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The first dance is a massive part of a wedding day. It is either something that you are both looking forward to – swirling around the dancefloor as a married couple to one of your favourite songs – or it is something you are dreading – shuffling about awkwardly in front of everyone, with cameras capturing every stepped on toe and grimace. 

Here, we look at some of the things that you can do to prepare for your first dance to make it a moment neither of you will forget – for all of the right reasons. 

 

Pick a song that suits you both

It doesn’t have to be a current song or one that is traditional. If you both love a song or an artist, go for it. If it doesn’t feel appropriate, see if you can find a cover or an acoustic version instead. Your first dance song doesn’t have to be slow either; if soppy isn’t your thing, find something else that suits your personality instead. 

 

Think about what you are wearing

If you have a few moves in mind, make sure your outfit accommodates them. Long trains, fishtail or mermaid gowns, and off-the-shoulder styles might make some dance routines difficult. Plan ahead by trying on your shoes a few times to check how comfortable you are in them on the dance floor. It is no good being able to dance around your carpeted lounge in your bare feet if you can’t actually do it on the night. You can always change your outfit for the evening or the first dance if necessary. 

 

Learn a few basic moves

At the absolute least, a class or two will bring you both on the same page and minimize the discomfort issue. It truly makes a significant difference! Lessons might be intimidating, but you would be amazed at how much fun they are. 

 

If you do not have time or can not persuade your partner to take a private session, practice certain moves at home together. Swaying together,  a few easy spins, and a dip are all things to become used to. Even with classes, remember that the more you practice, the more natural and at ease, you will become!