Extracted from our current issue we’ve got first dance tips for you today! Over to Michael…
I love a first dance. Done well they can tell your guests the story of your relationship, done badly they’re three minutes of torture for you and your guests.
I’ve been dancing since I was tiny. Some boys wanted to be footballers – I wanted to be Fred Astaire. My husband however struggled to tell his Swing from his Salsa and quite frankly his left from his right.
Six weeks before our big day I set about teaching Dan our first dance, here’s what I learnt in the process:
- Choose music that you both like and represents you – you don’t have to have a ballad. We danced to Do You Love Me by The Overtones. It was fun, upbeat and got the party started!
- Keep it short and sweet. Your guests love you – but enough to watch you dance to all five minutes of Aerosmith?
- Know your limits. If you’re not Fred and Ginger – nobody is expecting you to be. Even if you nearly did the Dirty Dancing lift once – are you going to be able to do it in a dress and heels after a bottle of Prosecco? First dances don’t have to be serious; fun and simple is often more effective.
- Wedding planning can be stressful and hectic but our practices became fun, relaxed time we got to spend together amongst all the chaos!
If you’re struggling for ideas here’s my top five first dance tracks:
- You & Me Song – The Wannadies
- Everlasting Love – Natalie Cole
- I’ll Be There For You – The Rembrandt’s
- You Make My Dreams – Hall & Oates
- Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
Have fun, stretch your feet and don’t forget to smile. If you want some help choreographing your first dance, or just some more advice, drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Michael McWilliam
Photos by Carrie Lavers