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Here are 18 good wedding first songs put together by Brittany Wong of the Huffington Post. Sperry Tents of the Seacoast offers The elegant Sailcloth tent, or a coastal clear tent for your reception under the stars. We service New Hampshire, Maine and North Shore of Massachusetts. Give us a call and find out how the Sperry experience will make your outdoor tent rental carefree, so you can concentrate on enjoying your big day.
It isn’t easy to find a wedding first dance song that speaks to who you are as a couple and hasn’t been played a million times before.
“Focus on lyrics first. As a couple, you want to find a lyric that speaks to who you are together,” the DJ said. “Second, you want to find a sound and a tempo that’s easy to dance to ― especially if you plan to invite your friends and family to join you out on the dance floor.”
Need further inspiration? Below, Swatek and other wedding DJs offer their top recs for first dance songs that are romantic and unique.
- Sade ― “By Your Side”(Neptunes Remix)
- Nelly Furtado — “Feel So Close”
“A Calvin Harris cover. It’s a pretty song and the original is a classic party banger so it maintains a lot of that fun.” ― DJ Jack Farmer, a DJ in Los Angeles
- Alicia Myers ― “I Want To Thank You”
“This song really encapsulates what the struggle feels like to find true love and the pure gratitude felt once it’s finally found. It also has a funk and R&B element, which naturally leads into a first dance set for your guests.” ― Nicole Otero, a DJ at TCM DJ Events in New York City
- Xavier Omar ― “Blind Man”
“The beat and lyrics ― about how his partner is so much more that her physical appearance ― is perfect for a wedding.” ― DJ Chuck D Supreme, a DJ in Los Angeles, California
- Led Zeppelin ― “All My Love”
“It’s a classic rock song, which is a little different for a wedding.” ― DJ CeeLos, a DJ in Southern California
- Corinne Bailey Rae ― “Is This Love”
“The cover of Bob Marley has a smoky and romantic feel, but she sings it with such a beautiful vulnerability in her voice. It’s perfect for a couple starting their new journey together.” ― Ross Anderson owner of Bela Sono Music in Fairfax, Virginia
- Chris Stapleton ― “Tennessee Whiskey”
“The pace makes it really easy to slow dance to. It’s not for everyone but for some, it’s extremely relatable and feels tailor-made just for them.” ― DJ Isaac, a DJ at VIP DJ Entertainment in Los Angeles
- Lykke Li ― “Unchained Melody”
“This is a fresh and unique take on possibly one of the most classic love songs of all time. It’s slow and somber but full of passion. This song is great for couples that are true romantics.” ― Joey Farese of Electric Entertainment DJs in Los Angeles
- Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros ― “Home”
“I would have to say my favorite first dance song is ‘Home’ by Edward Sharpe. I really like it because it’s more upbeat and has a very fun, loving tone.” ― Stephen Vaughn, a DJ at Backthird in Chicago
- Matthew Koma ― “Years” (acoustic)
“I love when a couple picks a song that’s really meaningful to them, whether or not it sounds like a traditional first dance song. You can typically find an acoustic version if the normal version is too high-energy, like this acoustic version of the original.” ― Sean O’Hare, owner of PDX DJs in Portland, Oregon
- Lana Del Rey ― “Lucky Ones”
“It’s a song that really isn’t on any lists, and the words are spot-on and very deep.” ―Allen Walker, owner of Big Daddy Walker Productions in Milford, Ohio
- Pink Martini ― “Let’s Never Stop Falling in Love”
- Prince ― “Adore”
- Ray LaMontagne ― “Let It Be Me”
“With its simple production, focusing on the acoustic guitar and vocals, Ray LaMontagne’s ‘Let It Be Me’ really speaks to the ‘for better or worse’ vows you make on your wedding day, and to your promise be there for one another, together through it all.” ―Bri Swatek, owner of Spinning With Style in New York
- Van Morrison ― “Someone Like You”
“It’s a classic that’s not overplayed.” ―Dave Mancini, a DJ in Southern California
- John Mayer ― “XO”
“A great Beyonce cover (though you can’t go wrong with the original). If you prefer a more ‘romantic,’ acoustic style for your first dance, John Mayer’s version still sounds beautiful. It’s a perfect fit for a first dance.” ―DJ Jack Farmer, a DJ in Los Angeles
- Michael Jackson ― “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)”
“I am a huge fan of upbeat and super fun first dances, so this one of my favorite songs to recommend. The lyrics are perfect for the occasion and the song is also great to dance to. Everyone in the room will be tapping their feet.” ―DJ Keelez, a DJ in Los Angeles
- Felix Jaehn ft. Jasmine Thompson ― “Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)”
“This gives a more sensual twist to this classic song, that radiates hard on a summer night. When you want to show your guests (and the world) that you love each other but are willing to dance the night away on a moment’s notice, this song is the perfect blend of that.” ― DJ Flobito, a DJ in Los Angeles
This article originally appeared on HuffPost
Here is another great article on the advantages of tented weddings. Sperry Tents of the Seacoast offers The elegant Sailcloth tent, or a coastal clear tent for your reception under the stars. We service New Hampshire, Maine and North Shore of Massachusetts. Give us a call and find out how the Sperry experience will make your outdoor tent rental carefree, so you can concentrate on enjoying your big day.
One of the more popular venues for bride and grooms who want to be outdoors but don’t want to fall subject to the weather are tented receptions. The best part of throwing your party inside a tent is that it’s totally customizable — unlike the landscaping or layout of a garden or the interior of a hall or estate. If you want to pitch the biggest party of your life in a tent, here’s what you need to consider beforehand. *
Tents are whatever you want to make them. From size to flooring and even climate control (need heat or extra AC? No problem!) the options are endless when choosing a tent. There are, however, a lot of things to keep in mind when shopping for the place you’ll party as Mr. and Mrs. First, unless you’re hosting a reception in a private backyard, you must ask your venue’s location if a tent is allowed and where they recommend it’s set-up. If the venue confirms that it is allowed, then ask if they work with a particular tent vendor or have a few recommendations — tent prices can vary and you’ll want to ensure you find a reputable dealer. Most of all, don’t forget that everything added on to a tent — whether its bathrooms, sound systems, generators, ground cover, dance floor, permits, etc — will come at an extra cost, so be sure to accommodate the necessities in your budget and compare prices across companies. Lastly you better go see the tent before you order it! No one needs a hidden surprise on the day of their wedding.
Rachel Zoe has been a bride once – and a bridal stylist too many times to count – so she knows what it takes to make sure the big day goes off without a hitch. Here are her eight pro tips for a flawless wedding day.
1. Make sure to carry a snack.
“Definitely keep a little snack in your bag, along with gum and mints. You’re going to be talking to 700 people that night, and you’re not going to eat for many, many, many hours.”
- Save the Champagne for the reception.
“I would not recommend drinking alcohol until the actual party. I’ve just seen so many brides faint.”
- Road-test your wedding dress.
“You need to actually wear it for a few hours.”
- The same thing goes for your shoes.
“It’s really important to break in the shoes that you’re going to be wearing.”
- Bring a comfy pair of shoes you can change into after the ceremony and the pictures.
“Have the ones that you’re walking down the aisle in, and then, if you’re not gonna see them, just switch to the comfortable ones.”
- Every bride needs a veil. Or a tiara!
“Nobody’s too cool to wear a veil or a tiara. Like, I would wear a tiara right now if I could.”
- Set some time aside for reflection.
“Make sure, after you say your vows and after the ceremony, to go in a room and spend 10 minutes alone together and recognize what just happened.”© Chev Wilkinson/Cultura/Getty Images Bride and groom walking away
- Remember to enjoy yourself!
“Brides get so stressed out. You should live for being the bride and just have a magical night.”
ALWAYS RETURN YOUR RSVP
It’s alarming how many guests simply don’t return an RSVP card. Couples base the entire day on their guest count so it really is unacceptable to turn up without notice. ‘Send your RSVP in as soon as possible,’ advises Larissa Banting, wedding specialist and creator of The Lazy Bride Blog. ‘Nothing is more frustrating to a couple than having a number of guests MIA. Once you commit, you have to show up, short of being on death’s door. And don’t forget to write your name on the RSVP card! It’s amazing how many blank cards couples receive and they have no idea who just RSVP’d!’ Ivy Jacobson, planning editor from The Knot warns, ‘Don’t be one of the five percent of guests that sends in their RSVP one week or less before the big day.’ (Find out the etiquette rules every bridesmaid should follow.) Continue reading
This photo is a working tribute to how two great companies can work in tandem to create a fantastic event! This tent was installed by my daughter Ashley’s company Exeter Events and Tents. www.exetereventsandtents.com. The flooring was installed by her father’s company Sperry Tents Seacoast. Our family is very proud of both our great companies and their talented staff This event was at Hidden Pond In Kennebunk Maine
While many aspects of weddings have become less traditional and cookie-cutter over the years, one convention stubbornly remains: In heterosexual unions, the bride’s parents are still writing the majority of the checks. Is this because the parents of females are somehow magically wealthier? Of course not. It’s because many years ago, before women could own property, they were “given away” into marriage with a dowry, which was essentially a way to pay the groom’s family for taking their daughter off their hands. Continue reading