As we were checking out Wedding Wire’s latest Newlywed Report recently, we weren’t surprised to find that the current #1 wedding tradition is the first dance, with 91% of all couples participating in one at their reception.
We’ve captured this moment so many times in our wedding films but it never loses its emotional tug on us. 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. We’re sure you’ve already read the tips online reminding you to take lessons, practice, to 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 have the wedding party take their seats for the moment. The first dance as a married couple is very exciting and can be quite emotional. This is one of the very special moments of the day that should be focused just on the two of you. If you really want your wedding party to dance with you, have the second dance be set aside for the whole group.
The way you begin your dance is so important, a part 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 your dance is over! We’ve found the most beautiful, traditional introduction to your dance is for the groom to lead the bride to the center of the floor, both looking at each other and 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 never 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 too close to the crowd gathering to watch. You should enjoy the benefit of your venue or entertainment’s spotlights and/or well-positioned camera lights illuminating you. You need to take center stage!
Check out the most perfect first dances found within these weddings we’ve filmed: Kaitlyn and Michael entered their reception under the arched arms of their bridal party and took to the center of the dance floor for their first dance. They danced “on a cloud” with the fog along the floor enveloping them and Michael broke out in a little air guitar too! 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!
October 8th, 2020
by Kristi Chapman
in Tips & Ideas