Wedding memories linger on far after the celebration is over! After all, unless you are an in-demand celebrity with every move documented by the paparazzi, this will be the most heavily photographed day of your entire life!
The special dances as I call them consist of a specific couple or a specific group of people who take their places on the dance floor. The most common of these are: the 1st Dance of the bride and groom, the parent dances (father & daughter | mother & son), and the bridal party dance.
These dances can be very fun and create a memorable moment. Some couples include every member of their wedding party and invest hours practicing. Most take a traditional approach and practice their first dance a time or too.
Like most wedding activities, there is no right or wrong way. This is your day! You should do what will make you feel the way that you want to feel and create the vibe that you want to share with your guests. Whatever you choose, you should keep in mind that if the dances or any other activity involves embarrassing moments, it’ll be hard to forget for you, your guests, or both.
Commonly Asked Questions About Wedding Dances
Question: What is proper wedding dance etiquette?
Answer: There is more than one answer to this question, depending on what you choose: the traditional dance or what's currently in style. Traditionally, there's a proper order for brides and grooms to dance with each other. Dances at more contemporary weddings are totally up to the bride and groom.
Typical Wedding Dance Order
Although there's a specific order for the typical wedding dance, any part of it may be changed according to needs and tastes of the couple. Make sure the entire wedding party understands their part.
After the introduction of the bride, groom, and the rest of the wedding party, the bride and groom share the first dance.
For the next dance, the father of the bride dances with the bride.
The next dance the groom asks his mother to dance.
Remember that all of these are editable. There may be variables that alter the order, such as a disabled or deceased parent. Often there may be two fathers | daughter dances due to divorce.
Keep in mind that the main goal of dancing or any activity is to create and share moments with those that matter most and in the manner that you feel comfortable. Be yourself and be genuine because after all, that person is the person that your family and friends love and admire.
Fun Wedding Dance Trends
Couples are getting more creative with their wedding dances, and you're likely to see a variety of moves on the dance floor. Some of them post to social media and YouTube, so you can do a search to see what others are doing.
Any of these trends may be copied or used for inspiration:
A choreographed bride and groom ballroom dance that is clearly well rehearsed. This typically takes a few dance lessons and preparation.
A surprise bride and groom dance that has been choreographed to shake up the reception. This typically starts out slow and romantic. Then the music stops, the bride and groom look at each other in mock surprise, and then they bust out some moves that have the guests doubled over laughing.
Wedding party dance that looks like a stage production. What better way to bond with bridesmaids and groomsmen than spending your evenings leading up to the big day in a dance studio?
General Wedding Dance Tips
For the first dance, choose a song that you love and one that speaks to the relationship between the two of you.
Practice dancing to the song before the wedding. If either of you has little or no experience on the dance floor, take a lesson from a professional. A few lessons will make a huge difference and give you confidence to dance in front of others.
Don’t forget to account for the length of your wedding dress. If it is long or has a train, bustle it so you don't trip over it.
Wear shoes that are comfortable for dancing. If you aren't used to high heels, wear lower heels or flats. Note: This can also affect the length of the dress so factor this in if a change of footwear is planned.
Timeline & Playlist for Open Dancing
After the bridal couple dances, and all of the parent dances have been completed, it is time to open the dance floor to the guests. Couples should choose their song list for dancing based on who will be attending and their sensibilities. Although the wedding and reception should be primarily focused on the bride and groom, it is always good form to show respect for the people who have taken time out of their busy lives to share the experience.
Choose a song list that suits your tastes and the sensibilities of the guests:
You may not want to subject some of your guests to hardcore hip-hop music, so start out with music that is milder in content. If your grand parents and great uncle are there, they will appreciate some music from their era.
In a subtle way, you can let the guests know that the music will change as the afternoon or evening wears on, so they can enjoy the earlier part of the night and leave when they sense the transition to something that might make them uncomfortable.
Include the parents of the bride and groom in song selection. You don't need to let them choose every song but giving them some choice shows that you respect and care enough to make them happy.
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