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Ready for the first dance at your wedding?

November 1, 2016

You’ve probably seen the videos, there are stacks on YouTube, they do endless rounds on social media, every single one seems to set the bar a little higher. Yes, we’re talking about THAT moment – when the just married couple take to the dance floor and perform the first dance.

Wedding DanceSometimes an excuse for a bit of a smooch, sometimes an awkward side-to-side or round and around shuffle, the slow dance arm in arm now seems to be rather last century. Now, if you haven’t hired the services of a choreographer who has then worked secretly with you for months to perfect a jaw-dropping dance routine, you really haven’t made much of an effort – should we perhaps blame Strictly Come Dancing for unleashing everyone’s inner dancer?!

And it’s no longer the sole preserve of the bride and groom. Sometimes the bride or groom will have taken things into their own hands to surprise their new other half with a dance. Other times they’ll be in cahoots with each other, the best man, the bridesmaids, father of the bride, the list is endless – and endlessly entertaining if you can pull it off!

First DanceBut what if you have two left feet or don’t enjoy taking centre stage?
We all know our limitations, and if a slow shuffle is as good as it gets, then just make sure it’s as good as it can possibly be. Choose a song that means something to both of you. Maybe it’s a song you listened to a lot when you first met, maybe it was playing in the background when you accepted the proposal – your dance will feel more romantic if you have a special moment in mind. Then practice and keep practising!

Whilst you might have no intentions of turning into Fred and Ginger or Anton and Erin, a few basic ballroom dancing lessons would not go amiss – after all, all eyes really will be on you for those few minutes that you are on the dancefloor. And a tip specifically for brides, rehearse at least several times whilst wearing your wedding shoes. Practising in flats and then trying to perform the same steps in heels on the day could be risky. You might also have to think about how easily you can move in your wedding dress as well. Even the likes of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian found their first dance a little tricky – and they were barely moving!

Of course, if you’re feeling brave and confident, you could just go all out for maximum impact. Get inspired by a movie you both love or lull your guests into a false sense of security by dancing to a slow song before a sudden change to a much funkier track for a really fun dance mash-up.

Wedding DJWhether you’re planning to wow your guests or are simply going to perfect that shuffle dance, Inside Outside will make sure that you have a quality dancefloor to take to – and one that is perfectly level. Lighting will set the mood perfectly, and we can introduce you to talented DJs and live bands. Once you’ve performed the first dance, you can then relax and encourage the rest of your guests to join you on the dancefloor.


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