Your Wedding Dance – It’s your music, your expression, your day.
In today’s wedding celebration, the wedding dance of the day is no longer always a Waltz. It depends on the bride and groom’s love of music. It can be any song that expresses how you feel about each other. As long as it is music, we can find the right dance to fit it. Your wedding dance could be a Tango, Swing, Salsa or a romantic Waltz, Foxtrot, or Rumba. It doesn’t have to be a typical 3/4 or 4/4 count. It is about how the song makes you feel. Your wedding dance could actually be a combination of two dances, a slow and then a fast beat. I often choreograph a wedding dance that begins with a slow Foxtrot and then when the music switches its tempo we turn it into a lively Swing and back to a Foxtrot for a romantic ending. Your wedding dance can be as simple or extravagant as you want it to be. It can have lifts to accentuate the emotion of the music or not. It’s amazing how your special song will allow you to create a beautiful wedding dance that most expresses your love and your relationship together.
Beyond your wedding dance…
You may want to add a special father – daughter dance, a mother – son dance, or a special wedding party dance to the mix. Or, have a simple lesson to give everyone in the wedding party a few basic steps.
What would make your day special? It is your day!
Wedding Dance Tips
- You would be smart to experience your wedding dance at the beginning of the reception. The perfect time to do this is when you are introduced for the first time as Mr. and Mrs… From then on, it’s party time. No more nervous energy or worries. The rest of the night is yours to enjoy and remember forever!
- It helps to know the size of the dance floor as soon as possible. This makes it easier for your choreographer to create a beautiful dance fit for the room.
- The bride should be aware of the movement of the dress. If she has sleeves, can she lift her arm straight up? There will possibly be under arm turns in the routine.
- Do you have a form fitting dress? Can you move in it? Many of my brides have the seamstress put in small hooks going down the side of the form fitting dress which is unhooked when the wedding dance is performed. You would never know there were hooks until you unhook them for the wedding dance.
- When it is getting closer to the wedding I have the bride bring in a skirt or slip similar to the wedding gown. During practice the groom can get used to his feet coming in contact with it. He begins to realize he is not going to step on it.
- Once you feel you are comfortable with the wedding dance routine and the music: It is important to practice with the actual shoes you will be wearing. ( bride and groom.) Scuff the bottom of the shoes so you will not slip.
- If you have a wood floor where you will be performing your wedding dance, it is optimal to not wash the floor the day of the wedding. It may stop your flowing movement because your shoes are sticking.
- If you are going to have the dance video taped, have the videographer see you dance the routine once. This helps him/her be in the right position for special moves.
- Most important tip… enjoy! This is your day! You will remember it for the rest of your life…