(Closed) Semi-Choreographed dance. How much harder is it in your wedding gown?

posted 7 years ago in Music
Post # 2
378 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’m wondering the same thing. I will be in a mermaid for part of my reception, but I really wasn’t wanting to change from my ball gown that early in the night when we are doing dances.

You can probably get a bustle that will be adequate enough that you don’t trip. And on any twists or turns your skirt will be gorgeous!

Post # 3
304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Errr-maa-gawd I was thinking the same thing! Mine is an A-line and pretty heavy! It bustles, but that still is fabric you have to move around. 

Post # 4
15 posts

I suggest a “rehearsal skirt.” I’m a theater person, so it wasn’t an unfamiliar concept for me in general, but I used a skirt that was a line, a somewhat similar shape to my dress, just to get used to the fabric moving around my legs. My skirt was still a lot more substantial, but at least I wasn’t going from pants to a skirt. We’re not at all superstitious or anything, so we did one walk through of the dance with my skirt on (I wore a big t shirt over it to preserve at least a tiny bit of magic). But if you’re nervous, I would say work in a skirt that’s a similar shape and weight if you can. but also, the reality is that you’ll be excited and energized and you probably won’t notice the extra fabric, unless it’s improperly bustled and gets underfoot. 

Post # 5
475 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We had a planned semi-choreographed dress and I had a heavy A-Line.  I even rehearsed in rehearsal skirt (theatre person too!) but the night of the wedding, we decided not to do it.  My bustle wasn’t super secure and my dress was just so much heavier and my feet were starting to hurt in my heels and decided to just do the “sway”.  It was still super romantic and wonderful.  We did not regret doing our dance at all.  Just play it by ear!

Post # 6
433 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)

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Jeniper:  We did a simple choreographed dance and I had a dress with a bigger bottom as well, it definitely was different than practice but it wasn’t terrible! We took a few minutes between the ceremony and reception to sneak into a room and do it once in my dress (just played the song on a friend’s phone) just to have a feel for it and refresh our memory and that was great! I did step on my dress once but it wasn’t really noticeable to other people, I was happy with it and thought it was worth it! Here’s a link so you can see my dress/our dance:

Post # 7
7086 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We are both ballroom dancers and dancing an (unscripted) foxtrot in my dropped waist full ball gown was no problem. Shoes are, imeo, a more important thing to practice in. 


Post # 8
470 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I did a choreographed dance with my dad, and practiced in my shoes and still had a little slippage on the big day. I think it was more to do with my dress getting caught under my shoes because my bustle wasn’t as tight as I had wanted. But it wasn’t a huge deal truly.

Post # 9
1201 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

DH and I did a choregraphed but fairly easy routine for our first dance, because we felt it was a bit too fast for swaying. We practiced a few times, but probably not enough, and I wore my shoes and crinoline. We practiced right before we went into the reception and were pretty good, but didn’t realize we’d be doing it in front of everyone immediately after. We made a ton of mistakes lol, but everyone still said we were adorable. You really don’t need to be any good to have fun with it 🙂

Post # 10
1295 posts
Bumble bee

Just make sure you practice a ton so it’s second-nature and you can have fun… with so many of these “choreographed” dances they look like they’re thinking the entire time.  Doesn’t look romantic or sweet at all, more like work!

Post # 11
1190 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I had a fit and flare with a full skirt and crinoline. It was a lot harder to do our semi-choreographed dance than it was when we practiced Because i kept stepping on my dress everytime I stepped backwards. But it didn’t matter only screwed us up once momentarily. 

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