We’ve captured this moment so many times in our wedding videos but it never loses its emotional tug on us. It’s the first dance as a married couple at the wedding reception. All eyes are on you as you dance, either a simple two-step or a well choreographed production, to kick off the evening’s celebration of your love and your future together. You’ve already read the tips online reminding you to take lessons, practice, keep it real and have fun. But with insight from years of experience in filming first dances, we have a few more tips to make your first dance simply perfect!
Be sure to have your first dance be the one and only first dance of the event and allow the bridal party to take a seat for the moment. The first dance as a married couple is a very exciting and emotional time. This is one of the very special moments of the day that should be focused just on you, the new Mr. and Mrs.! If you really want your bridal party to dance with you, have the second dance be set aside for the whole bridal party.
The way you begin your dance is so important, a move that’s often overlooked in the planning and practice stages. Remember, your guests will be watching your every move from the moment you enter and are announced at your reception until the dance is over! We’ve found the most beautiful entrance to your dance is for the groom to lead the bride to the center of the floor, both walking confidently hand in hand with an outstretched arm. If he spins the bride wide, slowly, then brings her in close to begin the dance, it looks gorgeous and not awkward in the least bit!
Also, we can’t stress enough how important it is, both for your guests and for the quality of your wedding films, to be sure to move to the center of the dance floor for your first dance. Please don’t just take three steps out and start your dance by the dinner tables or crowd gathering to watch, without enjoying the benefit of the venue or entertainment’s spotlights or well-positioned camera lights illuminating you. You need to take center stage!
Be sure to check out the most perfect first dances that are found within these weddings we’ve filmed: Nancy and Umberto entered their reception through the arched arms of their loved ones, then took to the center of the dance floor for their first dance. It was choreographed to a T and they even performed a romantic dip! And Basia and Mike danced a slow, sentimental, traditional dance in the middle of their dance floor… and later changed and danced again dressed as bears!
June 22nd, 2017
by Kristi Chapman
in Tips & Ideas