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The First Dance Wedding Tradition
Your first dance together as bride and groom doesn't need to be a dreaded event! While the bridal waltz of the past was more akin to a ‘bridal shuffle', many couples now take dancing lessons, or at the very least, learn some steps from a DVD tutorial. Here's some tips to making your first dance a memorable moment.
- Take some professional tips. Hiring a choreographer to teach you to dance is a sensible idea. A choreographer will also design a dance to your music. You can find suitable companies at wedding expos or seek out your own. You may choose a sexy rumba, an elegant waltz, samba, foxtrot or others - think about your style as a couple and find the perfect dance to match it.
- Timing is everything. The timing of the first dance is up to you. Some couples like to get their first dance out of the way early, others prefer to wait until after the main course is finished.
- Surprise your guests. Wedding blogger Polkadot Bride says that the latest trend is to have a choreographed dance that gets the guests into the groove and provides an unexpected twist.
- Choose the perfect song. The song should have special meaning to you (many couples choose ‘their' song for the first dance, or something utterly romantic). And, of course, you should feel comfortable dancing to it. So, don't choose a rumba if you feel ridiculously self-conscious!
- When in doubt, stick with the classics. Classic song choices include ‘The Way You Look Tonight' by Frank Sinatra/Michael Buble, ‘Your Song' by Elton John/Moulin Rouge, ‘Fly Me To The Moon' by Frank Sinatra, ‘L-O-V-E' by Natalie Cole and ‘It Had To Be You' by Harry Connick Jnr.
- Get your bridal party up dancing! Of course, nothing says you have to do your first dance alone! You may like to get your bridal party involved. Other special dances you may consider include a father and daughter dance, a mother and son dance and a bridal party dance.
- Dress the dance floor. A gorgeous new idea for your first dance is to dress the dance floor with personalised wedding graffiti, bearing your new monogram, your names entwined romantically or a motif of your choosing to represent your wedding theme. Pink Frosting's exclusive wedding graffiti is the most beautiful way you can adorn your wedding dance floor for the bridal waltz
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