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  • Writer's pictureSydney Schatz

Benefits of a Choreographed Routine as Your First Dance

Updated: Nov 4, 2020

Have you and your partner thought about taking dance lessons for your first dance? If so, I can give you a few different recommendations on great dance instructors! However, today I am not talking about learning a style of dance… no, today I want to talk about how much I love when couples create their own choreography to break into in the middle of their first dance. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the sweet and intimate first dances! I am typically in tears by the end. But I also love when couples have the courage and confidence to show their true personalities and relationship through a dance that they probably made up and practiced in their living room. Let me tell you, the guests love it too!

Quirky bride and groom's first dance in Hayden Lake, Idaho
Photo by Sydney Baye Photography at the Hayden Lake Country Club in Hayden, Idaho

The entire concept of a wedding is intimate and personal, you are asking your closest friends and family to witness a huge milestone in your life and relationship. This means that these are the people who know, accept and love all the quirks of your personalities, so why not show that loud and proud? I hear all the time from couples that they want their wedding to be THE wedding and they want to make sure their guests are entertained. What better way to entertain them than by breaking out some old school MC Hammer or Running Man?

People always say, make sure to look at the groom’s face the first time he sees his bride walking down the aisle. I agree, it’s definitely a priceless expression, but what about looking at everyone else’s faces when the bride and groom who are slow dancing to “Die a Happy Man” suddenly put on shades that seem to appear out of nowhere and the beginning of “Baby Got Back” or “Jump On It” starts up… everyone inevitably goes wild. This kind of surprise creates a fun and memorable experience for everyone involved. Just make sure if you don’t have a videographer, you have someone that is in on the secret and can film it (like maybe your *cough cough* wedding planner).

Photo by Sydney Baye Photography at the Hayden Lake Country Club in Hayden, Idaho

Now, maybe you are thinking, sure Sydney that’s a fun idea, but good luck convincing my partner to go along with that! And that’s okay too. Believe me, there was NO WAY I was getting Chris to do something like that for our first dance. Nonetheless, I loved swaying in a slow circle with my new husband for a perfect 3 minutes. However, I do have to say, I did eventually make my not so willing groom Wobble with me and the rest of our guests – even if it was only for a few seconds.

Photo by Sydney Baye Photography at the Hayden Lake Country Club in Hayden, Idaho

Part of my job is to be there to help inspire ideas and give the necessary encouragement because why make a wedding more stressful than it already is. So, what do you say… choreographed first dance? If you need help just give me a call because I can’t tell you how many afternoons I spent with my childhood best friend making up dances to different songs! What is your favorite song to dance to like no one is watching?

As a little added bonus, here is Courtney & Greg's wedding trailer produced by the amazing team at Grace Media Films!

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