For Better For Waltz: Top Tips for Your First Dance

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Supplier Takeover: For Better For Waltz
Est. 2019 │  London
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Wedding Dance Instructor Maria Baywood from For Better For Waltz has put together some of her top tips for nailing your first dance as husband and wife! Take it away, Maria...

Here at For Better For Waltz I help couples of all abilities craft a first dance they feel comfortable and confident with. I passionately believe anyone can make a first dance an enjoyable part of their wedding day, even with four left feet between them! It just takes a different approach. And some practice of course. I’ve pulled together five top tips for couples to help get that first dance just right…
1. Plan ahead 
If you want to do a more structured first dance, don’t leave it until last minute. The last week or two before a wedding can be stressful, so it’s not the best time to start learning a routine from scratch.

Decide early on in the planning stages if you want a first dance, and if you require outside help to create one. Make sure you start working it at least six weeks before the big day.  

2. Music matters
When it comes to song choice I can’t stress enough how important it is to pick one that genuinely means something to you as a couple. It’s fine if it isn’t well known or doesn’t fit with a ‘theme’ because on the day, and when you listen back to your song 20 years from now, none of that will matter.

If you have a few that you’re trying to decide between have a little dance to each one together, this often helps clarify the favourite!  
3. Dance for as long or as little as you like!
You don’t have to dance for the full duration of the song, in fact more often than not I don’t recommend couples do. Those that haven’t got much dance experience should be aiming for somewhere around the two minute mark and then encouraging their guests to join in. But many do shorter or longer – there is no right or wrong.

4. Practice in your wedding shoes
This goes for the men too! You should aim to do the majority of your lessons and practices wearing your wedding shoes so you get used to dancing in them. High heels can feel especially different to socks or trainers.

5. Enjoy it!
This one often gets left out, but it’s the most important tip of all! Your first dance is supposed to be a memorable and enjoyable part of your wedding day, and you’ll never again have such a supportive crowd cheering you on. So relax, smile and have fun dancing together for the first time as a married couple, it’s a special moment. 
Q + A 
How did you get into the wedding industry? 
I’ve been dancing since I was three, and have always felt strongly that anyone can enjoy dancing. As my friends started getting married people asked me for help crafting a first dance and I realised how much I enjoyed being involved. Hey presto, For Better For Waltz was born. 

What makes your service unique?
Forget big studios and big routines, I prefer to keep things relaxed and manageable, even after a few glasses of celebratory champagne! The most important thing for me is that couples can have FUN during their first dance, and they won’t be able to do that if the routine is out their comfort zone. 

What is your favourite part of your job?
Meeting the couples for the first time, and getting a sneak peek of the bride’s shoes! 

Tell us about any wedding dance trends we should look out for...
Last year saw a move towards upbeat first dance songs. Often the couple will dance to half of it and then encourage everyone else to join them on the dancefloor. This can be a great way to kick off the party. Father of the bride dances are also becoming more common in the UK, although still nowhere near as popular as in the US. 
What is your best piece of advice for brides and grooms to be in terms of the first dance?
From a first dance point of view, don’t leave thinking about it until the last minute. The last week or two before a wedding can be stressful, so it’s not the best time to be learning a routine from scratch. I usually suggest meeting couples around 6 weeks before the day, and then adding a top-up session in the run up.

When it comes to songs I can’t stress enough how important it is to pick one that genuinely means something to you as a couple. It’s fine if it’s not well known or doesn’t fit with a ‘theme’, because on the day, and when you listen back to your song 20 years from now, none of that will matter. 
For Better For Waltz is offering couples 10% off if they quote From Brides With Love when booking. Look out for the website forbetterforwaltz.co.uk - coming soon!

From Brides (and Maria), With Love xo 


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