A number of couples ask me as part of our discussions about the first dance so I thought I'd put down a few thoughts to consider.
KEEP IT SIMPLE - Unless you are going to take some professional dance lessons then try not to make your 1st dance too complicated. After all it's about you two as a newly married couple enjoying yourselves- that in itself will make it memorable.
TIMING OF THE DANCE - A lot of friends/relatives will wait for the 1st dance to take place before having a "dance" themselves so try not to make it too late in the evening celebration. However, don't make it too early as a number of evening guests may not have arrived. Best way is to talk to your DJ and he will help to keep everyone informed.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT - Even if it's just once have a practice of your dance- and preferably try and wear the shoes you will wear on the day- it will make it that little bit easier.
JOIN IN - Discuss & decide if you want to do the whole dance as a couple or you want others to join in. If you want others to join you on the floor then discuss it with them beforehand (parents/bridesmaids/ best man). However, I normally have a quick discussion with the photographer and he lets me know when he feels he has captured that great photo of you as a couple, and then invite guests onto the floor to join in & celebrate.
SONG CHOICE - There are no hard and fast rules to song choices. My advice is make it personal to you both as this will help you relax and enjoy it more. But always keep it a secret/surprise. I always love the great reaction of friends/family to the song choice.
VERSION CONTROL - This might sound strange but make sure you DJ has the correct version of the song. I always make sure I have it well in advance of the day. I recently had a request for a 1st dance that had 14 different versions on I tunes - so I had to make sure I had the one that mattered. I would also suggest not bringing a copy of the song along on the day- you have enough to think about- and a number of "burnt" CD's don't always play. Let your DJ sort this out & assure you.
Hope that helps.