If you’re feeling a little nervous about your First Dance at your wedding, we’ve got you covered. Please know that you aren’t alone. So many couples feel the pressure to make this moment special for everyone. And let’s face it, if you’re not used to performing in front of people, there’s added pressure to make sure you get it right. If you’ve got First Dance nerves, keep on reading to see how you can feel confident and relaxed leading up to the big moment.
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Don’t wait too long to start
That’s right, don’t wait until the last moment to start preparing for your First Dance. If you’ve never danced before, you may need even more time to remember your moves and be comfortable during the dance. Choose your First Dance song (some lovely ideas here) and start practicing!
Get the pros involved
Whether you are watching online tutorials, attending a group dance class or having private lessons with an instructor, the more help you can get, the better! You get to choose the dance and style, but a professional will help you learn the dance and get you feeling comfortable and familiar with the moves.
Have some structure
Decide how you want to start your dance, what the middle will be like, and how you’ll end. This creates a good flow of movement, even if you plan to improve some of the moves.
Practice practice practice
One of the best ways to eliminate First Dance nerves is to practice a lot! Just how much you practice will be determined by how much dancing experience you have, how familiar you are with the moves, and just how nervous you are. Aim for 30 minutes per day with your partner and you’re good to go!
Think about your wedding venue
We recommend having at least a vague idea of what the reception venue layout will be and how much space you’ll have on the dance floor. Think about where your guests will be in relation to the dance floor. Standing around the dance floor, ready to hop on right after your First Dance? Seated and at a distance? These details will help you know which way to face when you dance.
Dance for you
Try not to focus too much on your guests, but rather, dance for you! Enjoy this special moment as a newly married couple and choose a song and dance style that highlights your relationship. Your guests will be moved by your love, not by choreography.
There’s so much to stress about when planning your wedding, but dancing together shouldn’t be one of them! While you learn the moves and practice together, think of it as a break from all the decision-making.
Choose an alternative
And if you’re really struck with First Dance nerves to the point where you want to change the plan, here are some fabulous First Dance alternatives!