How to Pick Your First Dance
The bride and groom's first dance should be a romantic moment for the couple to remember and treasure forever. A first dance can be a simple, slow dance to your favorite song, or a choreographed routine that involves the entire wedding party. With a bit of planning, you can make sure that your first dance goes off without a hitch.
Setting the Mood
The perfect first dance will reflect who you are as a couple. For some, dancing to the song that was playing when they met each other will be the perfect sentiment. For others, incorporating humor will be the best approach. Many couples perform fun dance routines for their guests to lighten the mood of a stuffy wedding, but this is not always appropriate. When choosing this option, be sure to consider the formality of the wedding, as well as the personalities of guests that will be attending. Whether choosing to dance in a traditional or unconventional manner, it is important that both the bride and groom are comfortable with the decision, as many people are self-conscious about dancing in public.
The obvious music choice for a first dance would be a special song that reminds you of your relationship. Couples that do not have a specific song in mind for the first dance can search wedding music compilations for inspiration, or simply ask the band or deejay for a recommendation. Choreographed dance numbers are better suited to upbeat songs, while traditional slow dances work best with down-tempo music. Keep in mind that any obscenities should be edited, especially if children will in attendance.
Practice Makes Perfect
A bit of practice can help alleviate jitters for those who are nervous about dancing in public. For a traditional, non-choreographed slow dance, a quick run-through with the music is all that is needed. For choreographed dances, you will need to practice enough so that you can focus on executing the dance moves versus remembering them. It is easy to get distracted and flustered during a wedding, and committing the dance to muscle memory will help it to go as smoothly as possible.
When in doubt, get help from an outside source. Couples that need extra instruction can find lessons at a local dance studio. Many local dance studios are accustomed to helping couples prepare for their first dance, and will even help coordinate a routine. Friends and family are also a great resource for ideas and inspiration. No matter how you choose to present your first dance as a couple to your guests, making sure that the music and theme reflect your individuality is the best way to make it a moment to remember.
Posted by Anna K.