The First Dance at Your Wedding

Just when you thought there couldn’t be anything else to think about, along comes the question from Aunt Kathy, “What song are using for your first dance dear?” Yikes you think! Immediately your mind starts racing at a million miles an hour, you hadn’t even thought about it, let alone picked a song! You and your partner are both as bad as each other on the dance floor and frankly you had hoped no one would notice if you skipped that part of the reception.

Alas, no such luck. The first dance is a very important part of a wedding reception, it’s the first time you and partner will be ‘together’ as a married couple and people love to watch loved up newlyweds on the dance floor.  

Traditionally, the first wedding dance has always been the Waltz. These days however, ballroom dancing is no longer a skill everyone has and rehearsing the “first dance” has become a lucrative business for dance studios and independent dance instructors. Today more popular dances include the foxtrot, merengue, and swing. Lots of couples just do a slow dance to one of their favourite love songs though so don’t feel as though you need to go out and get lessons.

Back to Aunt Kathy’s question about the song, you and your partner need to choose wisely here. Bear in mind this dance will most probably be videotaped so you don’t want to have to re-live the drama that was that hideous top 40 song you picked beacuse it was cool at the time. Fast forward 20 years when you’re showing your kids and watch their faces screw up in disgust! Pick a timeless song that will help capture the moment and add to the magic of the evening. You could even release some wedding lanterns while the first dance is taking place, they would look glorious floating away in the background.

Wedding Wish Lanterns is the number one supplier of wedding lanterns in the United States. If you would like any wedding lanterns for your first dance please call us on 1800 234 0781 or email


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