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5 Wedding First Dance Ideas (for when you don't slow dance)

Updated: Nov 23, 2023

We totally get it, first dances are a tricky one! As a wedding band, we’ve helped many couples who have been struggling with their first dance choice. The idea of swaying in front of sometimes over a hundred of your friends and family can strike terror into many a Bride and Groom to be. While slow songs may seem daunting, they can actually be a beautiful way to start your first dance together as husband and wife. They are a really lovely moment that you will treasure and make for great wedding photos. However, if you’re not comfortable with the idea, there are several alternatives you can explore.

Photo by Hamish Irvine -

1. No First dance

Don't want one? Don't Have One! Not everyone wants a first dance, and that’s okay. You can skip this tradition and opt for something else like a parent-child dance or just dive straight into the party and have your DJ or Band kick in with a dancefloor filler!

2. Group First Dance

Invite your guests to join you on the dance floor for a group first dance. This will take the pressure off of you and will add a fun element to the night. This way you still get to dance with your partner while sharing the moment with your friends and family with zero awkwardness!

3. Go 'Upbeat'

If you want to go the traditional route, but with a twist, you can choose an upbeat dance track for your first dance. This will create a fun and energetic vibe for your guests and will add a memorable moment to your special day. You can go one step further with this and pick a dance track, get out the glowsticks and have your first dance as a full on rave! Very fun!

Examples - Glitterball - Sigma, You and I - Galantis

4. Slow down the first minute

Pick an Upbeat Song and Slow the First Minute. This idea is perfect for those who want to go with a slow song but want to start the night off with a bang. Pick an your favourite dancefloor filler and we will slow down the first minute or so and play it in a first dance style. Then after your photographer has got your first dance shots and you've had your moment together we will beckon your guests onstage to join you and kick the beat in! This way you get the best of both worlds! This is our favourite style of first dance and always works well.

Great example - Shut up and Dance,

5. The 'Mashup'

If you’re feeling adventurous, mix two songs together. Start with a slow song, play half of it and then mix it into a new song with a faster 'dancier' beat. This way, you can enjoy the beauty of a slow dance and the fun of a party tune. This is similar to the previous idea but this way you get to decide on two favourite songs with entirely different feels.

Photo by Bloom Weddings -

In conclusion, there are many creative ways to make your first dance special and memorable. Whether you choose to go the traditional route or opt for something different, the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the moment with your partner!

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