For some of you, it’s up there as one of the key moments of your wedding day. Others will probably be dreading it – all eyes focused on you, under the spotlight and it’s probably going to be caught on film. So now is the time to make your first dance an unforgettable moment for you and your guests – for all the right reasons!
Your first dance as a married couple
If you’re confident dancers and could give the celebs on Strictly Come Dancing a run for their money then you’re probably fine with taking centre stage, perhaps even looking forward to it.
However, if you’ve got two left feet and don’t want to be humiliated, then it might be a good idea to build up your confidence with some professional dancing lessons.
Of course, you don’t have to have a first dance together – but tradition dictates you should and hey, why not see it as an opportunity to do something new together? Learn a choreographed number together and you’ve got the perfect party piece to break out at any time!
Choosing your first dance music
So what should you dance to? You can go for a slow, romantic ballad, or if you’re an adventurous couple then maybe you could learn a fiery tango!
Some songs are classics for the first dance at your wedding, such as ‘Can’t take my eyes off you’ by timeless crooner Andy Williams, ‘It had to be you’ by Harry Connick Jr or the more recent hit, ‘She’s the one’ by Robbie Williams. Ultimately, you should pick a song that means something to you as a couple.
How long before you’re a ballroom pro?
“You’ll need around five hours of lessons if you want to learn a fully choreographed routine.” says Adam Gardner from First Dance UK. “Alternatively, if you and your fiancé can dance a bit already and you just want to brush-up on your skills, then you might find a single lesson is just fine.”
It’s probably best to start your lessons around three months before your wedding but if this is a last minute decision, don’t panic. Companies like First Dance UK will work around your schedule.
A routine’s not for everyone
Of course, you could opt out of anything formal and just have a smoochy shuffle on the dance floor, but isn’t that a little dull? After all, it’s your big day and everyone is wishing you well. So if your routine doesn’t go entirely to plan, it doesn’t really matter.
Just choose some music you both love, have fun and enjoy the moment. And if you’re nervous, why not ask your friends and family to join you on the dance floor after the first chorus?
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