Planning Your Wedding First Dance

When does the wedding first dance happen

The first dance is when the party starts, and the bride and groom can let their hair down.

But for some, the first dance can be the most nerve-wracking part of the proceedings. That’s why it helps to plan your dance, so you’ll feel completely at ease on the big day.

The timeline for your wedding first dance – when does the wedding first dance happen?

The first dance usually signals the start of the evening event. Once dinner is over, and the cake has been cut, the couple will take to the floor.

 However, some couples will choose to have their dance earlier in the day at the start of the reception, after they make their grand entrance.

Protocol for your wedding first dance – who dances with who

Once the bride and groom have finished the first dance, it’s traditional for the bride to dance with her father (or the person who gave her away). Meanwhile, the groom will ask his new mother-in-law to dance.

The best man should dance with the chief bridesmaid and the other bridesmaids. After the first dances, the bride and groom generally stay on the floor for a few songs and encourage their guests to join them.

How long your first dance lasts is us to you. However, it’s generally recommended not to exceed three minutes. You don’t want your guests to become bored. The sooner you finish, the sooner they can join in.

If your first dance song is much longer than this, you can always get the band to play a shorter version or ask your DJ to fade it out at a certain point.

Tips for your wedding first dance

If you’ve chosen to dance to a slow, romantic song, it’s helpful to practice your moves beforehand.  Alternatively, you can just pick a dance track you love and freestyle it.

Whichever option you choose, make sure you’ve fully briefed the band or the DJ beforehand, so you don’t have any unwelcome surprises. It’s also a good idea to check out the lyrics of any songs, to ensure they’re appropriate for the occasion.

If one or both of you are nervous about dancing, it helps to have a tune with a clear, strong beat. This makes it easier for you to follow the music.

You should both be comfortable when dancing so bear this in mind when deciding on your wedding outfits. If the wedding dress is full length or has a train, you’ll need to figure out how you can dance comfortably while holding it up.


Choreography for your wedding first dance

Confidence is vital. Stand up straight and look at ease when you take to the floor. Stay calm and listen to the music and then begin to dance. Practice will help, especially if you’re going to perform a dance routine.

If you want to be creative with your wedding dance, then it’s worth taking some dance lessons beforehand, unless you’re already a competent dancer. Ballroom dances are perfect for a traditional wedding.

Learning a ballroom hold will give your dance a professional feel, and your posture will look great in the photos. It will also help you to connect with each other and dance more confidently.

Finally, smile. You should be looking at each other lovingly. Don’t worry about your steps – enjoy the moment and let your happiness show.

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