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Hints & Tips
From MairiMeDance

The first dance song is one of the most emotional moments for the bride and groom at the reception.

The lyrics of the song don’t always have to mean something to you as a couple.  The first dance song, should just make you both smile.  Whether it be a fun, upbeat song or a romantic slow ballad, all that is important, is that you enjoy your first dance as a married couple.

Here at MairiMeDance, we customise the perfect dance that best reflects your personality.  MairiMeDance pride themselves on relaxed, fun and friendly lessons, bespoke to you as a couple.  Most definitely the most fun you will have in the lead up to the big day!

Top tips for your first dance…..

  • Choose a song that is danceable and one that is wedding appropriate. If you are not going to take dance lessons and just plan to shuffle, then if the song is longer than 3 minutes, then please have your band or DJ invite the bridal party onto the dance floor half way through.

  • Consider both of your shoes. If you can get access to your dance floor prior to the big day, test your shoes, as some floors can be very slippy! Cola or scoring your shoes with a knife can help reduce slippiness.

  • Even if you are just going to wing it on the day, there is no harm trying out some moves in your dress prior to the big day (obviously not with future husband or wife!) Lowered sleeves can prevent you lifting arms and doing an impromptu dip or back bend can cause problems in a strapless dress!

  • Ensure your bustle is properly secured with a safety pin, you don’t want your train falling down, cause you and your partner to slide around the dance floor!

  • If doing lifts, wear a skirt (or actual underskirt) similar to your dress and practice. If you get a chance on the day to freshen up, use this time to practice in your dress and heels.

  • If you are doing a choreographed dance, try and practice at least 5 minutes a night, to keep it fresh. Muscle memory is important to ensure confidence on the day. Play your song often so you know the tempo and words inside out and back to front! You may get sick of it, but this will help immensely.

  • On the day, during your first dance, I would advise, as much as possible, to look into your partner’s eyes. You don’t want to catch a family member or friend’s eye, which could cause you to lose focus and forget the next step. Also, looking towards your partner gives better lines.

  • If doing choreography, remember no one knows what you are supposed to be doing, so don’t make it obvious if you make a mistake. If in doubt, shuffle!

  • Most importantly smile and enjoy. This is your first dance, as a married couple. Try to forget there are hundreds of eyes on you and make your dance one you will remember forever.


A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
Marry Me – Bruno Mars
Crazy Love – Michael Buble
Lay me down – Sam Smith
Thinking out loud – Ed Sheeran
Let there be love – Nat King Cole
Feel so close to you – Calvin Harris
Love someone – Jason Mraz
All of me – John Legend
How long will I love you – Ellie Goulding
Come to me – Goo goo girls
Grow old with me – Tom O’Dell
Can’t help falling in love – Elvis Presley
5000 Miles – Proclaimers
Kiss me once, kiss me twice –
Can’t take my eyes off of you – Andy Williams
Tenerife Sky – Ed Sheeran
Fly me to the moon – Frank Sinatra
Stuck on you – Lionel Richie
You’re the best thing – Ray Montagne
Living on a prayer – Bon Jovi
Ed Sheeran – Photograph
Ho Hey – Lumineers
Everything I do – Bryan Adams
Yound and Beautiful – Iana de Ray
Paulo Nutini – Better Man
I won’t give up – Jason Mraz
Totally – Joe Stilgoe
Everything – Michael Buble
Let’s stay together – Al Green
It is you (I have loved) Dana Glover
Can’t take my eyes off of you – Frankie Valli
Crazy little thing called love – Michael Buble
What a wonderful world – Louis Armstrong
Bless the Broken Road – Rascal Flatts
You are the sunshine of my life – Stevie Wonder
Never gonna be alone – Nickleback
I only want to be with you – Dusty Springfield
Waiting for a star to fall – Boy meets Girl
Mt 1st, my last, my everything – Barry White
I don’t wanna miss a thing – Aerosmith
You are loved – Josh Rogan
Loving me – Bon Jovi
You’re the best thing – Paul Weller
1st time I ever saw your face – Various
Fly me to the moon – Frank Sinatra
Better Together – Jack Johnson
My love is your love – Whitney
Amazed – Lonestar
As long as I have you – Elvis
Make me feel your love – Bob Dillan
Time of my life – Dirty Dancing
Hungry Eye – Dirty Dancing
Moondance – Michael Buble
So Close – Job McClaughlan
Lucky – Jason Mraz
Don’t know much – Aaron Neville, Linda Ronstad
You and me – Wannadies
Have I told you lately – Van Morrison
Iris – Goo Goo Dolls
Feels like home – Chantal Kreviazuk
Never too much – Luther Vandross
Love you to the end – The Pogues
Pencil full of lead – Paolo Nutini
If I should fall behind – Bruce Springsteen
Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
I’m yours – Jason Mraz
The way you look tonight – Michael Buble
Stuck on you – Lionel Richie
Nothing’s gonna stop us now – Starship
Stolen – Dashboard Confessional
A moment like this – Kelly Clarkson
I want to be with you – Max Muir
L.O.V.E. – Nat King Cole
Just the way you are – Bruno Mars
Make you feel my love – Adele
Your song – Ellie Goulding
My kind of love – Emelie Sande
Greatest day – Take That
Come fly with me – Frank Sinatra
Come what may – Moulin Rouge
If you have a song of your own let us know and we will create your perfect first dance.

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