Your First Dance can be a truly special moment during your soiree, but the thought of dancing alone with your Lover in front of all your guests can also be terrifying! And Lover, you are not alone.
Dancing is not a common skill in modern society, but we have the best tips and tricks to create a beautiful, undisturbed moment of magic with your Lover.
Practice, Practice, Practice!
It's been said a thousand times before, but when it comes to your first dance - Practice makes perfect! Don't leave your first dance to chance and make sure you schedule some time with your Lover. Practicing your dance in the lead up is sure to increase your confidence and make you look and feel comfortable on the dance floor! Wedding planning can be very stressful, but practicing your first dance, even in your living room, can provide some much needed quality time between you and your Lover in the lead up to your big day.
Don't be nervous!
It is so easy to be overwhelmed by the concept of dancing in front of all your guests. But the best way to squash those nerves is to keep your eyes and your focus on your Lover. This will help you block out everyone else in the room and you will be surprised at how much this will help to calm those nerves! This will also allow your photographer to capture a beautiful moment between you and your Lover.
When should you start practicing?
Whether starting lessons with a choreographer or or just practicing alone in your living room, it is important not to leave it to the last minute! Dancing is very similar to learning a language and it takes time for your body to develop muscle memory and to feel confident in your skills. We recommend starting to practice 2-3 months before your big day.
How long should your first dance be?
When you're focused and in the moment, your first dance will fly by! You want to make your dance is at least 2.5 minutes, but no longer than 3.5 minutes. It's best to keep it short and sweet, but long enough to allow your guests to witness and your photographer to capture the incredible connection between you and your Lover.
Practice in your Wedding shoes.
The shoes you dance in can make a huge difference to the way you feel on the dance floor! So it is really important that you practice in your wedding shoes before your big day. This will also help you break in your shoes before the wedding, so they are comfier! It also helps to practice in similar clothing, this will help you get used to the feeling of your wedding attire and how it might restrict your movements.
Should you take lessons?
The best advice we can give you is to book a few lessons to prepare for your first dance! These lessons don't need to include a fully choreographed first dance routine, but can give you the basics in how to look and feel comfortable on the dance floor, while avoiding the side to side sway. Experienced teachers will give you the tools you need to create a memorable moment for you, your Lover and your family and friends.