The First Dance song is such an important tradition of your wedding. It’s such a tender and intimate moment between you and your partner that you get to share, with the support and love from all your family and friends as they watch you two share the first dance of your time as a married couple. Couples remember their first dance song forever, so it’s important to pick a song that fits you and your fiancé in the best way AND to make sure that you have a wedding band that will actually honor your request. Around Town Entertainment’s bands all honor your must-have song requests, so you know that your First Dance will be a memory that you’ll hold on to forever. This is also such an important moment because it sets the tone for the rest of the evening! The right song can be so sentimental for you and what you and your partner want to share with the world about your relationship, but it also can be a moment of celebration for you two to dance like no one is watching!
Some couples pick the most romantic songs, while others go for a more comedic effect. Sometimes, couples go a more traditional route and pick their parents’ first dance song. We’ve seen it all! Below is a highlights list of some of our favorite and more unique first dance songs selected by our couples, performed live by each of our very own NYC wedding bands in and around the tri-state area and beyond!
- “Hooked On A Feeling” – Blue Swede – Paige and Thomas got married at the Madison Hotel under the stars in Morristown, New Jersey! For their first dance song, they picked the iconic “Hooked On A Feeling,” which had the crowd singing along! That famous Ooga-Chaka got the crowd roaring as the After Party Band got everyone on their feet and watching Paige and Thomas rock out together for the first time as husband and wife. This song SCREAMS fun, and definitely sets an exciting and celebratory tone for the rest of the evening with high energy and fun in store!
- “Danza Kuduro” – Don Omar – Kaitlyn and Julio celebrated their wedding at The Barn at Villa Venezia in Middletown, New York! Before the big day, the two kept a big secret from even their closest friends and family members. They knew they wanted to do a surprise choreographed dance! They took lessons, had the dance choreographed, and practiced a whole ton to get the moment just right! Instead of just playing the recording they had been ceaselessly rehearsing to, they had the Around Town Band perform “Danza Kuduro” live and their surprise first dance went off without a hitch! Just like they rehearsed, the two shared such a beautiful and memorable moment and wowed all their guests!
- “True Companion” – Marc Cohn – Third times the charm! After having to delay their special day three times due to COVID-19, Kristen and Dusty couldn’t be more excited than when they finally got married and partied it up at the Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Even though they might have been tempted to share the surprise through the many postponements, they decided to keep their first dance song choice a secret! The two settled on “True Companion” by March Cohn, as he so eloquently lyricizes the magic behind finding your “true companion.” Kristen and Dusty’s family and friends were truly touched and hummed along with the Altitude Band, as the pianist sounded just like Marc Cohn!
- “I’ll Be” – Edward McCain – Do you remember that moment in Hilary Duff’s “A Cinderella Story” when Sam and Austin shared that magical masquerade dance under the gazebo with the musicians in the garden?! The lights! The romance! We all watched that scene and smiled as they danced to “I’ll Be” by Edward McCain and fell in love! Well, Emily and Ivan recreated this special moment as their first dance! They had their reception at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs, New York. They rehearsed and rehearsed their special dance to perform for their friends and family, so it was super important to them that they find a band that would recreate the moment just like the live musicians played for Sam and Austin. The A-List Band nailed the performance as they had their male vocalist sing with such emotion it sounded even better than the recording!
These are just a few special highlights of some unique First Dance moments that the bands of Around Town Entertainment bring to life for many of our new and happy couples! Whether you have a special dance routine you want to kick-ball-change through with your partner or rock out with your spouse-to-be like you’re the only two in the room, we’ve got you covered!