There are hundreds, maybe even thousands of details to be accounted for when planning your wedding reception, and of course, every couple has their own priorities. But, whether your wedding will be a formal affair or a quirky, unique celebration, your first dance as a married couple is the one detail that can’t slip through the cracks of your wedding planning process. So, why is the first dance so important?
1) It kicks off the party and sets the mood for your reception.
Your guests want to have a good time, and more importantly, they want to see you having a good time. Let them celebrate not only for you, but with you.
2) This is your one moment to spend time together, just the two of you.
In the chaos of greeting all of your guests, taking photos, and ensuring everything is running according to plan, how could you pass up the opportunity to share a few intimate minutes with your partner? It might be the only time you get to be alone together all evening.
3) It’s tradition.
No, I don’t mean it’s wedding tradition like the Best Man speech or playing “The Final Countdown” as your D.J. introduces the wedding party into the reception. I mean tradition dating back centuries. When an affluent family would host a formal affair, the hosts or the guests of honor would typically kick off the celebration with the first dance of the evening.
4) It’s a metaphor for your relationship.
The entire wedding is an expression of you and your spouse to be, but the first dance is your opportunity to truly show off your dynamic as a couple. Let your guests see how playful and fun you are together or how romantic and supportive you can be toward each other. Every couple is unique, and dance is a great way to express the way you bring out the best in each other.
5) You’ll learn to dance together.
Make a date of it. Wedding planning is filled with lists and errands, decisions and deadlines. Take time out every week leading up to your wedding to just enjoy each others’ company. Grab a bite to eat, then take a lesson and learn a skill that you can share well into your happily ever after.
The benefits of opting for a beautiful, thought out first dance are endless. After all, this celebration is about you two, as a couple, starting the rest of your lives together. If your marriage begins in sync, it’s much more likely to sustain its rhythm.
Tell us what you enjoyed most about performing or preparing your first dance. Share your stories in the comments below!