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How to Choose a First Dance Song | Wedding Tips & Advice

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How to Choose a First Dance Song | Wedding Tips & Advice

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The First Dance is an intimate part of the evening when you get the opportunity to dance with your new wife or husband in front of your all of your guests. Everyone gets to see the chemistry and interaction that you have with each other, as well as your dance moves. This part of the night can be stressful for some couples as they may not be good dancers, may not know which song to choose, or may not like the center of attention. It doesn't have to be this way. You're about to read some tips to help make your First Dance more pleasant, memorable, and smooth for both you and your partner.

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How do I choose my First Dance song?

If you only have one song to choose to dance in front of your wedding guests, what would it be? You have several factors to consider when choosing a song such as its genre, tempo, length, type of dance, mood, and mutual likeness from both parties. If you were to start narrowing down some songs, start with songs that the both of you enjoy. It would be even better if the song had an emotional connection that brought you closer together in the relationship. Make the song meaningful!

Once you narrow down some songs that you both like, you can narrow it down even further by agreeing on the kind of dance and vibe you want. Do you want something light-hearted and fun? Do you want it more romantic and slow? Is it something that both of you can dance to? 

Once you have a good small list of songs that may work for you, pick and agree with one together! :)

What if you want your First Dance song to be different and stand out?
I can see the music lovers asking this question. You can look up cover songs of your favorites on YouTube and Spotify! You get to discover such amazing talent out there and surprise your guests with something familiar and unique!

Below are two Spotify playlists to help you with your song selections:

Top Requested First Dances

My Personal Favorites

I'm not a great dancer, what should I do?

You don't need to be a great dancer for your First Dance, but it would help if you know some basic moves to make it look like you know what you're doing! Remember, you're most likely going to be on video to be remembered for ages to come. Do you want to look like you know what you're doing? If yes, please take the time to learn! There are many resources out there to start doing so. You can even take some dance classes with your fiancé so both of you can benefit together.

Here are some online dance lessons you can start learning today!

We want our First Dance to be choreographed, do you recommend anyone to help us with this?

Yes, I do! Please contact Crystal Shum from Exceptionally Yours. Not only is she a wedding planner/coordinator, she's also a dance instructor and choreographer! Definitely reach out to her to discuss your vision.

If your choreographed First Dance is a combination of songs, ask your DJ to help you mix it all together in one continuous track! This is a service that I also provide, so if you need help with making one, let me know!

We don't like to be the center of attention, what can we do about it?

Ask your DJ to shorten the song for you! That way you won't be on the dance floor for too long. If you decide to go this route, ask your DJ if he/she can make a custom edit of the song to end it when you want. This will give you time to practice your dance moves at home, and if you time it right, you can end the dance with some flair! 

As for when to shorten the song, usually, it's best to end the song at the end of either the 1st or 2nd chorus of the song, before it hits the bridge. Consult with your DJ to find a good time to end the song!

If you want another creative way to go about this, please continue reading below!

Bonus! Even More Tips & Advice!

1. Ask the DJ if he/she provides a spotlight to highlight both of you on the dance floor!
2. Midway through your First Dance song, you can invite all the couples to join you and finish the song! That way, you won't feel like you're the center of attention!
3. After you invited everyone to dance with you, you can have your DJ play another slow dance song which you can segue to the Anniversary Dance. Don't know what it is? Ask me in the comments section below ;-)
4. You can even choose a First Dance song that encourages crowd participation whether it's clapping or singing along!
5. Depending on your style and enough time in the schedule, you can also kick things off with a short dance party right after your First Dance

These are just some of my thoughts when it comes to First Dances. Thanks for reading this! I hope this article has been helpful! If you need any more help or have any thoughts that you would like to share, I'd love to hear them in the comment section below. Cheers and have a great day!

- DJ MOJOE, "Saving the City, One Party at a Time"
DJ MOJOE is an award-winning DJ and MC based in Ventura County serving all over Southern California and destination events



 

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Lake Arrowhead Wedding + DJ Mix Link!

This video captures the highlights from Tyler and Katherine's wedding up in Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa! I also include a link to listen to my live set recorded at the wedding!

Link to my sample wedding mix from the wedding:
https://mojoe.media/dancemix2018-01

On February 17, 2018, I DJed a destination wedding up in Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa for Katherine & Tyler. That evening I was in charge of the ceremony, cocktail, and reception.

The ceremony was at a beautiful spot with the sight of Lake Arrowhead in the background. I provided sound, music, and microphones for the officiant and the couple. The wedding ceremony was a success, and shortly after, everyone joined the cocktail hour at the resort's lobby. I also provided music as guests enjoyed drinks and appetizers.

Then it was time to welcome the guests into the room for the reception. The room was beautifully arranged and decorated. To lighten up the area, I set up my uplights around the walls of the room and had my DJ setup at the back of the room. The couple had their grand entrance, dinner, toasts, first dance, anniversary dance, bouquet toss, garter removal/toss, cake cutting, father & daughter dance, group photo, and dancing! 

It was an intimate wedding with their close family and friends, and we were so good on time that we had almost 3 hours of dancing! I played music that was fun for all age groups that I got the young and old up on their feet. This was such a fun wedding and I'm glad that Katherine and Tyler had an amazing time.

VENUE:
http://www.lakearrowheadresort.com/

PHOTOGRAPHER:
https://www.thedarlenephotography.com/

VIDEOGRAPHER:
http://www.instagram.com/pachecoproductions_

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Wedding of Megan & Sean

On October 1, 2016, I DJed a fun wedding at the Agoura Hills Event Center for Megan & Sean! That day, I worked with an amazing wedding planner, Heather, owner of Delmar Events. Her and her team were such a great help that made the night flow smoothly. The photographers were also great as they brought their own light to capture the perfect picture every time. And as for music goes, well, I will let this video speak for itself. This was a joyous, fun, and amazing wedding and I'm glad I was able to be a part of it. Congratulations Megan and Sean! Wish you two the best!

Delmar Events:
http://www.delmarevents.com

Agoura Hills Event Center:
http://www.ci.agoura-hills.ca.us/government/departments/event-center-reservations

DJ MOJOE
"Saving the City, One Party at a Time"

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Where do I get my music?

In this video, I answered a question someone asked me via Snapchat "Where do I get my music?"

1. I primarily get my music from DJ pools online. 
Why? They keep me constantly updated with the newest, hottest and latest tracks. They have clean & dirty edits with 8-bar intros. They have club-friendly remixes and re-drums to add energy in a track. They have acapellas and loops for production. They have transition edits to help change BPM. 
How much? Ranges between $20-$40/month and depends on the DJ Pool. Some even offer a yearly rate which can help you save money in the long run. If you're new to a DJ pool, I recommend trying the first couple of months to see how you like it.

http://www.djcity.com
http://www.clubkillers.com
http://www.directmusicservice.com
http://www.beatjunkies.com
http://www.barbangerz.com

2. Amazon music. Why? Great selection of songs and comes in .mp3 file formats. If I don't find the song I want in any of the DJ Pools, I go to Amazon to purchase it. This situation happens commonly when a client asks for a specific song that I don't have, especially for their weddings.

Well this is how I get my music. How do you get yours? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

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What music do I play at a wedding?

In this video, I answer a question from a fellow DJ who asked "How do I come up with my playlist for a wedding?". In other words, "What music do I play at a wedding?"

I answered this in 2 ways:
1. Simply ask the couple. This will help you get an idea of their music styles and tastes and what song they would like for each specific part of the wedding. To be even more unique, you can even ask where they are from originally and then surprise them with some songs from their home city/state/country. This creates a great crowd reaction.
2. Read your crowd. It's your job as a DJ to read the crowd and adjust your music selection accordingly. As much as one would like to just play songs from their specific playlist, the energy in the room can change and may require you to play music outside of your playlist to adjust to the crowd's energy.