It’s the few months leading up to one of the biggest days of your life- your wedding day. Part of that is your first dance with your new husband/wife. The song you choose for this moment will be one that will forever be remembered as “your song” that you and your spouse first danced to.

When choosing your first dance style and song, it is important to consider the style you want. It is also important to consider what takes priority for you- the music itself or the style of dance. Once you decide on one of these elements, the rest will follow. If your first dance song is a slow ballad, your style of dance will follow suit. If you choose a more modern, upbeat song, your dance will have to match. Whatever you end up deciding on, check with your partner to make sure it’s something they’re comfortable with too. Nothing’s worse than dancing with someone who looks and feels uncomfortable!

Many couples these days decide to have their weddings take on a more modern spirit with everything from the decor to the music. Alternative, indie rock, and pop influenced styles can set a really great mood for your first dance. If you are a fan of modern-style music, here are a few good songs you could use as your first dance song on your wedding day:

“A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri

“The Only Exception” by Paramore

“Yellow” by Coldplay

“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran

“Marry Me” by Train

“I’ll Follow You Into the Dark” by Death Cab for Cutie

“Your Song” by Ellie Goulding

“All of Me” by John Legend

“You & Me” by Dave Matthews Band

While modern-style wedding songs can make a bold statement during your reception, there are plenty of couples out there who lean more towards the traditional route. It all depends on what you prefer! Here are some romantic classics that are sure to make everyone at your wedding tear up when they see you do your first dance:

“At Last” by Etta James

“Kiss From A Rose” by Seal

“I Will” by The Beatles

“Come to Me” by The Goo Goo Dolls

“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston

“Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion

“There She Goes” by The La’s

“Friday I’m In Love” by The Cure

“Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder

Whatever song you do choose, make sure that you practice dancing to it beforehand. It’s never a bad idea to consult a professional or attend a dance class to get a better feel of how to dance correctly. Not to mention, the one-on-one time you get to spend with your future spouse serves as a romantic preview of the final day. Practice makes perfect, and if you plan accordingly your first wedding dance will be too!