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Planning the First Dance

First Dance

The first dance is a very special moment on the wedding day timeline. This is the first time you will dance as a married couple, and the first dance that will occur at the reception before anyone else is invited to the floor. It can feel like a performance, which can be a little overwhelming. Since you want this moment to be impressive and unforgettable, we have a few tips for planning your first dance.

The Style of Your First Dance

This is where the theme and the tone of your celebration requires some thought. Think about whether you want a playful first dance or a sexy tango. Dancing requires synchronized footwork and timing, regardless of the style of dance you choose. If you are not sure about complicated footwork, you might go with a slow dance. The style of dance should match the music. The beats in a measure will affect your footwork and style. You will not play country and dance the tango. Think about your music, the dance and how you envision the moment, and plan the music accordingly. There is more than style to consider. You will want to choose a song with meaningful lyrics. You cannot play a breakup song for its perfect beat. Choose a special song with proper timing from the appropriate genre, and make sure it gives meaning to the moment.

Timing the First Dance

The first dance should say it all, but it doesn’t. When the dance occurs on the timeline is different for everyone. It should occur before the father-daughter dance, other special dances and the open dance floor. Traditionally, the first dance does not occur until after the meal and the cutting of the cake. Many couples choose to make the grand entrance to the reception and immediately continue to the center of the floor for a well choreographed performance. Depending on the events and your unique timeline, your reception might take a different shape.

First Dance

Taking Lessons

Ballroom dancing is not the commonly developed skill it once was, which is why dance lessons are a good choice. If you are leaning towards hip-hop and modern dance to match your style and personality, lessons can help you create the ultimate surprise with choreography and execution. Even if you feel confident about your skills, lessons create a bonding experience for you and your partner. A dance instructor can help you choose your song and create your unique performance.

Do Your First Dance Differently

It is okay for the first dance song to be different from the rest of your wedding music. You will probably choose a different genre of music for the ceremony than the cocktail hour and reception. A special song should be chosen for each highlight moment. You should plan songs for the grand entrance, the first dance, the parent spotlight dances, open dance floor, cake cutting ceremony, bouquet toss and any other special events.

Special Effects

Consider special effects to make your first dance magical. Dancing on cloud effects produces a blanket of low-lying fog on the floor, and creates the illusion of dancing in the clouds. It also creates perfect wedding photography moments. Indoor sparklers and light shows are becoming popular during the grand entrance and first dance. Think about your theme and the type of experience you want to create. Discuss your options with the wedding professionals at your wedding venue.

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Crystal Ballroom Ocala

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