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15 Classic First Dance Songs + First Dance Tips

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Photo: Ama by Aisha

Your first dance as a newlywed couple in front of your loved ones is a classic tradition. It can be a mesmerizing moment, but for some couples, the first dance can also be daunting. That’s completely understandable, as you’ll be in the spotlight, with all your loved ones looking on. But with these tips and song suggestions, you’ll be able to shake those first dance jitters and enjoy a deeply romantic moment with your spouse.

Practice Is Your Friend

When it comes to this tradition, rehearsing is a must. Even if it’s just a couple of practice sessions, rehearsing will prepare you for when it’s time to dance, and all eyes are on you and your partner. Make sure to practice in the actual shoes you will be wearing, to get comfortable and avoid missteps. Also, if you’re wearing a dress that could make dancing difficult, practice a couple of times while wearing it, to learn how to avoid snags or stumbles.

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Photo: Khanh Nguyen Photography

Keep It Simple

It’s fine to have a choreographed number, as long as you keep in mind not just your dancing abilities, but those of your partner. Your first dance shouldn’t be frustrating or terrifying for either one of you, and should be a fun way for you to connect as newlyweds. Avoid overly complicated steps and stick with something you’ll both be able to do with ease.

Let Loose

In a perfect world, your first dance will be seamless and maybe even YouTube-worthy. However, this is the real world and mistakes are a real possibility. When a mistake happens, embrace it and maybe incorporate it into your routine. A stumble can be turned into a romantic dip, while forgotten steps can become a fun freestyle. What matters is that you remain focused on each other and that you be present in the moment. Doing this will guarantee a first dance you’ll cherish.

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Photo: Adam Nyholt, Photographer

The Song

Lastly, choose a song that is meaningful to both of you. From meaningful lyrics to a shared love for an artist, the song you dance to should reflect your personalities and be enjoyable. With that mind, don’t feel relegated only to soft, slow songs. Below are both new favorites and enduring classics we love for creating first-dance memories to last a lifetime.

  1. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
  2. Your Song – Elton John
  3. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
  4. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  5. At Last – Etta James
  6. All Of Me – John Legend
  7. Everything – Michael Bublé
  8. Never Too Much – Luther Vandross
  9. Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett
  10. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Lauryn Hill
  11. Someone Like You – Van Morrison
  12. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – Marvin Gaye
  13. Speechless – Dan + Shay
  14. Love On Top – Beyoncé
  15. Nothing Can Change This Love – Sam Cooke

7 Styles For Personalized Wedding Invitations

Your invitations are your guests’ first glimpse of what they can expect for your pending nuptials. So when choosing your wedding invitations, you’ll want to make sure to convey your wedding theme and express your personal style as a couple. Scroll through these 7 individual invitation styles, then find a local stationer who can design a wedding suite that tells your story, here.

1. Traditional

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Photo & Stationery: Crane & Co. Weddings | Available at Bering’s

Keep things classic and timeless with a clean-cut wedding invitation suite. Decorative edges add a subtle modern update.

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8 Special Spots For Houston Hotel Weddings

Versatile ceremony space? Check! Expansive ballroom? Check! Gourmet catering, gracious service and ultra-comfortable on-site guest accommodations? Check, check and …check! Hotels offer maximum wedding convenience and refined luxury all in one package. And these eight Houston-area hotels are up to the task.

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Venue: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa | Photo: Christian Oth Studio

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3 Brides Share Their Wedding Re Do Stories

When you’re planning your big day, the last thing you’d ever think about is a wedding re do. And that’s as it should be! This is it, your once-in-a-lifetime wedding, your most special of special occasions, and you are planning for perfection. But after the wedding is over, well… There are always one or two or more things–usually little things, but sometimes big ones–that brides might do differently if they had a wedding re do to do. Here, three Houston brides share their “what I might have done differently if I had it to do over again” wedding stories. We, and they, hope these gentle cautionary tales just might help a few current brides-to-be have the wedding they’ve always dreamed of…one that is long on revelry and romance, and super short on regrets.

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Photo: Ama By Aisha | Venue: The Dunlavy
Jackie + Aaron 9.6.17
The Dunlavy, Houston

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6 Unique Honeymoon Destinations

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One of your first adventures as newlyweds will be your honeymoon. This will be your opportunity to celebrate your marriage away from others, create unforgettable memories, and build intimacy with your new spouse. Traditionally, couples have opted to vacation in popular European cities like Paris, or luxurious beach resorts in the Caribbean, Mexico or Hawaii for their post-wedding vacations. But if you’re seeking an out-of-the-box honeymoon, these six unique honeymoon destinations will leave you with memories for a lifetime. Click here to read the rest of this post »