Firstly, have a think about what you both want to achieve. a few simple steps, or, a choreograph ed routine which reflects the emotion of the day, or you may want to surprise your wedding guests with a fully choreograph ed piece involving the entire bridal party!
Decide on a song which means something to you both. Whether it be a tune that brings back all those feelings you had when you first started dating, or something that reminds you of how good you are together, make sure it has feeling - it will show through on the night!
Your song choice's rhythm will help determine which dance s can be used. Our best advice is to keep it short (we recommend 3 minutes or less). First Dance can assist you with track edits too.
Time & Practice
If you want to achieve something special, give yourselves at least six months prior to the wedding date to start planning.
We all have different abilities on the dance floor, so it also takes a few lessons and a bit of practice to look comfortable dancing together.
With time and practice your leads and follows will become smooth and flowing, so that you move as one. With repetition of the choreography and familiarity with the music, you forget the steps and start to dance!
"First Dance Etiquette"
When does the bridal dance occur?
At the wedding reception, the Bride and Groom dance first - usually between the main meal and dessert.
Who dances next?
According to tradition, the MC or the band will give you a few moments after you finish your dance, and will then ask the Father of the Bride (to dance with his daughter), and the Mother of the Groom (to dance with her Son). A simple alternative is to ask the parents to the dance floor.
The bridal party are requeststed to join in, during the latter part of the same song. After this, the MC or the band will play a song for which guests are welcomed to join the bridal party.
Of course, if you are planning something a little different, throw tradition out the window!
5 Tips for a Successful First Dance
- Practice in your wedding shoes!
- Pick a song that means something to you both
- Take your dress into account when considering steps
- Know the dimensions of your dance floor
- Smile for the camera!