Getting married is arguably one of the most exciting, and stressful times in most peoples lives. With a wedding being something so many women have thought about since they were little, its important for it to be perfect. Most people now have a huge focus on the reception, rather than the actual ceremony, it allows all the guests to mingle and celebrate the happy couple. You can’t deny that the wedding reception is not complete without a first dance. This can be completely magical, or, well, a train-wreck. No couple wants to fall into the latter category. So how do you avoid it? Well, lots of couples are now opting to get bridal dance lessons before the big day. This in itself can be stressful, its yet another thing to think about! To make it a bit easier for you, here are some top tips.


Choose The Right Teacher for You

There are so many companies out there that offer bridal dance lessons, but it is important to choose the right one. You can choose to either hire a teacher not affiliated with a studio, or go to a studio. Many studios offer both private and group classes. So there will be something to suit your budget and needs. But it’s important to get it right. Don’t forget that if you opt for group classes, you will have less one on one time, and the chorography won’t be specifically designed for you and your song choice. Whatever you choose, you need to feel comfortable. Make mistakes now, and not on the big day,


Plan Ahead

The worst thing you can do is leave your dance lessons to the last minute. You need to give yourself time to learn the steps and practice before the big day. Wedding planners often suggest booking lessons between three and six months before the actual wedding. Feeling confident with the dance weeks before you have to perform it in front of your guests will take pressure off as the event gets closer.


Pick a Song

Song choice is everything. So, when you and your partner go to your first bridal dance lesson, have a song in mind and bring a copy of the song with you. This will help your teacher create steps that fit with the feel and tempo of the song.


Consider Venue Size

The size of the venue makes a big difference. If you have a large space, you will be able to move around a lot to make use of the space, however if the room is smaller, the steps will have to reflect this. When you have your bridal dance lessons, discuss the size of the venue with your instructor. It is important to make sure the steps they create for you are appropriate for the size of the room you will be performing in.


Consider the Dress

When you begin your dance lessons, you will probably be wearing comfortable clothes that are easy to move in. But remember, this wont be the case on your wedding day. It is much harder to move in a wedding dress than it is in workout clothes. So when learning steps with your teacher, think about the style of dress you will be wearing and make sure you will be able to perform the moves in it.


Get Comfortable in Heels

Despite pop stars making it look effortless, moving around in heels is difficult. Make sure you feel confident in them before your wedding day. Practice makes perfect, so bring your shoes along to the bridal dance lessons and rehearse in them until you feel comfortable. The last thing you want to do is trip over in front of all your guests!


Have Fun

Although the first dance is a big deal, don’t take it too seriously. The reception will be full of people who love you, and want to celebrate with you. Use your bridal dance lessons as a fun activity to relieve some stress on the lead up to the wedding. Just enjoy learning a new skill with your partner.