A lot of couples fear the first dance at a wedding. Not because they want to avoid a romantic moment, but because of being in focus in front of a room full of guests for 3-5 minutes. Some love being center-stage and in the spotlight, others shy away from it. There are a few tricks to make this part of the evening easy on the nerves.
For all you shy lovers out there, I would suggest picking a song that you both physically feel comfy with. It doesn’t have to be a ballad, it could be upbeat and fun. But it should be a groove you both feel good about moving to, and one that doesn’t make you feel self conscious. If you don’t want to be in focus for the whole song, work out a cue with your DJ (or band) ahead of time to invite guests to join you after a minute and a half or so into the song (make sure your photographer has had a chance to catch some good shots), and suddenly, it’s all easy peasy.
For those of you who want to work that spotlight moment of the evening, the ideas are endless. Many years ago, I DJ-ed a wedding at the gorgeous, 1940s vibed Laura Belle’s in NYC (now gone), where most of the guests were actors, dancers, and performers. Many of the guests were Broadway artists as well. The bride and groom both changed clothes after cocktails into two vintage tuxedos w/ walking sticks, and slid down the banisters on each side of the room that led to the dance floor and did a whole performance of Tea for Two. It was awesome!!! There are no ‘rules’ as to what you should or shouldn’t do for a first dance. Think outside the box, be creative, and most important…. have fun!
This is one of my favorite entrances, and first dance moments, at this Indian meets Caribbean vibed wedding, with the music ranging from contemporary pop to Indian Music, reggae, swing, and everything in between! Carlton and Soham were fantastic dancers, (as were most of their guests), and they worked their first dance like rockstars! Check this out!
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