Creating a Surprise Wedding Dance

In the old days, getting married was simple: set the date, book the venue, get the dress and invite the guests.  Nowadays however, the latest craze to sweep across the ocean is Surprise Wedding Dances.

The days of the 'Siege of Ennis' being the only group dance performed at Irish Weddings are well gone. 

In recent years choreographed and scripted wedding dances and routines are becoming as popular here as in America.

With everyone accessing the internet for ideas, wedding dances have never been easier.  Millions of wedding videos have been uploaded and sent around the globe through shared and forwarded emails.

Youtube is flooded with surprise wedding dances ranging from; entire wedding parties performing “Thriller” to brides and grooms romantically dancing to some love song and then suddenly breaking into Uptown Funk. 

A surprise choreographed first dance can make your wedding very memorable indeed!  Couples starting off with a slow romantic song, lulling guests into the idea its a standard first dance thensuddenly breaking into a dance routine using songs that completely clash may add to the fun factor of the day but it may also add to the stress factor.

Whatever dance combination you decide on follow the tips below to ensure you have fun doing it and your  guests will enjoy and remember forever for all the right reasons.


Making it a Dance to remember....

To Dance or Not?: You may think a wedding dance is a fantastic idea, but does your husband to be agree?  Don't push it if your fiancé is really uneasy about showing off their dance skills in public, forcing them do a choreographed dance probably isn't the best way to start off your marriage. 

The groom will also be feeling the pressure of the day, making the speech, thanking the brides maids, ensuring everything is running smoothly for his bride so adding a dance routine may just be to much.  Brides with uncooperative grooms might consider asking their fathers, or brides maids to do a surprise choreographed dance.

Song: Choose a songs you both enjoy that are also appropriate for the occasion. Classic party songs, disco hits, rock tunes and contemporary hip-hop are all popular choices.  Songs with a clear, steady beat will make dancing together much easier.  Using props is a great way to add personality to your first wedding dance. 

Length: Two to three minutes is more than enough.  When choreographing a dance, you don't have to use the entire song, perhaps edit the beginning verse and ending chorus together. Guests will lose their attention if it is longer and a longer routine also means more to memorise.  Make your dance a "split" routine to cut down on the amount of time you need to do the routine. The first part can be a traditional dance to a love song, while the second part is a fun routine or the choruses of 2 other songs.

Planning means perfection: It is a good idea to take lessons if possible before the wedding and begin your dance routine at least three months in advance.  Performing a choreographed wedding dance takes practice.  You need to feel confidence and comfortable with the routine so you will be worry free on your big day.   

The routine: Couples who are reluctant to make up their own routine can always copy the moves from popular music videos ;Thriller, Hit Me Baby One More Time, Bye Bye Bye, Uptown Funk, Rocky Horror Show, Footloose.....

Practice: in the shoes you will be wearing on your wedding day. Keep in mind what type of wedding gown you are going to be wearing  when picking your dance as a wedding dance can be strenuous and isn’t suited to restrictive wedding gowns. 

If at all possible dance in a dress similar to your own (weight, length, train, etc) as getting used to dancing in your wedding attire will make you more confident.  Consider hats, masks and musical instruments or sports equipment to add a fun element to your routine.

Timing: There’s no right or wrong point in the reception to schedule your first dance.  Do you want to dance out of the church or would you prefer to dance into your reception.  Maybe you want to save the best dance for last?  

Be organised: Make sure that there is an announcement just before the dance so that guests won’t miss it.  And let the DJ or Band will know how you will enter and exit your dance so they can cue the music accordingly.  Don’t forget to let your photographer and videographer know that you are doing choreography so they are prepared.  

Surprise: Keep the dance a surprise by making it a "need to know" piece of information.

So to sum up; plan, prepare and practice to ensure you “rock the reception” and have a routine to remember!