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Make your first dance memorable with these great ideas

The first dance is one of the parts of a wedding that many people look forward too.

The rise of the viral video hasn’t really helped with this, offering up amazing dance routines and plenty of surprises during the first dance.

Not every couple is able to pull off these showstoppers, however, that doesn’t mean that they can’t have a memorable first dance that people are going to love.

So, with this in mind, we have put together some of the best ideas for making sure that your first dance is memorable, even if you are not the best dancers in the world.

Always pick a song that suits you not what is popular

One common misconception is that a first dance has to be a slow, love song that makes everyone want to weep. However, this really isn’t the case.

Just like the rest of your wedding day, the first dance song that you pick is entirely down to you both as a couple and should reflect the type of music that you both enjoy.

Don’t be afraid to go for something rocky, something upbeat and even something that is dancey, after all, it is all about you!

Have it sung live

There is something truly special about hearing a song sung live, particularly when it comes to a wedding.

If you are planning on having a live band at your wedding, then it makes sense that you ask them to sing your first dance song, as this will make it feel extra special.

It is important that you give them notice of this of course as it may not be a song that they know how to play and they will need to practice it.

Arrange a surprise

One popular thing that happens during any viral first dance video is a surprise, this could be a flash mob-esque dance troop (often made up of your bridal party) or perhaps someone surprising singing the song.

Think about the ways that you can create a surprise that no-one would expect and get to work organising it.

It may seem like an extra headache during your big day, but we think that is one that is worthwhile having.

Bin the idea of a first dance and have a first duet instead

Who said that you couldn’t make the first dance into something new and exciting?

Why not take the idea of a traditional first dance and turn it on its head with a duet instead?

Ask the band (or DJ) to be a part of it and get up on the stage, you don’t have to be the world’s best singer, with something that is so much fun, we are sure that your guests are all going to love it!

Invite everyone up immediately

The traditional approach to a first dance is to have the couple dance the majority of it on their own, before inviting the other couples up to join them.

If you don’t like the idea of all eyes on you, then rather than adopting this approach you could instead invite everyone up from the get go.

That way everyone is included and you don’t feel the pressure to stand and sway for 3 minutes.

We all love a good first dance at a wedding, and we hope that these ideas are going to inspire you to take your first dance and make it even better!

Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is one of the UK's premier wedding DJs and the winner of multiple industry awards and accolades. His favourite wedding song? Love Shack of course - a guaranteed floor filler! You can find him on Twitter at

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