(Closed) First Dance–What to do?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Which type of first dance is more fun
    Choreographed traditional dance (ie foxtrot) : (5 votes)
    20 %
    Surprise contemporary hip/hop type dance : (11 votes)
    44 %
    Do neither--stick to the standard first dance : (9 votes)
    36 %
  • Post # 3
    2007 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I think either one would be a lot of fun and well received!  Is either one more "you" than the other?

    Post # 4
    45 posts
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Totally do a fun dance! Pick a song that the two of you love and can move to and have fun! Thats what my hunny and I are doing!


    Good luck!

    Post # 5
    2365 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I would do whatever your heart wants!

    I really like the idea of doing a traditonal, proper song … than in the middle, another of your favorite, more un-traditional songs plays and you end your dance with that!

    Post # 6
    3316 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I admit, I’m a bit biased:  We are doing a choreographed swing dance as our first dance.

    Post # 7
    313 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Do Gettin’ Jiggy With It yeeeeeah – it’d be so entertaining!

    Post # 8
    674 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    It’s all about what you’re comfortable with. If you and you’re FH are cool with going up there and doing crazy dances then by all means! It’ll take the stuffy atmosphere off the reception and let everyone know it’s a party. And so will a cool swingy/fox trot dance. But it’s just about what your comfortable with.

    If you browse through those crazy dances on youtube you’ll find people who didn’t want to dance alone so they got their bridal parties to join in.

    Like my FH would never get up and dance to a hip-hop song. Just not him. But I can bet you that me and my bridesmaid will get up there and do something. We both loved the movie Step Up 2 and joke about battling all the time. So I’m sure me and her will probably stage a little dance battle to "Low" by Flo Rida.

    Either option is fine as long as you do something fun, take a ho-hum blah just another reception and make it a party 🙂

    Post # 9
    2819 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    Umm…I don’t really like either of those dances from YouTube. In both, the bride and groom look really nervous and awkward (less so in the second video, though!) — probably because they are trying to remember all their choreographed moves, and the first bride’s dress really isn’t suited to dancing the fox trot.

    I like the elegance of doing a choreographed traditional dance; but it’s really only an option if you have some basic knowledge of the dance step you’re going to do, and if you pick up choreography well. Otherwise it would be pretty hard to do and still make it look comfortable and natural.

    I also like the idea of doing a surprise "modern" dance! =D If you really want to start people feeling like they want to party, it’s definately a good way to do it! To get the best of both worlds, you could start off doing a traditional foxtrot, etc. and then morph into a hip-hop number. BUT the same points as above (especially being able to pick-up choreography) apply here, too. Also, you mention that you’re doing your first dance RIGHT before dinner — are others going to be able to hop onto the dance floor after you, or will they have to go sit down? In that case, you’re setting up a party mood, only to slam it down with a formal sit-down dinner atmosphere. I would suggest doing a short, choreographed foxtrot (or a basic non-choreographed first-dance waltz) and then breaking for dinner, then kicking off the party afterwards with your choreographed modern number! (You might want to do the father-daughter and mother-son dances first, though.)

    Post # 10
    100 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2009

    hahah, we totally did a surprise choregraphed modern dance! we started with a normal, slow love song (our song) and about 1:40 in, the dj cut off the music and we acted PISSED and surprised! *some people after told me they really felt bad for me because they thought the dj ruined the wedding! lol* then it cut into a mix of songs we came up with and created the dance for: jump on it (fresh prince of bel air), vanilla ice, everybody dance now, soulja boy, michael jackson and britney spears. 

    It was a TOTAL HIT! it was scary because we actually didn’t rehearse much and our biggest rehearsal (where we made up new moves!) was the night before — we stayed up until 3 am with my moh who is a dancer. no one knew at all and everyone was sooo surprised. It really set the tone for the wedding and wasn’t as hard to pull off as you would think. I’m most proud that I was able to do the soulja boy in 4 inch heels! 🙂

    good luck — it’s totally worth it in the end!

    Post # 11
    29 posts
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I am starting off with a traditional first dance and then halfway into the song we will bust an unexpected move to a upbeat rap song…

    Post # 12
    48 posts
    • Wedding: July 2009

    We also are doing something fun!  We are going to start off with Faithfully by Journey b/c we are both huge Journey fans, then the music will stop as if it messed up then go into a few booty shakin songs:  Jump On It, Dancing Queen, etc.  This will be totally expected of me b/c I’m a dancer, my nickname in college was Dancing queen.  We’re going to have some of it choreographed but probly not til last min.  Go for it!  I’ve never seen it done at any weddings I’ve been to or in, I think it will be hilarious!

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