4 Tips To Prepare For Your First Dance At Your Wedding

The first dance at your wedding presents you and your partner as a married couple to all of your friends and family. Some people feel anxious about the first dance, afraid of stumbling or otherwise looking silly. Reduce nervous feelings by preparing thoroughly. Use these four tips to prepare for your first dance at your wedding.

Pick the Song Thoughtfully 

You want to pick a song that showcases your love. At the same time, you want to pick a song that's easy to dance to. 

The waltz is one of the easiest dances to learn. It's slow, smooth, and a simple four-count.

Some wedding song ideas that go well with a waltz include:

  • From This Moment On - Shania Twain
  • The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight - Elton John
  • If I Ain't Got You - Alicia Keys

Get Wedding Dance Lessons 

Many couples benefit from the help of a professional dance instructor. A private instructor can work with you and your partner once a week for a month or two before the wedding. Your wedding dance lesson instructor will teach you the basics before creating simple choreography. The harder you work, the more advanced and beautiful the dance will get. You and your partner should practice in between classes, giving the instructor confidence in your abilities. That confidence will rub off on you and your partner on the big day.

Incorporate Photo Ops Into the Choreography

All eyes and cameras will be on you during your dance. Embrace the moment by hamming it up for the pictures. Talk to your dance instructor about how to position your body and your face to produce the best pictures. The instructor may even teach you dips and spins that you can do dramatically on the dance floor. Don't forget to hold your poses for a second or two before going back to the choreography.  

Start Slow and End Fast 

Most couples have various facets of their personality. Yes, the romantic side will be embraced during the first dance, but the fun side should have a chance to come out, too. Consider picking a slow, romantic song and then ending with a fast dance song that will get everyone pumped up, such as "Happy"  or "Uptown Funk." After the key change, invite your guests to join you on the dance floor!

The first dance at your wedding is arguably the most important dance of your life. While it doesn't have to be perfect, use these tips to prepare for it to the best of your ability.