One of the most memorable segments of the wedding reception is the couple’s first dance. However, dancing under a spotlight in front of a group of people can seem a bit intimidating. A good dance instructor can empower you with the confidence, experience and knowledge you need to enjoy the romance of your first dance as a married couple. Here are some tips on how to create the perfect first dance:

Tip #1: When picking your wedding music during your wedding planning, keep in mind the tempo and length of the song. Try to select a danceable song with a consistent beat no longer than 3 minutes.

Tip #2: Select a professional choreographer that has ballroom dancing experience. Let your choreographer know where you will enter the dance floor and its size and shape. Communicate what your wedding dress is like and any “special’ moves like dips, turns, and spins that you had in mind to make your dance memorable and elegant. This will help your instructor create the perfect dance that will be both elegant and photographic beautifully.

Tip #3: Start your lessons about 3 months before your wedding reception. This will give you enough time to plan, practice and perfect your dance without any stress. Plan to practice your dance at least twice a week to feel comfortable, and be able to look relaxed on your wedding day.

Tip #4: Advise your DJ, band leader and photographers how and when you plan to start and end your First Dance.

Tip #5: It is very important that your DJ or band have the correct version of your dance.

Things you will need at your dance lessons:

Ladies — Select a shoe that is not too high and not open in the back (slide shoes fall off to easily)
Gentlemen — Select a shoe that is similar to your dress shoes or better yet bring your wedding shoes (sneakers are to hard to dance in.)

Ladies, depending upon the fullness and length of your dress you may want to learn how to dance with your underskirt, of crinoline and make any adjustments to turns or dips.

If you have a certain song in mind take it with you or make sure your choreographer has it.

Please allow for mistakes in the beginning of your dance lesson. Remember to have fun and relax, especially since this is a fun part of your wedding!

By following these tips, your first dance is sure to be a memorable and enjoyable experience.