Don't: Choose a long song
Time your song. Even four minutes can seem like an eternity when you're out there on the dance floor with everyone watching. If your hearts are set on a longer ballad, ask your band or DJ about having it cut down to a reasonable length.
Do: Consider the song's danceability
Face it: There are some songs that just aren't easy to dance to. And there are others that you can't help but move to. Put the song to the test and practice dancing to it in the living room. If the song doesn't keep you two interested and moving for its entire duration, skip it.
Don't: Choose a song just because it's trendy
It may be the song of the year, but beware of those one-hit wonders that you might grow tired of down the road. Your song should be one that's so unique and important to you, it never gets old.
Do: Find a song that refers to your story
The lyrics should speak to you. Whether it was the song playing when you first met, reminds you of the day he proposed or seems as if it were written just for the two of you, keep your love story top of mind when making your choice.
Don't: Pick a song you can't dance to
The song you choose should fit your dancing style. If the plan is to sway back and forth, choose a classic slow-dance song. On the other hand, if you're planning to cheese it up on the dance floor, a more upbeat party song could work.
Do: Research the lyrics
Before you settle on a song, sit down and actually go through all of the lyrics. The chorus may sound romantic, but read carefully. Some sweet-sounding melodies might actually be about a breakup rather than a long-lasting relationship.
Do: Make sure your band can play it (if you're hiring one)
While most bands these days come with extremely versatile repertoires, it's a good idea to check to make sure the song you love is one your band is familiar with. If it is, ask to hear a demo of the song. A band's version will sound different from the original.
Do: Do your homework
Sure, Etta James and Frank Sinatra are great classic choices that may first come to mind, but do a little digging and you may find a more meaningful and better-fitting song for you.
Do: Make sure you both love the song
It should be a song that, when played 10 years from now, will make you both feel as giddy and excited as it did on your wedding day.
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