27 Jun Couple of the month: Lauren and Dan
In this article cycle, we will post interviews with some of our wedding couples to help you better understand the preparation process as well as what to expect from the dance on the big day. You can see the dance video at the end of the article!
Dance style: Mix Styles
Song: You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
Amount of Lessons: 10
1. How did you pick a song for your first dance?
We compiled a playlist of the love songs we liked most, then the summer before driving back-and-forth from the Jersey shore, we would listen to the playlist and eliminate. We started our dance lessons with three song choices because we hadn’t decided yet.
2. What was the most important requirement for your wedding dance?
Looking like we knew what we were doing. We explicitly did not want the dance to look choreographed, but rather wanted to feel comfortable in each other’s arms. Learning the foxtrot and the hustle worked great and now we use what we learned to dance to anything.
3. How many months in advance did you start? Did you have a dance experience before?
2 months maybe? Neither of us really knew any formal dances.
4. What was the biggest challenge for you preparing the dance and how did you overcome it?
I think the biggest challenge was keeping it loose and informal because we didn’t want it to look choreographed. In the end, we knew how to move with each other, added in some wine which definitely made it less formal. 😉
5. Did you feel comfortable on the dance floor on the day of the wedding?
6. Tell our future couples what to expect from the wedding dance on the day of!
It was helpful to practice one or two times in the shoes and/or the fuller/ longer skirt, etc. it definitely made things feel more comfortable that day. Also, just have fun that’s what dancing and celebrating is all about. You’re already the best dressed at your own wedding, so however you dance with your partner, those will be the best moves to hit the dance floor for the first time as spouses.
7. How did you feel after the performance on the day of?
For us, the emphasis was on each other, not so much on remembering the steps. The day goes by so fast that those few moments together during the first dance are a quiet, intimate opportunity to check in with each other and remember what the day is all about. We were giggling the whole time because we were just having fun and not so focused on hitting all of the loose choreography we “planned”.
8. What advice can you give to the couples?
Just have fun! If you want it to be choreographed and actually remember what you are doing, don’t drink beforehand outside of a sip of wine for toasts.
9. Are you going to dance after the wedding? 🙂
We’ve been to weddings since and have been doing a lot of the hustle. Dan is twirling grandmas around at weddings now (and also me :)).