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Traditionally the bride and groom are first on the dance floor as they start the first dance of the night. The best man & chief bridesmaid and parents of the bride & groom then join them on the dance floor halfway through the first dance.
Most couples choose a song that is special to them in some way
There are no rules as to what your first dance should be. Most couples choose a song that is special to them in some way - whether it reminds them of when they first met or has just always been 'their song'. Whilst the traditional first dance is slow and romantic, couples are increasingly adding a bit of fun to their wedding by learning a new dance routine or choosing a fun and lively song for their first dance.
The bride and her father traditionally dance to the second song of the night. Whilst this is not as common as the first dance, it's a nice way of spending time with your dad. Most dads find it hard seeing their daughter all grown up before 'giving her away'. Dancing to a well meaning song that reflects your relationship with each other will mean the world to them.
first dance routines
A lot of couples are happy to dance slowly round in circles whilst they share a tender moment in front of 100 cameras. If you want to try something different, why not learn a dance routine to your choice of song - a professionally choreographed first dance routine always adds a bit of wow to any wedding. Dance lessons are also a great way of spending time with each other and having a bit of fun.
First dance lessons cost an average £200-£250 for 5 hours of lessons (the suggested time required to learn a routine). Most instructors will be able to teach you to dance in the comfort of your own home but you'll be expected to practise in between lessons.
If you really feel adventurous, why not try something totally unexpected that will make your guests laugh and guarantee they remember your first dance for many years to come. If you need some inspiration check out some of the first dance wedding videos on YouTube.
- If you're having a live band - check in advance that they are able to play your choice of songs as the type of instrument may limit what they can play.
- Whether you have a live band or disco - make sure you let them know what your first song will be so they can ensure they have a copy of the song or have plenty of time to practice.
- If you want to learn a routine, you'll need to think practically in terms of your dress and shoe choice. Most wedding trains can be tied up for the evening - but you'd be wise to check!
- Remember that the style of dance will is likely to depend on your choice of song.