(Closed) First Dance during cocktail hour — will this work?

posted 9 years ago in Music
Post # 3
209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I don’t think you’re crazy…but maybe I’m biased since I’m doing the same thing! We have our friends’ band playing during the cocktail hour and we are going to dance to one of their songs.

As long as the atrium is big enough and your bridal party leads the way in the guests forming a circle so that the guests don’t get confused. Also, maybe you shouldn’t pass the glasses around for the champagne toast while you are dancing–that might cause more volume and disruption while you’re dancing, how about passing those around after the dance? I think this sounds like a good idea. I think it’s fun to do things that people don’t expect.

Post # 4
997 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - The Pierre Hotel

I think that’s a great idea – would there be an MC or someone to announce that you are having your first dance? That might help with getting people to form a circle around the two of you, etc.  Good luck! 

Post # 6
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’m also doing the same thing. We’re not making an entrance or anything, but the patio area where our cocktail hour is being held is beautifully lit with white Christmas lights all over the trees and such, and the patio is slightly elevated, almost like a stage, so we decided (weather permitting) to have our first dance there.

You’re not crazy! When you have these unique ideas, just go with them so long as your Fiance agrees, too. It’s the different details like this that will make your wedding stand out 🙂

Post # 7
342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We did something similar!  We were introduced and came down a huge staircase into a round atrium.  It all started with our DJ introducing the bridal party which encouraged the guests to form a circle around the edges of the atrium.  When we were introduced after the bridal party and made it down the stairs, the DJ said something about us doing our first dance.  It was really neat to be sharing a special moment surrounded by family and friends!

Post # 9
2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think it sounds totally do-able and very nice! As far as logistics go, I would be sure someone  (maybe the MC) is able to gather the attention of all your guests so they know what’s going on. I know after ceremonies so many people run to greet other guests right away.

Or, if you are having your programs, maybe at the end of the ceremony rundown you could write something like, "Post-ceremony please join the newlyweds in the atrium hour for a cocktail hour and their first dance".

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