Wedding First Dance tips – part 1
It’s your wedding day – a special day full of special moments. And one of the most special moments is the bride and groom’s first dance together – after all the formality, the ceremony, the speeches, the toasts, it’s the moment that the newlyweds get to look into each others eyes, hold each other close and say to each other ‘We DID it!’ It’s a wonderful and precious moment. The only thing is – everyone is watching…with their cameras and videos. All your family and friends, staring at you, cheering, singing and clapping…. So it may seem the most scary, nerve-racking part of what can be both the most exciting AND stressful day of your life! Have no fear! Partydown have played hundreds, if not thousands of weddings and so we have played, seen, been part of hundreds of first dances. And part of our job is to support you, reassure you, direct you, listen to you and advise you in your choice at this memorable moment.
There have been two broad approaches to first dances that we have come across. The first is the bride and groom go for dance lessons and work out a routine. This can really amaze friends, family – and the bride and groom themselves! We learn to play the chosen song version, so that you get all the choreography right! But generally the bride and groom get into a clinch in the middle of the floor and sway around for 3 minutes! It can be quite daunting, after the events of the day to be under such scrutiny and being the centre of attention. Having to dance in front of everyone, can be something that you want to get over with ASAP! And quite often we are asked to get everyone on the dance floor to join in as quickly as possible (mostly by the grooms)! Again, fear not – Partydown will reassure you every step of the way. We will learn any song you want, even if it’s not on our playlist (we have done this many times). Or, if you feel more comfortable, we can put the original version onto our iPod, press play and then carry on playing live straight afterwards – this also works perfectly. Another re-assuring thought – it doesn’t have to be THE first dance of the evening. Often it works better for us to begin playing a few tunes, before the first dance – just to get people’s attention, relax a few nerves and get everyone used to the idea that there is a band playing! Then, when you are ready, we make an announcement to start the bride and groom’s first dance. We invite you up and off we go!
Which of course brings us to the most crucial part of the process – which song??
To be continued in Part 2 soon . . .