There seems to be a lot more pressure today on wedding couples to have the perfect first dance. How many songs should we mash up, how long should it be, how many people should be involved? The list of potential things to worry about is endless. These are the top 10 things to think about when planning your first dance.
1) Decide to take lessons at least 3 months prior to your wedding. The larger the dream, and the more in depth of a dance you would like, the longer you will need to prepare it.
2) If you do not have a song, do not panic! It can sometimes be easier to learn how to dance and to choose a song that fits your favorite dance vs finding a dance that could fit a song you may want to change.
3) Keep in mind that the average attention span of any one person is not very long. You do not need to dance to the whole song. Please do not feel that by doing so, it’ll make you any better or worse of a dancer.
4) Wear shoes that will be similar to what it is that you will be wearing on the day of. This will help eliminate breaking in new shoes the day of, and will give you an idea of what it will feel like to move in them.
5) This is your first dance, and so we NEED your feedback on what you would like, what you are hoping for, and what you do not want. We are in this to give you your dream, not give you our dream.
6) If you are planning a father/daughter, mother/son, or bridal party dance let us know early. We too need time to plan for that.
7) The traditional slow dance is not dead. We can make you look like comfortable dancers, or we can give you choreography. Please do not feel that you have to be as flashy as possible. Dance in a fashion that suits you, not your audience.
8) Talk to you DJ/Band beforehand. Let them know about any walking on, fading of music, switching of music, or any specific cues in your dance that they will need to know. This is probably not their first rodeo either.
9) Talk to your photographer/videographer. They will appreciate knowing what it is that you would like for them to look for!
10) Use your dance lessons as a chance to get away from planning, stress, work, and everything else. Just be with your partner, hold them, laugh with them, and enjoy this time together!