Two left feet? Not a problem if you choreograph your first dance!
Everyone knows you and your future spouse will be in the spotlight on your wedding day. From the moment you walk down the aisle until the moment you leave the venue. You’re probably spending all of your planning on the little details that it might slip your mind what your first dance will be like as a married couple.
Some people consider taking dance lessons ahead of time to ease the stress of the dance, so you feel less awkward dancing in front of your friends and family. But before you protest and claim you have two left feet and there’s no hope, here are five reasons why you should choreograph your first dance!
Sure, you might have your wedding song picked out – that’s probably an easy one. But as the day gets closer you might start to panic, thinking about how everyone will be staring at you as you walk out on the dance floor and twirl around for a good two to three minutes by yourselves. You shouldn’t freak out though! If you have a routine for your first dance, it takes the stress off of both of you as you work the entire dance floor.
You’ll Impress Your Guests
It doesn’t matter whether you’re beginners and taking dance lessons as a couple for the first time, or you’re pros on the dance floor. Wowing your guests with some choreographed fancy footwork will leave them with even more great memories of your special day.
It Passes the Time
When you have a choreographed first dance, every beat and every minute will be filled with choreography. Instead of swaying back and forth or around in circles for the entire song – and let’s face it, those two to three minutes can seem like an eternity – you’ll actually pass the time quicker with counting out the steps in your heads.
It Makes For a Great Wedding Video
Everyone is bound to be taking out their cameras or cellphones to film your first dance. If you’ve nailed that choreography, think about how much more awesome those videos will be! Plus, as you look back on those videos years later (or show your future children), you’ll be impressed with how in sync you were.
You’ll Utilize the Whole Dance Floor
Oftentimes, couples will find themselves in the same spot on the dance floor, making it hard for all of their guests to catch a glimpse of you. If you’ve choreographed your first dance, you can make sure you work the entire dance floor so that everyone will be able to snap a photo or film a snippet of you as you twirl or dance by.
If the thought of dancing with your future spouse in front of all of those people still makes you nervous, you could also consider getting everyone involved! Having ‘flash mobs’ or choreographed dances with your friends, family, and significant other has been a trend for quite some time. Not only does it take the pressure off of you, but it makes everyone feel like they are part of your special moment! Here are a few tips if you want to choreograph a flash mob as part of your first dance.
Make It a ‘Surprise’
If you just involve your bridal party and a few close friends and family members, the choreographed ‘flash mob’ will surprise the rest of your guests. And if you make it part of your first dance, it will be an even better surprise as people start making their way to join you on the dance floor.
Start With Your Slow Dance
Why not start off with your typical slow first dance, but only have the DJ play the song for a minute before switching over to your faster choreographed group dance? It keeps the traditional first dance concept, but then involves guests for a fun, special moment.
The more people you have involved in your choreographed dance, the more practice you’ll need to have. A great idea is to record yourself with a friend or your future spouse doing the dance and send it out to your bridal party and family to allow them to practice on their own time. Just make sure you give them ample time to perfect their moves.
Keep It Simple
A big trend right now is doing Tik Tok dances at weddings. But remember, while you may be a master of those moves, the people who will be involved might not be. Keep the choreography simple and easy to follow. Think more along the lines of three or four key moves and repeat! This way everyone from your little flower girl to grandma can follow along and join in the fun.
Need some inspiration? Check out the flash mob from my wedding!
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Written by Christine McGrath,