Somehow, amidst the millions of love songs in existence, you have to narrow the options down to just one for your first dance song at your wedding. You definitely don't want to run into any technical difficulties or musical mishaps, so avoid making any of these five common mistakes to ensure that your first dance is as romantic as possible.
Not having a sound check. Whether you decide on a live band or DJ, have them test out some tunes in your venue prior to the wedding. The acoustics in your venue might turn a normal music volume to deafening levels, so give it a trial-run. This also gives you an opportunity to brush up on your first dance moves.
Choosing a long song. Your guests will love watching you and your hubby step out on to the dance floor for the first time, but don't force them to sit through a first song that seems never-ending. If you have your heart set on a certain song that's longer than four minutes, try talking to your band or DJ about playing a shorter version. Besides, slow dancing for more than five minutes can actually become a little monotonous.
Picking a super slow song. Love songs tend to have slow rhythms, but avoid any song that's too slow. Again, keep in mind that you'll be dancing the entire duation of the song, so find one with an easy tempo to shuffle back and forth to. Test out a few songs with your fiancé in your living room before making the big decision.
Not researching the lyrics. The love song of your dreams might not actually be that romantic once you look up the lyrics. Don't choose a song based off the beat alone—look into the actual words, and make sure they're PG. You don't want to surprise your grandmother with a swear word you never knew your song had.
Letting the band or DJ pick. You might not have a song that immediately comes to mind for your first dance, and that's ok. But do not, under any circumstances, let your band or DJ make the decision for you. Even if they've been around the block a few times with weddings, never place such an important decision in the hands of a stranger. Worst comes to worst, ask your mom or take to Google.