Now that you have picked out the perfect gown and tux and all the trimmings, don't forget to spend some time making the first dance together as memorable as everything else in your wedding. More new couples are discovering how much fun dancing together can be. Many bride and grooms are heading to their local dance studio to get professional help with preparing them for their first dance together…on the "right foot".

Everyone has been to a wedding and watched the bride and groom hang on to one another swaying for five minutes during their wedding song. You don't need to look like that. It is actually quite easy to learn to dance and look fantastic in front of your family and friends. The right dance instructor can make learning to dance very fun and easy for you.

All you need to do is put a little thought into the dance and you can ensure a more enjoyable dance for you and your new spouse. Give yourself some time to prepare also; waiting until the rehearsal dinner may not be the best plan. Blocking out two to five lessons with an instructor is usually a good plan. If you are not sure of what that "perfect" wedding song should be, a good instructor can usually point you in the right direction.

Here are a few quick tips to help make your bridal dance as beautiful as the rest of your wedding:

1. Give yourself at least one to two months before your wedding to start learning your dance. Remember, more time - less stress!

2. Traditionally, most couples dance to either a Waltz or Foxtrot for their wedding. Many bride and grooms are breaking from tradition and being creative depending upon your style. There are many different dances to do, depending upon the song you choose; i.e., Tango, Rumba, Swing, Salsa.

3. Talk to your instructor. Tell them what type of wedding you are planning and what you are comfortable with. Your dance should reflect your personalities and your comfort level.

4. Many couples find that they are having so much fun learning to dance together and want to learn more than just their one wedding dance. By giving yourself more time, you can learn several dances to get out there on the floor to many different songs throughout the reception (remember the couple swaying back and fourth again)

5. Don't forget about those panicky parents and wedding party. Some bride and grooms include other people in their lessons so everyone is involved in the wedding process. It gives everyone a sense of being involved. This also takes some of the pressure off the wedding party when it is their turn to dance.

6. Dress comfortably for your lesson, but bring shoes that will be similar to those which you will be dancing in; i.e., sneakers are less than ideal.

7. Do you have a qualified instructor? A good instructor should have credentials and be able to give you examples of other wedding couples with whom they have worked.

Overall, remember that your wedding dance should be designed especially for you and your spouse to be. Enjoy it and make it fun! You may be learning for your wedding dance, but you are also preparing for a wonderful lifetime together of dancing.




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