The first dance is one of the most important moments of a wedding, and the song that a couple chooses as the soundtrack for this momentous occasion should reflect not only their personalities but also set the tone for the reception to come. So, what are some first dance songs that the experts agree should at least be considered for your 2019 wedding? We spoke with wedding DJs Blair Saldana of Nashville Party Authority and Brandon Rolland of Entertain! to get their take on the tunes every couple should consider right now.
"Millionaire" by Chris Stapleton
With a slow, romantic guitar and amazing vocals, "Millionaire," a song about love making him Chris Stapleton like a millionaire, is a nice choice for a first dance, the pros say. They expect it to be popular throughout 2019 and well into the years to come.
"Perfect" by Ed Sheeran
A song literally about dancing, "Perfect" has been popular with newlyweds for a few years, and the experts agree it isn't going away anytime soon. The sweet lyrics coupled with its easy tune and danceable rhythm make this Ed Sheeran hit an easy pick.
"The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra
If you're looking for a classic first dance song, both DJs agree you can't go wrong with this Frank Sinatra standard. It appeals to all generations and the lyrics can easily apply to most couples.
"You Are the Best Thing" by Ray LaMontagne
With his smooth vocals and soulful music, Ray LaMontagne's songs reach through the ages, and this one is no exception. For an upbeat first dance, you can't go wrong with this sweet song.
"At Last" by Etta James
Equal parts glamourous and sexy (while still being tasteful!), James' classic rendition of "At Last" is one of the most popular first dance songs. And for good reason! The message is incredibly apropos for a first dance, and her brilliant, booming voice can fill any space.
"All of Me" by John Legend
If you're looking for a first dance song that's literally steeped in love, you can do no better than the song Legend wrote as an homage to his own wife, Chrissy Teigen. The experts love how this song transcends all relationships and gets to the heart of what a marriage is really all about.
"From the Ground Up" by Dan + Shay
This is one of those power ballads that makes you feel like you're on top of the world. It's sweet and nostalgic, and the DJs agree that it's the perfect tune to use as the soundtrack for your wedding. You'll be able to transport yourself back to that moment every time you hear it, for the rest of your life.
"Beyond" by Leon Bridges
Although it's an incredible love song, our pros say that "Beyond" isn't mainstream, which makes it ideal choice for a couple who wants to dance to a unique tune that hasn't been done to death. Plus, it perfectly captures the emotions in the room.