(Closed) How long is the first dance?

posted 5 years ago in Music
Post # 3
3170 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We danced to the entire song, I didn’t care about how long it was. I was dancing with my husband for the first time.

Post # 4
525 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

The length of the song is a total irrelevant factor for us in picking songs. I’d rather have a song we like, then worry about it being too long.

We’re playing the full song – it’s about 3:30 min. If our song was 5 min long, I’d still play the whole song. My fiance and I only get one first dance as husband and wife, and I plan to get lost in the moment and enjoy it for as long as the song lasts 🙂

I know my guests may get bored, but that’s their problem. We’re having our reception in a museum, so they are free to wander off.

Post # 5
8580 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I don’t like people STARING at me for long periods of time. I have anxiety issues with it.


So, we’re going to be dancing for about 45 seconds to a minute, then have our dj call out our parents to the dance floors, then bms, special guests & everyone else.


We were going to do a mother/daughter and mother/son dance, but I think we’re going to skip it.




Post # 6
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Full song, it’s about 3.5 minutes. I wouldn’t pick something super short (under 2:45) or super long (over 5.5).

Post # 7
32 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

Our song is originally 4 minutes long. I had it edited to about 2.5 minutes. Wasn’t so much about the time, we just liked the verses in the second part of the song and wanted to start the dance during those verses. We have been taking dance lessons and are having it choreographed but still want to keep it short and sweet. 

Post # 8
926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Ours was 4 minutes and the whole song was played. It seemed a bit long for us to be out there by ourselves (awkward!!) so we had the bridal party join in about at about 2/3 the way through.

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