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Planning the First Dance

First Dance

Your first dance is one of the magical highlight moments on the wedding timeline. This is the first time you will dance as a married couple, and the first dance before anyone else will be invited to the floor. Dancing beneath the spotlight requires a little planning. We are sharing a few tips for planning your first dance.

The Style of Your First Dance

The style you choose for the first dance is an important decision. Think about whether you want a playful swing dance or a sexy tango. Dancing requires synchronized footwork and perfect timing, regardless of the style you choose. If you are not sure about complicated footwork, you might go with something slow. The beats in a measure will affect your footwork and the style. You will not play country and dance the tango. Think about your music, the dance and how you envision the moment, and plan the music accordingly. There is more than style to consider. You will want to choose a song with meaningful lyrics. You cannot play a breakup song for the perfect beat. Choose a special song with proper timing from the appropriate genre, and make sure it gives meaning to the moment.

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Timing the First Dance

The timing of the first dance can be a little confusing, because not every wedding is planned with the same timeline. Whether you take to the dance floor just after the entrance and introduction or choose to dance following dinner, the first dance should occur before the father-daughter dance, other special dances and the open dance floor. Traditionally, the first dance does not occur until after the meal and the cutting of the cake. However, many couples choose to make the grand entrance to the reception and immediately continue to the center of the floor for a well choreographed performance. Depending on the events and your unique timeline, your reception might take a different shape.

Taking Lessons

Ballroom dancing is not the commonly developed skill it once was, which is why lessons are a good choice. If you are leaning towards hip-hop and modern dance to match your style and personality, lessons can help you create the ultimate surprise with choreography and execution. Even if you feel confident about your skills, lessons create a bonding experience for you and your partner. A dance instructor can help you choose your song and create your unique performance.

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Special Effects

Consider special effects to make your first dance magical. Dancing on cloud effects produces a blanket of low-lying fog on the floor, and creates the illusion of dancing in the clouds. It also creates perfect wedding photography moments. Indoor sparklers and light shows are becoming popular during the grand entrance and first dance. Think about your theme and the type of experience you want to create. Discuss your options with the wedding professionals at your wedding venue.

Wedding Venue

Crystal Ballroom on Lake Melva

Crystal Ballroom on Lake Melva is a luxurious wedding venue with all-inclusive packages and professional designers to bring your dream wedding to life. Create a flawless and unforgettable wedding day with superior designs and services. Meet inside of the design studio with wedding professionals to choose your colors, flowers and centerpieces. Plan your magical moments with the finest in the industry, and dance your first dance in a ballroom designed just for you. Contact an event advisor for a complimentary VIP tour and consultation.



Discover the Crystal Ballroom experience. Imagine your unique moments during a guided tour behind the scenes, and receive a consultation with our planning professionals. 

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