The wedding dance! Whether its a waltz or a modern jive, we ALL love watching the new husband and wife take to the dance floor! Now, if your idea of a beautiful dance is just to sway and gaze into your lover’s eyes, that’s wonderful! If this is your plan, you won’t look awkward, you’ll look totally in love and everyone will enjoy watching the look of love on both your faces....but if it isn't read on!
The problem arises when there is no design for the part of the evening that is sometimes overlooked during the planning stage! I’ve watched couples take the floor with no plan whatsoever. It doesn’t take very long before the new Mr and Mrs Romance begin to look more like Mr and Mrs Awkward! They laugh nervously, make jokes and then in an effort to take the attention off themselves, they try to drag their wedding party members onto the floor. And now you have Mr and Mrs Awkward looking flustered alongside an entire wedding party who also look uneasy (who generally don’t have a plan either). The whole romance of the dance is well and truly lost by this stage!
How to avoid this?
Finally, try not to choose a song that is too long. Generally 2 - 2.5 minutes is best, with a steady rhythm so that you can follow it on the day. Any longer than this and you and your guests will start to get bored (unless you’ve rehearsed epic moves to a longer song)! If you really want a longer song an easy way around this is to prepare your M.C. (or Best Man and MOH) ahead of time to invite the wedding party and remaining guests onto the dance floor at a certain time during your chosen song.