Planning for your wedding takes a lot of time and a lot of energy. You go through so much to plan every single detail to reflect your personality, and the one of the things that a lot of your guests will remember about your wedding reception is your first dance. Do you want them to remember how fun it was? How sexy it was? How original it was? Oh yeah, don't forget about all of the "paparazzi" that will be there with smart phones in hand - just frothing at the mouth to post it on Facebook. Make sure you are well prepared for this ever important formality. Here are 5 tips to help you get ready:
1. Don't wait til the last minute - start early
Most couples make the mistake of waiting until the very last minute to start working on their dance moves. This will only stress you out and turns something that should be fun into a headache. If you allow yourself enough time to learn (and polish up) your dance moves, you will be set for success! On top of that, think about how confident you will be when you are on the dance floor. Ask any professional performer how important confidence is, and they will tell you that it is 99% of what makes any performance a hit.
2. Be honest with yourselves
Make a list of what you really want to achieve with this dance. Do you want a choreographed show-stopper or is your goal just to learn the basics? Will you have the opportunity to really dig in and take frequent lessons or is it better for your schedule to space them out? Also, determine how much you can afford on lessons and how much time you can actually practice. Talk to each other to decide what you can realistically achieve and plan to make it happen.
3. Find a great instructor
On the hunt for a dance guru, seek out someone who is experienced and knowledgeable. They will assist you in choosing dance moves that fit your song & style, teach you the right steps and help you perfect the whole performance from the time you walk onto the dance floor all the way to the "big dip". Also make sure that it is someone who makes you feel comfortable.
4. Practice - Practice - Practice
Allow yourselves plenty of time to practice to the point where you can dance and have a conversation at the same time. Have you ever seen couples that dance and look all rigid and uncomfortable? Of course you have! Chances are, they didn't practice enough - or at all. Keep in mind, the more you practice, the quicker you will breeze through your dance lessons - thus saving you money!
5. Enjoy yourselves
Treat your dance lessons as if they were a date. Sit back and enjoy being in the moment. After all, you are creating memories here. Be fully aware of your surroundings and be truly happy spending time with the one you love. Have a cocktail and relax. As long as you are having fun, the entire process will be more enjoyable and you both will have a great time!