Seven First Dance Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making!

by | Jul 27, 2022 | Wedding DJs

When it comes to your wedding, there are many things to think about. One of these is your first dance! Your first dance can be a beautiful way to express your love for each other on your big day. However, if not done correctly, it can be awkward and embarrassing.

Many couples make mistakes when planning their first dance. But don’t worry, there’s no need to worry about making embarrassing first dance mistakes! These seven tips will help you easily make it through the first dance. Read on for some common wedding first dance mistakes and how to avoid them.

1. Not Practicing Enough:

One of the most common mistakes couples make when planning their first dance is not practicing enough. Having a few practice sessions with professional dancers can help you feel comfortable and confident on your big day.

Even if you have lessons, be sure to rehearse between sessions so that you can get the moves into your muscle memory and dance them intuitively. Picture yourself in your beautiful wedding venue. If you don’t rehearse, you’re more likely to make mistakes.

2. Picking the Wrong Song:

Another common mistake many couples make when planning their first dance is choosing inappropriate songs. Be sure to read the lyrics of your first dance song to ensure it has an appropriate view of marriage and relationships.

Make sure you pick a romantic song that suits your personality and dancing abilities. Also, avoid using too long or too short a first dance song. An ideal length for the first dance song is between 3 to 4 minutes.

3. Forgetting Your Choreography:

It’s happened to all of us. The dance floor lighting is set, the attention is on you – you’re on the dance floor and suddenly forget the steps. You panic and try to remember, but it’s too late. But don’t worry, there are a few things that you can do to help yourself remember your choreography.

One is to write down the steps on paper or use a phone app to remind you of the routine. Another is to practice your choreography in front of a mirror so you can see yourself making the moves. You can also use video footage of yourself dancing to help remind you of the choreography. Doing so will ensure you’re all set to deliver killer dance moves on your big day!

4. Dancing Too Long:

Your first dance should be between three to four minutes long, and that’s the right length. Unless you are a good dancer, dancing too long will distract your guests and make them bored.

So, keep your first dance sweet and short (within the right length). It may sound too fast, but when you are out there by yourself on the dance floor with everyone’s eyes on you, it can feel like dancing forever!

5. Dancing Too Short:

Three to four minutes is the perfect length for the first dance; however, performing less than that can make your guests want more. Plus, dancing too short will also run the risk of being too little time for your photographers because they’ll want to get multiple shots of both of you, capturing your expressions at different steps of the dance, as well as emotions and reactions from your guests as they watch.

6. Choosing the Wrong Shoes:

It’s essential to practice in the shoes you will be dancing in, as it can affect your balance. If you plan to wear high heels, make sure you rehearse in them before the wedding.

However, if you’re nervous about wearing heels and being able to dance, bring a pair of comfy dancing shoes. Don’t let painful shoes ruin the most enjoyable moment of your dream day.

7. Not Consulting With the DJ:

Don’t forget to get some ideas from your wedding DJ for the first dance surprises, routines, and songs to take this special moment to the next level.

An experienced DJ who has attended many weddings and has seen the first dance tradition many times knows how to make this most enjoyable and special moment truly memorable. So, listen to their ideas and personalize them into an unforgettable first dance you will cherish forever!

Did we miss something important? Tell us below! We’d love to hear your tips on how to have an amazing and memorable first dance.


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