To dance or not to dance? If you know me at all then you will know that my answer is always to dance. Why do I love wedding dances so much? It’s a time when people generally are relaxed and enjoying their surroundings, which makes for some great photo opportunities. Also, there’s nothing like the emotion captured in a first dance as a married couple, daddy/daughter dance, or mother/son dance. Some of my favorite shots ever are of these very moments. So what types of dances can you do at your wedding? This isn’t an exhaustive list, but here are a few fun ideas.
The Choreographed Group Dance
You’ve seen the viral videos. Here’s how it goes: Several weeks before the big day the wedding party learns an actual choreographed dance. The only con to this is that it requires the commitment and participation of a group of people, which can be hard to arrange sometimes. However, if you can pull it off this will be a memorable moment for everyone there. These planned out group dances are such a fun way to celebrate a wedding.
First Dance as a Married Couple
What I love about this type of dance is that it is many times the first moment the newly married husband and wife get to actually just talk to each other for a few minutes. The excitement in their eyes as they relive the ceremony that just happened and the happiness they display is contagious. It’s often one of their favorite pictures from the day.
Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dances
Talk about emotional. Watching a daddy dance with the bride that he still sees as a little girl, standing on his feet, learning to dance is a beautiful moment. Likewise, seeing a mom dancing with the man who now towers over her but she once held in her arms and rocked as a baby, it will bring a tear to your eye for sure. I love capturing these moments, not only for the couple but for their parents as well.
Fun Dances Everyone Knows
Whether it’s the Savage, the Electric Slide, or the YMCA, the party dances we all know and love are always a hit during a wedding reception. There’s a sense of community when everyone knows the moves and can dance along together. Consider adding some fun party dance-along staples to your reception playlist.
Put on Your Dancing Shoes
There are no rules about dancing at your wedding. If you want to do it you can and if you don’t want to then you do don’t have to. However, if you choose to then have fun with it and dance like no one’s watching.