wedding dance

The first dance at your wedding

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This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime….

The first dance for any couple is one of the most important moments of their entire wedding – and with good reason! A lot of thought and emotion goes into picking that very first song and it has to be just right. Some couples go for a classic slow song, while others choose to choreograph a dance to something a bit more fast-paced. Both are personal choices, and both are always crowd pleasers!

Below, we have put together a list of ten first dance favorites that are often chosen by couples to dance to on their special day!

Make your first dance memorable

Top 10 First Dance Favorites

“Unforgettable” – Nat King Cole

This tune is the embodiment of a classic song that has stood the test of time, as it has remained a top choice for couples everywhere. If you and your partner are fans of a romantic melody, then why not say “I Do” to the emotional vocals of Nat King Cole? His crooning voice will surely fill your hearts from the first several bars.

“Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran

Newer to the scene, Ed Sheeran’s smash hit became an instant wedding classic, thanks to the loving words and singsong melody. I mean, the music video is all about a romantic dance between lovers! It is no wonder with beautiful lyrics like “Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars. Place your head on my beating heart.” We predict that couples will be dancing to this song at their wedding for years to come!

Center stage for the first wedding dance

“I Found You” – Alabama Shakes

If you are the type to have happy feet and the idea of a slow song doesn’t mesh with your upbeat personality, then you and your new spouse will love tearing up the dance floor with this faster paced crowd pleaser. This melody has been resonating with couples since its release in 2012 and continues to be a popular favorite.

“Stand by You” – Rachel Platten

Just released this year, “Stand by You” has already made quite the impression on couples planning their wedding in 2016 and all you have to do is listen to the words to know why. Rachel Platten’s gorgeous voice and upbeat melody have couples celebrating their love all across the dance floor.

Personalize your wedding dance

“You Are the Best Thing” – Ray LaMontagne

This was made for the soulful couple that prefers to enjoy a rich glass of red wine together alongside a blazing fireplace. It is full of sweet lyrics that couples can relate to when it comes to their feelings for each other and it will be sure to put a smile on everyone’s face – including the guests’!

“At Last” – Etta James

Heralded as the most popular first dance song ever, “At Last” remains at the top of everyone’s “must play” list. Etta James sure knew how to capture the hearts of couples in love all over the world with this one, and it is always guaranteed to bring a tear to everyone’s eye.

Pledge your love with a great song

“All of Me” – John Legend

Written for his fiancé (now wife), Chrissy Teigen, John Legend captures their sweet relationship perfectly with this slow and tender ballad. Couples everywhere swoon over his melodic voice and the obvious emotion behind it when he sings this song, so what better way to capture that same mood for a special day?

“Lucky” – Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat

A popular choice for beach weddings, “Lucky” has a fun and airy feel that couples with their feet in the sand love to dance to. This tune is certainly the way to go for lovebirds that truly are one another’s best friends, through thick and thin! As a duet, it could even make for a great choreographed dance between the pair.

Romantic first dance

“Rose of My Heart” – Johnny Cash & June Carter

For the couples that are prefer a more country and folksy sound, “Rose of My Heart” encapsulates the legendary love story between June and Johnny. Guests of all ages will love watching you dance to this tune and it is guaranteed to bring out the emotions on the dance floor.

“What a Wonderful World” – Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole

A remake of the ever popular Louis Armstrong song, this Hawaiian version took the wedding industry by storm a few years ago and has become a favorite for many couples. The fun melody and Israel’s beautiful voice make it a great option for destination weddings and at-home weddings alike.

Play out your relationship in music

Why Pick Your First Wedding Song Carefully

The first dance song is a personal choice for every couple, so take your time when picking the very best tune for your celebration. Whether you share a favorite song from your first date or there’s a new single that just speaks to your relationship, remember that the song you choose will have a special place in your lives for years to come. Whatever you choose will be right for you – there is no right or wrong answer. Happy listening!

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Bio: Kevin Dennis is the owner of Fantasy Sound Event Services, a full-service event company based in Livermore, Calif. Dennis is the current chapter president for Silicon Valley NACE, and the immediate past national president for WIPA.


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The Newport Bride

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

As amazing as your wedding day is, it’s over in just a few hours. The memories are what last forever. Thankfully, the memories can be refreshed in our minds and hearts with a few simple tricks. Your big day only happens once, but our 10 easy tips you can relive your wedding again and again!

How To Preserve Memories After The Wedding Day

Tip 1. Freeze-dry your bouquet

Get your bouquet freeze-dried so the texture, colors, and volume stay as vibrant was your wedding day. You can put the bouquet in a shadow box, or display it in a vase.


Tip 2. Make a personal album with the best behind-the-scenes pictures

Some of the best wedding pictures are the ones that weren’t planned. Make an album of the best behind- the-scenes pics; that one of you and your MOH making a silly face, or the one of your niece asleep on the dance floor. Remembering those special little moments will help the day stay fresh in your memory.

Tip 3. Wear the scent you wore on your wedding

Wear the perfume you wore on your wedding day or ask your spouse to do the same and see what memories come back. Your brain will connect the familiar smell with your special day and bring all those emotions back to the surface.


Tip 4. Put your wedding invitation in a pretty frame

Display the invitation you worked so hard to choose. You can find beautiful frames at a local home store or take it to the next level and get a custom frame.

Tip 5. Display wedding pictures around the house

Perhaps the most obvious way to remember your wedding, hanging wedding pictures in your home is a great way to remind yourself of your wedding on a daily basis. Plus, you get to remember how great you looked!


Tip 6. Play your first dance song

It’s no secret that songs can have special meaning. Put your first dance song on a favorite playlist and remember what it was like to look into the eyes of your spouse during your first dance.

Tip 7. Get fresh flowers, like the ones you at your wedding

If you prefer fresh over freeze-dried, get a fresh bouquet of the flowers you had in your bouquet or the centerpieces.

Tip 8. Make a shadow box with special little items from the wedding

Shadow boxes are a great way to display some of the three-dimension items from your wedding like your veil, a favor, unique escort card, ribbon from the bouquet, or even your cake topper.


Tip 9. Watch your wedding video

If you don’t have a wedding video, put your wedding pictures into a slideshow set to music from your wedding and watch it with your new spouse.

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Tip 10. Go back to the place you got married

Go back to where you had your ceremony and walk down the aisle. Remember what it was like to see your love waiting for you. Visit your reception site and stand on the dance floor remembering all your friends and family gathered around.

Bio: Julianna of The Newport Bride is obsessed with two things: weddings and Newport. Since the age of four, she has been planning weddings. The church, the dress, the flowers and food, she’s got binders and books about the whole affair.

When it was time for her own wedding, she realized how hard it was to make a decision when there was a whole world of possibilities and beautiful and exciting options and choices. She also realized how important it was to be married in her favorite place in the world, Newport, Rhode Island. Her great great great great¦.. Grandfather John Cogshall thought Newport was the place to be, and 450 years later, she agrees. As a 12th generation honorary Newport-er (she lives in Boston currently) this beautiful city by the sea is her heart home and nothing makes her happier than being in the city she loves with the people she loves.

The Newport Bride is her attempt at sharing her two favorite things with the rest of the world. Need wedding inspiration or just like looking through ideas? The Newport Bride is the place to look. Want the inside details on a venue or vendor, shoot Julianna an email or look through the vendor spotlight blog posts. You’ll get the inside details from a bride and planner whose seen it all. Learn more at

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