Each wedding has its own unique personality, which means that there are many different first dance choices to be made. Some weddings want their couples to dwell on the past while others hope for a more romantic atmosphere in order to establish an emotional connection between bride and groom during this special moment before they officially become husband or wife—but no matter what you decide on as far as style goes, no one can deny how meaningful it is when someone says “I Do.” Whatever you choose, your first dance shows off your personality as a couple.
The First Dance is an Important Decision. Here’s Why.
There are good reasons the first dance has stayed popular over the centuries. First, it’s a lovely tradition that has hundreds of years of history behind it. The idea of hosts opening the dance floor with a first dance dates back to 17th Century balls and has evolved over the decades from minuets, waltzes, and quadrilles to more modern ballroom dances and popular grooves. The first dance is also a symbolic moment introducing the new couple to friends and family. It’s at once a tender, intimate moment and an event that everyone in the room is watching.
Finally, the first dance helps make the transition from the ceremony to the party. Once the traditional dances between bride and groom and then new spouses with their parents take place, the dance floor is open for an evening of fun.
Is There a Perfect Song for Your First Dance?
Every first dance should be memorable, so take the time to find a song that will make it extra special. You may have your favorite type of music or style – contemporary ballads are perfect for long walks along the beach while country favorites keep things simple and easy going with their straightforward beat; jazz standards can turn anything into an elegant waltz! But remember: just because you like certain songs doesn’t mean they’re right for this occasion (unless specifically requested). The key here is finding something both parties enjoy doing together on prom night which also allows room to practice before that special day rolls around.
What Are The Best Types of Dances for The Bride and Groom?
From a basic slow dance to more polished ballroom moves, here are some of the most popular types of wedding dances:
- A slow dance or sway doesn’t take too much prep and works well with most romantic songs.
- Waltz: the box steps and turns in a waltz take just a little practice and waltzes work surprisingly well with contemporary ballads.
- Foxtrot: This smooth style features steps similar to a waltz but with a faster rhythm. It works well with both classic and contemporary songs and is great for adding fun dance moves.
- Latin dance styles like rhumba or mambo or even hip hop can work well for brides and grooms. You’ll definitely want a few lessons since these moves take plenty of practice and just the right song to make it work.
What About Other Dance Opportunities At A Wedding
What better way to spend time with your parents before you get married than by teaching them some new dance moves? These traditional Father/Daughter and Mother-Son “kickoff” dances can provide sweet memories as well as an opportunity for friends and family members who are on the guest list. A little sentiment is often involved in these kickoffs, but it doesn’t have to be sappy or sad! For example, Natalie Cole’s song Unforgettable or Louis Armstrong’s What A Wonderful World would make great routines for either side of this special relationship – plus there’ll always be something appealing about having fun together while learning how each other likes Their favorite tunes may already know–but if not take lessons so they will enjoy being able-bodied enough during prenuptial bonded moments
The Wedding Dance: Practice Alleviates the Stress
You don’t want to mess up your first dance, but at the same time, you want it to be enjoyable and special. That’s why we recommend practicing with a partner before deciding what song is going to make for an unforgettable moment for the two of you.
The best way of ensuring that this becomes a one-of-a-kind experience instead of something average or below par? Practice!
A few professional lessons can help you feel less clumsy and can make the experience more enjoyable and relaxed for you and your spouse. At Arthur Murray Dance Studio, our wedding services run the gamut from helping couples plan a choreographed routine a year in advance to working with couples for six or eight lessons to get the basics and take the edge off. Whatever your needs, professional dance instruction is an investment that will likely pay off throughout your marriage at other events and friends’ weddings. And it’s a delightful activity you can do together. So many couples come in for help with that first dance and come back just for the fun of it.