Wedding Wednesdays Q&A: Cutting the First Dance Song

Wedding Wednesdays Q&A by Jamie Chang Destination Wedding Planner of Mango Muse Events

Happy hump day!  As always, we’ve got your hump day fix with our Wedding Wednesdays Q&A and today we’re talking about the first dance song:  My fiancé and I are doing a first dance and we’ve picked our song (and are super excited about our choice), but it’s kind of a long song.  While we want to do a first dance, we don’t want to be up there forever.  Is it ok to cut the first dance song short or will that sound funny?

It’s totally ok!  I have couples who do this all the time because they want the first dance moment, but they don’t want to dance for 5 minutes.  However, make sure that you don’t cut the dance too short.  I would suggest that you dance for at least 2-3 minutes so that you can really enjoy it and so your photographer and videographer can get enough shots of you dancing.

Now in order to cut the first dance song short and not make it sound funny you can go about it a couple of different ways.  If you have a DJ for your wedding, you can either pick a 2-3 minute section of the song that you really like and have them play that portion of it while fading in and out so that it’s not abrupt.  Or you can just start the song at the beginning and have your DJ fade out at a good moment within that 2-3 minute timeframe.  If you have a band or live musicians playing at your wedding, then you’ll need to start the song at the beginning and have a clear end (no fading in and out here).  But, you can talk to them about making the song shorter by eliminating a verse or cutting down on how many times the chorus repeats to get the song to be a good length.

Bride and Groom dance to their first dance song at a destination wedding in the Caribbean planned by destination wedding planner Jamie Chang of Mango Muse Events.

(Photo credit: McAllister Photography)

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