: If you have a wedding theme, why not honour it down to the finer details, including your first dance choice? If your perfect first dance track doesn’t fit the theme, don’t rule out remixes.

Tip 5: Slushy and romantic? Or cool, calm and collected? Listen to the lyrics of your remaining few and think about which one encapsulates you as a couple. We love this unique one by Emanon.

Tip 6: Then, have a listen to how long the intros are to avoid awkwardly swaying for twenty minutes whilst waiting for the beat to kick in.

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Tip 7: Figure out which of your shortlisted tracks will get people up dancing quite quickly.(Or perhaps you’ll ask your guests to join you from the start…perhaps your first dance is a dance for everyone!)

Tip 8: Think about which ones will make people cry. Any experienced bride or groom will tell you it’s crucial to have optimum emotion spilled on your big day. We love a good blubber at a wedding!

Tip 9: Whether it’s fast or slow, you’ve got to be able to at least sway without looking like two lost penguins.

Tip 10: Finally, make sure your choice is a timeless one. As much as we don’t favour traditional first dance songs, you need to remember that people will be playing this number at your paper, silver and perhaps even ruby wedding anniversary, and let’s be honest, nobody needs to see their grandma skanking out to Stormzy or “first-dancing-it” to Man’s Not Hot.

To sum up, the best first dance songs we’ve played tend to mean something personal to the newlyweds or their family –  so make sure you go for a first dance track you love (and we mean really love), with lyrics and a sentiment that are personal to you. Make sure it means something to you both and a beat that has the two of you at its core.

We can assure you, the rest will fall into place.

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Photography Credit // Shelby Ellis // Shelby Ellis Photography 

**Disclaimer** These bloody amazing photos were taken by some seriously brilliant photographers. Just to keep it real and honest out here – we did not DJ at these events. (But we secretly wish we had!) So, when we do play at your wedding, we won’t be held accountable for your dad’s special moves at midnight.