Party Plan: Playlist for Wedding Dances

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The first weddings I ever attended didn’t have sit-down dinners, bands or dances. How shocking–can you believe how things have changed!

Perhaps it was because I lived in the South–weddings here were generally held in churches, and receptions were most often held in the church’s fellowship hall. They were lovely receptions with nice appetizers, punch and of course, wedding cake. Because of the church settings, alcohol was not served, although some churches did allow the participants to have a champagne toast or champagne punch.

Today weddings have become huge events with large sit-down catered dinners and bands or musicians playing for the meal or for the dance afterward. Nowadays couples and their parents often do special choreographed dances to start things off. So once the decision is made about whether there will dancing, you need to choose the songs for the typical dances–the couple, the mother and son, and the father and daughter–and then if you all want to do specially choreographed performances or just do simple dances together. If any of you feel nervous about your dancing abilities, you may want to allow yourselves time to practice or to take some lessons.

So, whether you are planning the big day for yourself or for a loved one, check out this playlist for wedding dances! You’re bound to find some songs you love!

First Dance

“A Thousand Years”–Christina Perri

“All of Me”–John Legend

“I Choose You”–Sara Bareilles

“Better Together”–Jack Johnson

“I Won’t Give Up”–Jason Mraz

“I Don’t Dance”–Lee Brice

Mother-Son Dance

“What a Wonderful World”–Louis Armstrong

“In My Life”–The Beatles

“Summer Wind”–Frank Sinatra

“Simple Man”–Lynyrd Skynyrd

“Forever Young”–Rod Stewart

“The Wind Beneath My Wings”–Bette Midler

“Child of Mine”–Carole King

“God Only Knows”–The Beach Boys

“Blessed”–Elton John

“Just the Way You Are”–Billy Joel

“You’ve Got a Friend in Me”–Randy Newman

Father-Daughter Dance

“The Way You Look Tonight”–Frank Sinatra

“My Girl” –The Temptations

“Isn’t She Lovely”–Stevie Wonder

“Wonderful Tonight”–Eric Clapton

“Have I Told You Lately”–Rod Stewart

“Butterfly Kisses”–Bob Carlisle

“Over the Rainbow”–Israel Kamakawiwo’le

“You’re So Beautiful”–Joe Cocker

“Unforgettable” –Nar King Cole

“Daughters”–John Mayer

“Father and Daughter”–Paul Simon

“Daughter”–Loudon Wainwright

“Landside”– Fleetwood Mac


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