Tell your love story though song

By Moazama Rafiqzad — Daily Correspondent

From Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley to Christina Perri and Norah Jones, when it comes to picking the right songs for your wedding, the choices are immense. Whatever song you pick sets the tone for your wedding.

According to DJ Casey, of Casey Entertainments in Winchester, despite changing music trends, some songs never get old.

“Couples pick all kinds of songs for their first dance, but the song that seems to be requested most is “At Last” by Etta James, a classic,” he said.

As you take your first steps toward the rest of your life and onto the dance floor for your first dance as a couple, keep in mind that this song should tell your love story.

To help ease the decision-making process when there is so much to think about, here’s a list of best-loved, most-requested songs for your joyous occasion.

First dance

  • “Marry Me,” by Train, 2010 pop/rock from the album “Save Me”
  • “I Cross My Heart,” by George Strait, 1992 country from the album “Pure Country”
  • “Could I Have This Dance,” by Anne Murray, 1980 county from the album “Anne Murray’s Greatest Hits”
  • “Marry Me,” by Jason Derulo, 2012 pop from the album “Tattoos”
  • “A Thousand Years,” by Christina Perri, a 2011 pop single through Atlantic, Chop Shop
  • “Come Away With Me,” by Norah Jones, a 2001 blues/jazz/folk single through Blue Note
  • “You and Me,” by Lifehouse, 2005 alternative rock from the album “Lifehouse”
  • “From This Moment,” by Shania Twain, 1998 pop/country from the album “Come On Over”
  • “Reason to Believe,” by Rod Stewart, 1971 rock from the album “Every Picture Tells a Story “
  • “I Won’t Give Up,” by Jason Mraz, 2011 folk rock from the album “Love Is a Four Letter Word”

Picking songs to honor those that have guided and supported you through your life can be a challenge. The thing to keep in mind during this process is the generational gap. So, pick a song that tells the person you are honoring how you feel about them, but also pick a genre that they are comfortable dancing to.

A wedding begins a new chapter in a bride’s life. As your father walks you down the aisle to give you away, it signifies the transition from childhood into adulthood. The traditional father-daughter dance is a chance for you to honor the man who has been there for you, the first man in your life that you loved and respected. This is your way of thanking him for all that he has done.

Father-daughter dance

  • “Butterfly Kisses,” by Bob Carlisle, 1997 country crossover from the album “Shades of Grace”
  • “Daddy Dance With Me,” by Krystal Keith, 2013 country from the album “Whiskey and Lace”
  • “Cinderella,” by Steven Curtis Curtis, 2007 country crossover/pop/rock from the album “This Moment”
  • “Never Gonna Be Alone,” by Nickleback, 2009 alternative rock from the album “Dark Horse”
  • “Daddy’s Hands,” by Holly Dunn, 1986 country from the album Holly Dunn”
  • “For My Dad,” by Nancy Sinatra, 2006 pop from the album “For My Dad”
  • “When You Need Me,” by Bruce Springsteen, 1998 rock from the 1998 “Bruce Springsteen Compilation”
  • “Father and Daughter,” by Paul Simon, 2006 pop from the album “Surprise”
  • “I Loved Her First,” by Heartland, a 2006 country single by Lofton Creek Records Inc.
  • “My Little Girl,” by Tim McGraw, 2006 country from his “Greatest Hits”

Mother-son dances are not a common tradition, informs DJ Casey. Still, embracing this rare tradition recognizes a mother’s hard work in raising a gentleman. It’s a perfect way for a groom to celebrate his mother. Show her that while you now have your bride by your side, you still remember the woman who taught you love and affection. Consider honoring her with one of these songs.

Mother-son dance

  • “A Song For Mama,” by Boyz II Men, 1997 R&B/soul from the album “Evolution”
  • “I Hope You Dance,” by Lee Ann Womack, a 2000 country single
  • “Wind Beneath My Wings,” by Bette Midler, from the 1988 soundtrack to the movie “Beaches”
  • “Because You Loved Me,” by Celine Dion, 1996 pop from the album “Falling Into You”
  • “A Mother’s Love,” by Mark Masri, 2010 country crossover from the album “La Voce”. “I.O.U.,” by Jimmy Dean, 1976 country from the album “I.O.U.”
  • “My Wish,” by Rascal Flatts 2006 country from the album Me and My Gang”
  • “A Mother’s Prayer,” by Melissa Manchester 2004 vocal from the album “When I Look Down The Road”
  • “Blessed,” by Elton John, 1995 rock from the album “Made In England”
  • “What a Wonderful World,” by Louis Armstrong, 1968 jazz from the album”What A Wonderful World”

Whatever direction you choose, be sure that picking music for your special day is a decision you make as a couple. Keep your guests in mind and include something for everyone.

“Book early,” says DJ Casey. “The center of your entertainment is music. And take your time consulting your deejay to make sure they are the right fit for you.”

To contact DJ Casey, call 540-303-1988, email dj.casey@comcast.net or visit www.djcasey.net.