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How to Dance at Your Wedding

Wow your guests – or just learn enough not to embarrass yourself – with these first dance tips.


  • Step 1: Pick your song Pick your wedding song. Choose something meaningful, but make sure it has a clear, steady beat and isn't too slow. Between two and three minutes is a good length. Your song selection will likely determine your dance style.
  • TIP: The fox-trot is a relatively easy dance to learn and goes with many standards.
  • Step 2: Choose a style No special song? Look for inspiration based on the style of dance you want. Formal ballroom? Sassy Latin? Upbeat swing? A sexy tango? Then find a song to match.
  • Step 3: Take lessons Take a few lessons. Learning a simple routine takes about four sessions. Bring a recording of your song and wear the shoes you'll be wearing at the reception.
  • TIP: If you're talented, consider choreographing your own routine.
  • Step 4: Know the dance floor size Take the size and shape of the dance floor into consideration. Make sure your routine is neither too sweeping nor too insular.
  • Step 5: Add some extras Learn one or two dips, turns, or spins so the photographer has something lively to capture.
  • Step 6: Practice Whatever you decide to do, spend some time rehearsing it. When the big day comes, you'll be glad you did.
  • FACT: "Amazed" by Lonestar was voted the most popular first dance wedding song in a 2009 U.K. poll.

You Will Need

  • Song with a clear beat
  • Size and shape of dance floor
  • Dips
  • turns
  • or spins
  • Choreography
  • Practice
  • Dance instructor (optional)

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