Planning the First Dance


First Dance

The first dance is a highlight moment at your reception, and should be perfectly planned. Every eye will be on you as you dance your most romantic dance beneath the spotlight. These tips will help you plan an unforgettable first dance at your wedding venue.


First Dance on the Timeline


Traditionally, the first dance does not occur until after the meal and the cutting of the cake. Some couples make the grand entrance to the reception and immediately continue to the center of the dance floor for a well choreographed first dance. Depending on the events and the order on the timeline, your reception might take a different shape.


Take Lessons


Ballroom dancing was once a commonly developed skill; however, that is not the case today. Opening the dance floor with a formal ballroom dance creates the ultimate surprise for your guests. If you want a perfectly choreographed dance with flawless execution, you might consider taking dance lessons. This requires dedication to make the lessons worth it. A dance instructor can help you choose your song and create your unique performance.

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The Style of Your First Dance


Music is all about timing and so is your first dance. The beats in a measure will affect your footwork and style. You will not play country and dance the tango. Think about the style of dance you envision and plan the song with the dance. There is more than style to consider. You will want to choose a song with meaningful lyrics. You cannot play a breakup song for its perfect beat. As a general rule, narrow your choices to those with proper time and genre before choosing the song with the right meaning for the moment.


Choosing Your Wedding Music


Most planners recommend a mix of genres and music that caters to everyone, but you should also have a main style that fits your theme. Choosing the playlist and the experience you want to deliver it are equally important. You will probably choose a different genre of music for the ceremony than the cocktail hour and reception. You might choose a choir, string duo, flute trio, piano, sax, violin, harp or quartet during the ceremony, and classy jazz or classical for an upscale cocktail hour with a sophisticated tone. A special song should be chosen for each highlight moment. You should plan songs for the grand entrance, the spotlight dance, the first dance, the parent spotlight dances, open dance floor, cake cutting ceremony, bouquet toss and any other special rituals. If you want to personalize the experience, you might choose your parents’ first dance song as yours or a different entrance song for each of your attendants.


Choosing Your First Dance Song


Carefully select the right music to match the moment. A special song for whimsical moments is "I'm Yours," by Jason Mraz. Nothing could say it better or with more feeling than Ray LaMontagne's "You are the Best Thing." Make it a love letter and let the world know you finally got it right with the special person that made you believe in love. Let them all know with "I Choose You," by Sara Bareilles. If you are looking for wedding songs that are not overplayed, this is it.

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Special Effects for the First Dance


Make your first dance magical with special effects. Dancing on cloud effects creates a blanket of low-lying fog on the floor, and the illusion of dancing in the clouds. It also creates perfect wedding photography moments.


Crystal Ballroom Rock Hill


Dance your first dance at Crystal Ballroom Rock Hill. Crystal Ballroom is a luxurious wedding venue with all-inclusive packages and professional designers to bring your dream wedding to life. Create a flawless and unforgettable wedding day with superior designs and services. Meet inside of the design studio with professional designers and planners to choose your colors, flowers and centerpieces. Plan your magical moments with the fines, and walk the red carpet to a ballroom designed just for you.

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