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Planning the First Dance

First Dance

The first dance is one of the highlight moments on the timeline that should be perfectly planned and completely unforgettable. Every eye will be on you as you dance your most romantic dance beneath the spotlight. This moment must be perfect. These tips will help you plan an unforgettable first dance.

First Dance on the Timeline

Traditionally, the first dance does not occur until after the meal and the cutting of the cake. Some couples make the grand entrance to the reception and immediately continue to the center of the dance floor for a well choreographed first dance. Depending on the events and the order on the timeline, your reception might take a different shape.

Lessons for the First Dance

Ballroom dancing was once a commonly developed skill; however, that is not the case today. Opening the dance floor with a formal ballroom dance creates the ultimate surprise for your guests. If you want a perfectly choreographed dance with flawless execution, you might consider taking dance lessons. This requires dedication to make the lessons worth it. A dance instructor can help you choose your song and create your unique performance.

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Choosing Your Style

Music is all about timing and so is your first dance. The beats in a measure will affect your footwork and style. You will not play country and dance the tango. Think about the style of dance you envision and plan the song with the dance. There is more than style to consider. You will want to choose a song with meaningful lyrics. You cannot play a breakup song for its perfect beat. As a general rule, narrow your choices to those with proper time and genre before choosing the song with the right meaning for the moment.

Choosing Your Song

Carefully select the right music to match the moment. A special song for whimsical moments is "I'm Yours," by Jason Mraz. Nothing could say it better or with more feeling than Ray LaMontagne's "You are the Best Thing." Make it a love letter and let the world know you finally got it right with the special person that made you believe in love. Let them all know with "I Choose You," by Sara Bareilles. If you are looking for wedding songs that are not overplayed, this is it.

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Special Effects for the First Dance

You might consider special effects to make your first dance magical. Dancing on cloud effects creates a blanket of low-lying fog on the floor, and the illusion of dancing in the clouds. It also creates perfect wedding photography moments.

Crystal Ballroom North Tampa

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