Many brides have asked for suggestions on first dance songs that are extremely short — often because they, or their groom, simply don’t feel comfortable dancing in front of an audience. Choosing the right song, especially for a formal dance like the mother-son dance, is very important – see Chris’ WeddingAces post for some great advice on picking the perfect parents’ dance.
Here’s a list of 10 songs that definitely fit the bill for your short first dance, in no particular order. Some of them are also appropriate for a father/daughter or mother/son dance as well!
Jason Mraz w/ Colbie Caillat: Lucky (3:09)
Norah Jones: The Nearness of You (3:08)
Elvis Presley: Can’t Help Falling in Love (3:01)
Lifehouse: You Belong to Me (2:42)
Beatles: In My Life (2:35)
Nat King Cole: L-O-V-E (2:33)
Louis Armstrong: What a Wonderful World (2:30)
Tony Bennett: The Best Is Yet To Come (2:30)
Otis Redding: That’s How Strong My Love Is (2:25)
Ingrid Michaelson: The Way I Am (2:15)
Also, remember that you can also ask your DJ to fade a song out early or start a song after the intro – good DJs will often also be able to edit a longer song to make it shorter. I’ve had quite a few couples who have asked me to do this because they are taking dance lessons and are working with a choreographer, and I’ve been able to edit their song down and email them a copy to practice with. It never hurts to ask!
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