04 Nov Couple of the month: Meredith & Tristan
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: Rumba & Hustle
Song: Nick Mulvey – In Your Hands & Donna Lewis – I Love You Always Forever
Amount of Lessons: 12+
Took part of the ComfyDance Boost Event
1. How did you pick a song for your first dance?
While wedding planning we kept a running playlist of songs that captured the love and spirit of our relationship, then had a date night where we listened through the list to narrow it down. We actually ended up picking two – Nick Mulvey’s “In Your Hands” followed by Donna Lewis’ “I Love You Always Forever” – for the perfect blend of meaningful and playful tunes to accompany our first dance.
2. What was the most important requirement for your wedding dance?
We wanted a dance that would help us stay present in the moment with each other, but also to hopefully look like we had some idea what we were doing!
3. How many months in advance did you start? Did you have a dance experience before?
We had lots of ‘informal’ dance experience but nothing formal. We began lessons ~5 months before our wedding, so we could learn at a relaxed pace (and also to maximize the time to enjoy our lessons together!)
4. What was the biggest challenge for you preparing the dance and how did you overcome it?
Not knowing how the dance would translate at our wedding venue (uncertainty of the exact size / space) was a bit of a challenge. We overcame it by practicing our dance in different settings / rooms that were different sizes to build confidence that we could adapt as needed on our wedding day. We also snuck in one last secret practice on our wedding day to calm our nerves – highly recommend!
5. Did you feel comfortable on the dance floor on the day of the wedding?
We did! It turns out cheers from a crowd of your closest friends and family do wonders for your confidence! Our instructor, Alyona, also gave us tons of helpful tips to feel comfortable and confident on the big day.
6. Tell our future couples what to expect from the wedding dance on the day of!
Like so much of the wedding weekend, the dance flew by – don’t be afraid to take your time before and after the dance to soak up the moment together!
7. How did you feel after the performance on the day of?
Extremely happy – it was genuinely one of the best moments of the day. (Probably the same way Michael Jackson felt the first time he nailed the Moonwalk.)
8. What advice can you give to the couples?
We’re grateful we started early, so highly recommend beginning as early as possible. Our dance lessons became one of our favorite parts of the wedding planning process and something we looked forward to every other week. Put your trust in the Brooklyn Dance Instructors, make sure to have fun, and the rest will take care of itself.
9. Are you going to dance after the wedding?
Absolutely – in addition to nightly kitchen dance parties we want to keep taking lessons as a fun date night.
You can see their dance below: