Finding Your First Dance

*** This week we give you all of our tools for finding your own "perfect" First Dance ->

FINDING YOUR FIRST DANCE This is one of our favourite moments of the entire day. Outside of the ceremony, it is easily the most memorable part of the day, giving your guests a true glimpse of your love together on full courageous display. Because of the heightened emotions, it can also be understandably intimidating. Even for someone as outgoing as myself, I must admit that I found this moment big by any measure and was certainly self-conscious through pretty much every second of it. So why do we still encourage you to do a First Dance? Because it is beautiful. Because you are in love. Because you have a dance floor and a band and the perfect lighting and a room full of people who would love to cherish you for a few moments. The First Dance is a gorgeous gift you can give them in appreciating why they got dressed up and drove all the way to spend the evening with you. SHORTER IS BETTER THAN NOTHING This is such a beautiful moment that you will likely treasure when you are older. Even if you grimace at the idea, it is worth it 99% of the time for the brilliant photo you will have that lasts forever, even when you are both so old that your knees give out at the thought of dancing together. Your First Dance does not have to last a full 4 minutes and 3 choruses! Even just a single minute of dancing to the end of your song's first chorus is enough for your expert photographer to capture the moment and generate a gracious round of applause from your guests. To make sure that fading the moment is not silent or awkward, just as the song is fading out, have the MC introduce you once again as husband and wife" Ladies and Gentleman, one more big round of applause for our bride and groom". You may then blush and exit the dance floor as the triumphant hero you truly are. WHAT SONG SHOULD YOU CHOOSE? Search for the "perfect" first dance can be quite the challenge! It seems simple enough at first until you start trying to think of a specific song. Your mind goes blank & your heart starts to race. Every song you think of seems dull, overplayed or just plain wrong. Suddenly choosing your perfect first dance, a task which previously meant nothing to you, now hinges upon it the success of your entire reception. You ask yourself:"How on earth could this be so hard? I am usually such a creative, dynamic and interesting person. Where is the perfect first dance song hiding in our hour of need!?" Don't panic! The vaulted expectations of such a big moment are known to induce tunnel vision, even in a creative, dynamic and interesting person like you. This is such a common source of stress, we thought we would share a few of our favourite first dance songs with you in the hopes that they might inspire yours too. In performing so many incredible first dances over the years, we have been lucky to come across some true gems. Before we get to the list we have a few universal rules to help guide your way: BRENT & SARAH'S SEARCH FOR THE "PERFECT" FIRST DANCE Sometimes hearing someone else's story can be helpful, especially in the case of Sarah and myself as our search for the "perfect" First Dance was equally painful. We had our ceremony songs selected, the hilarious room-entrance choices for our family and friends all lined up, the song-list through cocktails, dinner and dance was complete. The ever pressing-question of Parent Dances had even been answered in style with two heart-filling selections. Why oh why could we not decide on a First Dance to save our beautiful young lives? The answer lie once again in the search for a "perfect song" as we reluctantly learn in life, there are sadly no purely perfect things among us. While we had toyed with "perfect" songs and had written in and scribbled out as many choices as there are songs in Ed Sheeran's shiny catalogue, we hadn't found anything that totally summed up our experience. It was with only 3 days to go, on the Wednesday morning we were packing up our bags to travel to the rustic beach-side resort 2.5 hours outside of TO where we go married, that we finally landed on a First Dance that matched our moment well enough to inspire tears and cheers! For us, we went down memory lane and chose a DIRE STRAITS song that evoked our emotions for entirely different reasons. My reason was of course sillier as I remembered loving it from a couple of late 90s Teen Movies in EMPIRE RECORDS and CAN'T HARDLY WAIT (I still highly recommend.) Sarah liked the song separately as Mark Knofler's voice reminds her a lot of me singing (which was like the greatest compliment for me at the time!) The song is ROMEO AND JULIET, a story about star-crossed kids who fall in love in an epic story explained by a wise old man. Pretty Great. SO WHAT SHOULD YOU DO? While this is obviously not a perfect choice for everybody, it was the perfect choice for US! There is no way for me to truly duplicate this advice for you, which is why I shared the story. In short, you have to dig in and think of the music that means something to you both. Here are a few quick tips to keep in mind: 1) Dig into those old CDs and playlists from days gone by. 2) Take a look specifically at songs released the year you two met. 3) Lyrics are nice, but they will seldom be "perfect". The emotion of the songs matters most. 4) Don't worry if your song choice is obvious. 5) If the tempo isn't quite right, remember that your band can slow it down for you. 6) Sometimes the perfect song to you is super loud hard or fast. We say go for it! 7) Ultimately the only thing that matters is that the song means something to you both :) Without further delay, it is time for us to list some of our favourites we have had the proud pleasure of performing over the years. We have arranged them for you once again by genres we have found to be similar. If you happen to still be stuck, EMAIL US with the songs you found to be closest and we will send you back a list of 10 more similar songs until you find your own "Perfect" selection.

ROMANTIC CLASSICS These are the timeless hits that pop up again and again because they are so incredibly good. If you happen to love these songs too, don't worry about being too obvious. They are all super popular for a reason and the most important thing is that they feel like YOUR song!

Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley Daydream Believer - The Monkees Perfect - Ed Sheeran A Thousand Years - Christina Perri Your Song - Elton John Just The Way You Are - Billy Joel At Last - Etta James Lean On Me - Bill Withers Come Away With Me - Norah Jones Make You Feel My Love - Adele La Vie En Rose - Edith Piaf L.O.V.E - Nat King Cole You Are The Sunshine Of My Life - Stevie Wonder Everything I Do (I Do It For You) - Bryan Adams

SOFT ROCK Some of our favourite First Dance songs of all time are found in this collection of gentle rock songs written by some of the best songwriters of the modern age. Every great rock album in your collection likely has one or two of these soft gems just waiting for you to discover it as an incredible and inspiring choice for your First Dance.

Times Like These - Foo Fighters Heaven - Bryan Adams Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles Sparks - Coldplay All I Want Is You - U2 Maybe I'm Amazed - Paul McCartney Wild Horses - Rolling Stones Night Moves - Bob Seger Songbird - Fleetwood Mac Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol Lovesong - The Cure Marry Me - Train Bed of Roses - Bon Jovi Angel Eyes - Jeff Healey I Don't Want To Miss A Thing - Aerosmith

SMOOTH R&B Looking for something cool? These songs are stylish and smooth and set the stage for a very romantic first dance. All of them are songs about love sung with lyrics dripping with honesty and passion. Serious love songs for any couple that is seriously in love.

All Of Me - John Legend Let's Stay Together - Al Green Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong Truly Madly Deepy - Savage Garden All My Life - KC & Jojo I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers On Bended Knee - Boyz II Men Back At One - Brian McKnight Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie Here And Now - Luther Vandross Angel Of Mine - Monica These Arms Of Mine - Otis Redding You Send Me - Sam Cooke By Your Side - Sade

WARM-HEARTED FOLK In the heat of summer tent weddings, these songs remain the most popular warm-hearted selections. Matching the beauty of a setting sun over a green hillside, uncovering a starlight sky above a picturesque evening dance, these songs bring a little extra magic with them, helping couples old and young remember the joy of love within them,

Harvest Moon - Neil Young Into The Mystic - Van Morrison Just Like A Woman - Bob Dylan Lover - Taylor Swift Better Together - Jack Johnson Lucky - Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat Forever - Ben Harper Lost Together - Blue Rodeo Kiss Me - Ed Sheeran Gravity - John Mayer Budapest - George Ezra Landslide - Fleetwood Mac As Is - Ani Difranco The Girl - City & Colour I Will Follow You Into The Dark - Death Cab For Cutie Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's

COOL MOVIE SONGS If you are anything like Sarah and me, then movies are a pretty amazing source of romantic inspiration. They transport you to other worlds and inspire the hopes and dreams you both have buried within yourselves. Especially those films that you have loved together can remind you of that person the second the soundtrack starts up. Lights are dimming.

Grow Old With You - The Wedding Singer Just One Look - Crazy Stupid Love In Your Eyes - Say Anything A Thousand Years - Twighlight Kiss Me - She's All That Romeo & Juliet - Can't Hardly Wait I Got You Babe - Groundhog Day It Had To Be You - When Harry Met Sally God Only Knows - Love Actually Storybook Love - The Princess Bride Wouldn't It Be Nice - 50 First Dates Love Is All Around - Four Weddings & A Funeral

Pretty Woman - Pretty Woman

Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You - 10 Things I Hate Bout You The Way You Look Tonight - My Best Friend's Wedding A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes - Cinderella Would you like more ideas? EMAIL US the closest songs you have found on the lists above and we will gladly send you back 10 more similar suggestions!