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The very mention of the bridal waltz ignites fear in the heart of many couples. Dare we even say perhaps this particular phenomenon is more commonly seen in grooms than brides?! This has been top of mind a bit lately for us; it’s obviously awful to watch a couple who really doesn’t want to be dancing in front of everyone having to suffer through an entire 3 minute song (it can really feel like a lifetime).
Not that it is always that way - sometimes we see couples who just love the show. At a wedding a while ago, we could have sworn the bride and groom had rehearsed for ages as they just were so good at it. The three minutes flew by and everyone was transfixed. They were naturals. We were surprised when afterwards the bride told us they’d only had one lesson and only a few subsequent run-throughs!
Then we’ve met couples where one person didn’t want to dance at all, but it was really important to the other. Then there are couples where neither wants to dance but they feel they have to do it for their family’s sake.
We would say, there’s always a way to keep everyone happy!
For couples that decide to dance but one or the other are not really comfortable, we suggest just dancing for the first minute or even thirty seconds, then have the bridal party join you.
For couples where neither wants to do it, just don’t. A heartfelt hug or a genuinely happy photo with your loved ones makes for a much better memory than an embarrassed first-dance performance.
We’ve seen many couples successfully skipping these formalities (including garter and bouquet throwing) in favour of creating their own and unique new ones.
We’re always happy to discuss any reception related issue at length with our couples – after all, it’s all part of the flow of the night and we can sometimes be very creative with suggestions!
Most of all, remember enjoying your special day is the number one priority. Make it one to remember.
All the best
Lisa & Marco