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.