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  • Writer's pictureDan Obermann

The First Dance: A Timeless Tradition


The first dance is one of the most anticipated moments of a wedding reception. For many couples, it's a chance to share a special dance wrapped up in each other's arms, on top of feeling like royalty being in the spotlight.


But have you ever wondered why the first dance is such a popular tradition? And more importantly, which wedding dance should be performed first? In this blog post, we'll explore the history and etiquette behind the first dance so that you can make the best decision for your wedding day!



The Origins of the First Dance

The origins of the first dance can be traced back to ancient times when weddings were often more like an opportunity to display one's wealth and status rather than a romantic celebration of love. In these grand affairs, guests would congregate around the perimeter of the room while the bride and groom performed an intricate dance in the center. This "grand march" was meant to show off the couple's grace and skill (not to mention their expensive clothing!) to all of their guests.



While the grand march is no longer a common wedding tradition, the idea of newlyweds sharing a dance in front of their guests has remained popular throughout the years. For many couples, their first dance as husband and wife is seen as a symbol of their love and commitment to each other. Plus, it's just really darn romantic!



Which Wedding Dance Should Be Performed First?

Traditionally, the bride and groom would be required to perform two dances: one before dinner and one after. The order in which these dances were performed depended on which family had higher social standing. However, nowadays it is perfectly acceptable (and actually more common) for couples to perform their first dance after dinner has been served.


Another popular option is to have all of your guests join you on the dance floor for your first dance. This is especially fun if you have chosen a playful or upbeat song! Not only will this get everyone out of their seats and onto the dance floor, but it will also help break any awkwardness or tension that may be present among your guests. After all, weddings are all about celebrating new beginnings!




No matter what you decide, your first dance will be a moment that you remember for the rest of your life. So take your time in choosing a song that has meaning for you as a couple, and don't forget to practice beforehand so that you can feel confident and comfortable on your big day!


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