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Great Advice for Wedding Planning

Steps to Planning your First Dance

by Erika Genova

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Today many couples are signing up for dance lessons to help them prepare for their first dance as husband and wife. Before even deciding what song you want for that special moment as you begin your life together, you need to decide which type of dance will best represent the two of you on your wedding day.

With popular shows such as Dancing with the Stars many couples seek professional assistance to plan their first dance together as Mr. and Mrs. in order to embrace center stage at their wedding reception. The first dance is an unforgettable moment between husband and wife that is shared with their closest friends and family.

Every wedding is unique and so should be your first dance, it is a moment where the bride and groom can slow down and just focus on themselves as they begin a new chapter in their lives. It's just the two of you sharing this special moment, gazing into each other's eyes, while swaying on the dance floor.

Cynthia, who just got married in September 2016, had this to say about her experiences learning the Waltz; "My husband and I took dance lessons for the first time for our wedding and it was indeed an exceptional experience ..... lt was like a breath of fresh air away from all the wedding planning every time we went dancing."

The point of dance lessons is to help you relax and enjoy your first dance. It's also a way to alleviate tension for couples and to make them calm and confident with their first dance. It is a great way to enjoy time together leading up to the wedding, and it is a skill that will last a lifetime. Learning to dance is easier and more fun than people realize, even for some of those reluctant grooms.

Danny, a newlywed shared his story: "My fiancé mentioned dance lessons to me to prepare for our wedding, and even though I had no interest I am glad I said yes! I didn't think I could dance but turns out that I am not half bad! I actually looked forward to our lessons and will be coming back to learn other styles of dance."

When it comes time to choose a dance style for your first dance as husband and wife, it is important to pick something that showcases your personality as a couple. Whether you want to stick with the traditional or spice things up, remember that this will set the tone for your reception.

For some couples it's not easy to choose that special song since there are many choices. It's a good idea to select a song during your lessons, often, just feeling yourself dancing to the music can make the choice for you. For those more adventurous couples, sometimes one choice is not enough or even one style of dance, in such cases a medley (a combination dance) is best. A popular choice is starting with a slow traditional song and ending the first dance with something fast paced and fun.

THE TOP FIVE STYLES OF WEDDING DANCES INCLUDE:

1. THE WALTZ

The Waltz is a classical dance that is for the traditional bride and groom. This dance is for the graceful dreamer that wants their first dance to show their compassionate side. It is the perfect dance style for the sweet, slow love songs most commonly used as a couple's first dance. If you are an easy going couple then the Waltz is the dance for you. For the traditional slow dance, the song A Thousand Years by Christina Perri is popular.

2. THE FOXTROT

The Foxtrot is a classic ballroom dance that is the traditional slow dance with a jazzier twist. This dance is fitting for newlyweds who want to stay close to tradition, while adding a new angle to a slow dance. It is the dance for those with a playful personality. If you are a spirited and romantic couple, the Foxtrot is the dance for you. The Way You Look Tonight, as most other romantic songs by Frank Sinatra are a perfect fit.

3. THE SWING

The Swing is a lively dance that is for the fun loving bride and groom. It is a dance of many twists and turns and a lot of fun steps. If you are looking to start your reception off in an entertaining way The Swing is the dance for you. Happy by Pharrell Williams or On Top Of The World by Imagine Dragons are a few examples of fast tempo songs for couples that want their first dance to be unique.

4. THE RUMBA

The Rumba is a sexy dance for the spontaneous bride and groom. This is the dance style for the charismatic couple that was born to entertain an audience. It is the perfect dance to over-power the dance floor and demand the attention of all of your guests. If you are looking to show off your dynamic and vivacious side, the Rumba is the dance for you. Song suggestions for this passionate dance style are Stand by Me by Ben E King, Everything by Michael Bublé.

5. THE BALLAD

The Ballad is a traditional slow dance that is elegant in its simplicity of movements and slow paced for the true romantic dance that will mesmerize the audience. It is a dance for the bride and groom that are looking for something easy to learn and versatile to a lot of songs from old to modern. If you want all eyes to be glued to you, this is the perfect dance. A lot of the modern songs are a great fit for a ballad such as Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran, From this Moment On by Shania Twain or How Deep Is Your Love by the Bee Gees.

Dance lessons are the key to success when planning the first dance for your wedding. With the help of professionals dance instruction you are sure to be well rehearsed and leave your guests in awe of your new dancing skills. Whichever style you decide is right for you it is important to practice in order to make your special moment on the dance floor as husband and wife for the first time, a dance to remember.

SOME USEFUL TIPS FOR GETTING READY FOR YOUR FIRST DANCE:

• Practice in the shoes you plan to wear the day of your wedding, so you can break them in 

• Figure out what moves and steps are comfortable in your gown/tuxedo

• Do not put off the lessons until the last few weeks, take the time leading up to the wedding
   to get your dance routine right and give yourselves time to practice

• Keep your lessons close together so you will learn faster

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Today many couples are signing up for dance lessons to help them prepare for their first dance as husband and wife. Before even deciding what song you want for that special moment as you begin your life together, you need to decide which type of dance will best represent the two of you on your wedding day.

With popular shows such as Dancing with the Stars many couples seek professional assistance to plan their first dance together as Mr. and Mrs. in order to embrace center stage at their wedding reception. The first dance is an unforgettable moment between husband and wife that is shared with their closest friends and family.

Every wedding is unique and so should be your first dance, it is a moment where the bride and groom can slow down and just focus on themselves as they begin a new chapter in their lives. It's just the two of you sharing this special moment, gazing into each other's eyes, while swaying on the dance floor.

Cynthia, who just got married in September 2016, had this to say about her experiences learning the Waltz; "My husband and I took dance lessons for the first time for our wedding and it was indeed an exceptional experience ..... lt was like a breath of fresh air away from all the wedding planning every time we went dancing."

The point of dance lessons is to help you relax and enjoy your first dance. It's also a way to alleviate tension for couples and to make them calm and confident with their first dance. It is a great way to enjoy time together leading up to the wedding, and it is a skill that will last a lifetime. Learning to dance is easier and more fun than people realize, even for some of those reluctant grooms.

Danny, a newlywed shared his story: "My fiancé mentioned dance lessons to me to prepare for our wedding, and even though I had no interest I am glad I said yes! I didn't think I could dance but turns out that I am not half bad! I actually looked forward to our lessons and will be coming back to learn other styles of dance."

When it comes time to choose a dance style for your first dance as husband and wife, it is important to pick something that showcases your personality as a couple. Whether you want to stick with the traditional or spice things up, remember that this will set the tone for your reception.

For some couples it's not easy to choose that special song since there are many choices. It's a good idea to select a song during your lessons, often, just feeling yourself dancing to the music can make the choice for you. For those more adventurous couples, sometimes one choice is not enough or even one style of dance, in such cases a medley (a combination dance) is best. A popular choice is starting with a slow traditional song and ending the first dance with something fast paced and fun.

THE TOP FIVE STYLES OF WEDDING DANCES INCLUDE:

1. THE WALTZ

The Waltz is a classical dance that is for the traditional bride and groom. This dance is for the graceful dreamer that wants their first dance to show their compassionate side. It is the perfect dance style for the sweet, slow love songs most commonly used as a couple's first dance. If you are an easy going couple then the Waltz is the dance for you. For the traditional slow dance, the song A Thousand Years by Christina Perri is popular.

2. THE FOXTROT

The Foxtrot is a classic ballroom dance that is the traditional slow dance with a jazzier twist. This dance is fitting for newlyweds who want to stay close to tradition, while adding a new angle to a slow dance. It is the dance for those with a playful personality. If you are a spirited and romantic couple, the Foxtrot is the dance for you. The Way You Look Tonight, as most other romantic songs by Frank Sinatra are a perfect fit.

3. THE SWING

The Swing is a lively dance that is for the fun loving bride and groom. It is a dance of many twists and turns and a lot of fun steps. If you are looking to start your reception off in an entertaining way The Swing is the dance for you. Happy by Pharrell Williams or On Top Of The World by Imagine Dragons are a few examples of fast tempo songs for couples that want their first dance to be unique.

4. THE RUMBA

The Rumba is a sexy dance for the spontaneous bride and groom. This is the dance style for the charismatic couple that was born to entertain an audience. It is the perfect dance to over-power the dance floor and demand the attention of all of your guests. If you are looking to show off your dynamic and vivacious side, the Rumba is the dance for you. Song suggestions for this passionate dance style are Stand by Me by Ben E King, Everything by Michael Bublé.

5. THE BALLAD

The Ballad is a traditional slow dance that is elegant in its simplicity of movements and slow paced for the true romantic dance that will mesmerize the audience. It is a dance for the bride and groom that are looking for something easy to learn and versatile to a lot of songs from old to modern. If you want all eyes to be glued to you, this is the perfect dance. A lot of the modern songs are a great fit for a ballad such as Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran, From this Moment On by Shania Twain or How Deep Is Your Love by the Bee Gees.

Dance lessons are the key to success when planning the first dance for your wedding. With the help of professionals dance instruction you are sure to be well rehearsed and leave your guests in awe of your new dancing skills. Whichever style you decide is right for you it is important to practice in order to make your special moment on the dance floor as husband and wife for the first time, a dance to remember.

SOME USEFUL TIPS FOR GETTING READY FOR YOUR FIRST DANCE:

• Practice in the shoes you plan to wear the day of your wedding, so you can break them in 

• Figure out what moves and steps are comfortable in your gown/tuxedo

• Do not put off the lessons until the last few weeks, take the time leading up to the wedding
   to get your dance routine right and give yourselves time to practice

• Keep your lessons close together so you will learn faster

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