(Closed) 1st Dance IMMEDIATELY after ceremony

posted 6 years ago in Music
Post # 2
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Are you doing photos? Make sure you leave enough time for your photographer to take some gorgeous pictures! I’m thinking about doing ours as soon as the reception starts since ours is all in the same venue (the room has a dividing wall). After the wedding party is announced, then we are announced, I’m thinking of moving right into our first dance. I’m not sure what the order of the reception is “supposed” to be, but it might be nice to have everyone up and circle around you for the first dance. If you have the officiant announce it, then nobody will be too confused. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

I’ve seen people go right into the first dance as they join the reception, after signing the marriage license and taking some pictures as a newly married couple, have you considered that?  I thought it worked well.  It kind of breaks up the little staged events too, after that they sat down for dinner and then I believe did father/daughter dance just before the dance floor opened.  Also, have you thought about just one big sign/chalkboard/poster of some kind with a program?  I always thought programs were a complete waste but I was at a wedding a couple of weeks ago that didn’t have dancing and it was like no one really knew when to leave/when it was ok to leave.  Quite a bit of mingling time passed and we were about to leave when finally they cut the cake and then we left. We weren’t even sure if there was going to be cake or a cake cutting or speeches so it was confusing. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

So.. are you and the groom just going to be hanging out at the cocktail hour first, or will your guests be celebrating without you? I mean whatever works for you but going from cocktail-ceremony-dance sort of loses the importance of the ceremony to me, like just something to check off over the course of an evening out. I would possibly feel awkward standing around for a first dance immediately afterwards like that, and also, think about why you are doing these things at all, not just the order of them. The first dance originated as the way for the hosts of a party to initiate the dancing portion of the evening after dinner, to open the floor for everyone else who was respectfully waiting till they started things off. If you’re not about to have everyone dance, why are you dancing then? Then what happens?

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

If you’re doing the first dance right after the ceremony why don’t you have the officiant say something along the lines of “you may now kiss your bride” … *kiss*… “introducing mr. & mrs _______ and their first dance!”

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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uncltredpearl:  Apologies for my “groom” mistake.

If your wedding isn’t formal in any way, then just have your officiant announce it like you said in the OP. If you don’t think it’s a big deal then there’s no real question here.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper

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uncltredpearl:  Is there a reason for doing it that way? Not saying it’s a bad idea, just wondering if there’s a reason for it.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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uncltredpearl:  We’re doing our first dance as soon as we enter the reception which is a little different from you but our DJ will probably say something along the lines of now the bride and groom will share their first dance as husband and wife. I assume that could work for you as well? 

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