How to Rock Your Wedding First Dance | 5 Tips and Tricks - Grier Cooper Photography

How to Rock Your Wedding First Dance | 5 Tips and Tricks

Your wedding first dance first dance: one of the most romantic moments of your wedding day, your moment to shine as a couple… yet sadly, it’s also one of the most overlooked parts of wedding planning. Most couples don’t know how to prepare, or have much experience out on the dance floor, but whether you realize it or not, your first dance sets the tone for your entire party. When your guests see you out there having a great time they will follow your lead, so so you owe it to them (and yourselves) to learn how to rock your first dance. We’ve prepared a few simple tips to help you get your moves polished up before your wedding day so you can start your party right!
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Begin preparing 4 to 6 months before your wedding date.

You’ll want to give yourself time to adequately prepare for your first dance. Whether you choose to work with an instructor or not, the more you practice ahead of time, the more comfortable you will feel out there on the dance floor on your wedding day. Your first dance will be a treasured moment for both of you, so show up prepared!

Choose your wedding dance music wisely.

The song you choose can make all the difference in whether or not or makes your party fall flat or everyone starts itching to get out there on the dance floor with you. Make sure you choose a song that speaks to both of you and gets the party started. If your song has a slow beat, consider putting together a medley of songs that includes some that are more up-tempo.

Keep your wedding dance choreography streamlined.

Your first dance dance doesn’t have to be flashy; you’re not auditioning for SYTYCD…  However, both you and your guests will enjoy it a lot more if you do something besides just swaying side to side. Do your homework ahead of time and create a short and simple routine! First work on hearing the beat, then add simple footwork. After that you can add in a couple of basic turns or other more creative moves.

Consider working with a wedding dance instructor.

Lots of couples struggle with preparing for the first dance, since they don’t have much experience together on the dance floor. A couple of lessons with a professional can make a huge difference in your confidence and performance. A wedding dance instructor can also help you put together a simple routine so you really shine.

Practice your wedding dance moves.

It’s important to set aside some time to fine-tune your wedding first dance. Many couples discover how much fun it is to dance together, and it becomes a lifelong habit. Have patience with yourself and your partner, and keep at it till everything flows smoothly.

Have fun!

Dancing together is really enjoyable, especially when you’re prepared. Remember, all eyes are on you when you’re up there, and when your guests see you guys having a great time, everyone will want to hop and join you out there on the dance floor.

Gearing up for your wedding first dance is fun and easy if you follow these few simple steps. Taking the time to prepare means you’ll get great wedding first dance photos AND be the life of your party. Shine on!

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  1. Anna Andsten says:

    Thank you for sharing your tips! We’re getting married next year, so I am taking my time to plan everything. I am little bit worried how to survive the wedding dance, since we are not very good dancers with my fiancee. I guess it would be a good idea to take some dance classes. I bet there’s a lot of professional dancers, who can make us a choreography.
    The question about music doesn’t have an answer yet, we will have to think about that, too. Thank you for bringing up the tempo, I would have not thought about that!
    Thank you for this post!

    • Grier Cooper says:

      I’m so glad you found it helpful, Anna. Good for you for planning ahead!

    • says:

      So glad you are thinking about all of this, Anna! It’s best to start early… I recommend taking dance classes and having someone choreography a special wedding dance for you-if that’s what you want. Most importantly: have fun!

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