Your first dance is a great way to kick off your reception and set the mood for the rest of the night. We’ve put together some fun tips that Photographick brides have shared with us to help make your first dance something fun and beautiful that you and your guests will always remember!
Choose your song carefully
When selecting your song, pick a song with meaning to you and your fiancé. But also consider things such as the beat. Is it actually a song you can dance to? Some beautiful songs were not really recorded for dancing. The second is the length. While you may love a longer song selection, your guests will have revisited the bar and started talking amongst themselves long before its conclusion. You can choose a shorter song, have the DJ fade your song out before it’s over, or have the DJ cut you a shorter version to play for your dance. Keeping it to 2-3 minutes is a good plan.
Plan a beginning and an end
Dance professionals call this an entrance and an exit. Having this planned can make you much more at ease during this spotlight moment. Think about how you will enter the dance floor. On each other’s arm? Will you walk on before or after the music starts? Will you meet in the middle? How will you end your dance, with a kiss? Plan how you will segue into the next activity.
Plan in advance!
Performing a choreographed wedding dance is a new skill, even if you already dance a bit. Be sure to allow yourself time to feel comfortable with your dance steps. Remember that as your wedding date approaches, you’ll be extremely busy with family and last minute arrangements, Practicing your dance will be hard to fit in. Start early!
Have fun practicing!
In between your lessons, be sure to practice your new dance skills. This is a great time to get used to working as a team. Learning something new can be stressful, though, especially under all the other pressures you may be feeling as you plan your wedding. Remember how much you are in love, and have fun together! If possible, you’ll want to practice in the shoes you’ll be wearing on your wedding day. If you will be wearing a full skirt, practice while wearing the petticoat…a big skirt can feel different to the bride and the groom, and getting used to it will make you more confident.
Talk to your DJ and Photographer
Make sure your DJ and photographer know what you’re up to! The DJ will need to know how you will enter and exit your dance so they can cue the music accordingly
Tell your photographer if you are planning on doing more than just swaying in the middle of the floor. Be sure to keep your photographer in the loop if you plan on doing any fancy dips or utilizing a large part of the dance floor.