Your First Dance

Make your big day memorable


The first dance that a couple perform at their wedding reception to celebrate their union as man and wife is one of the most eagerly awaited events of the reception, so it pays to choose the right song and do a credible performance that is enjoyed by everyone. Here’s a few tips to help you get it right on the night.

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Decide Together

It’s important to choose a song that has a special meaning to the two of you. No matter whether your mother danced her first dance to the sound of Doris Day, it doesn’t mean that will work for you. Try and think of a song that brings a smile to both of your lips when you hear it, or a song you sing together in the bath, just make it personal to you.


Try and choose a romantic song which has an easy to hear and feel steady beat. If possible you want a song which has a slow romantic start and the guests can encircle the loving couple, followed by a few natural pauses where the parents can join in the dancing, then the bridesmaids, and finally all of the guests in a happy and raucous romp. If you’re not the best of dancers you don’t want to be choosing a long boring dance which is cringe making to watch.

For The Adventurous

It’s becoming far more common for the bride and groom to do something a little out of the ordinary for their first dance. If you want to do your rendition of ‘Dirty Dancing’ or ‘You’re The One That I Want’ from Grease, then go ahead, but make sure you’ve put in the time to rehearse together. If you want to dance a really spectacular dance to kick off the reception, then take some dancing lessons.

What Size is your Dance Floor

When planning your dance you need to take into account the size of your dance floor and try to practice your dance at home in a similar sized setting. If you don’t have enough room to practice he whole routine, then break it down into sets of steps.

Inform Your Team

Let your band, DJ and photographer know when you’re planning to do your first dance. Check that the DJ or band are playing your song at the same tempo as the CD you have been practising at home. If necessary, point out any set moves that you would love your photographer to get a picture of.

Naturally, you may feel a little nervous before the big dance, so make sure you’ve had a small tipple to steady your nerves, take a couple of deep breaths, hold on tightly to your partner, and just go for it. It’s your day and although all eyes are on you, no one will be marking you out of 10 points!


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