How long should my first dances be?

Have you been to a wedding when the first dance took 4 minutes, then the bride danced with her dad to a full song, and then the groom and his mom danced a song, and before you know it 12 minutes have passed? While sentimental, this can really cut into your wedding ay timeline and be long time for guests to stay attentive.  So, How long should first dances be?

We understand you want to have that first dance with your partner, and maybe (depending on family dynamics) you’ll also want to have a dance to honour your parents and so will your partner.  The trick here learning how to be efficient with your time, keep all the emotional significance and also get some great pictures.

Have your first dance for 3 to 4 minutes.  It’s your day, take your time!  For the parent dance, have one of you start, then your partner can join with their parent after a minute.  After one more minute of dancing, we suggest inviting your guests to join you! Now, dances are done, photos are taken, and everyone is on the dance floor in 7 minutes or less.

Do you want a choreographed first dance? Or maybe a mashup that starts romantic and turns into a rap battle? Both options are a lot of fun probably reflect your personalities and are therefore important.  There is no right or wrong way to hold these dances – do what suits you best!

Need to be more formal?  Keep the separate dances with each parent but let us help you choose shorter songs or create shortened edits of your parents’ favourite song that is less than 3 minutes.

First dances are usually something important to get done so then the party can start

If you want to get to the party quicker after dinner, have your first dance when you are introduced.  Then, when your parent comes up to give their speech, you dance with them then, during dinner.

All these things help keep you on schedule and keep those special moments.

At Maximum Music, we are here to help coach you as you build your wedding day plan and the soundtrack that will accompany you.  in the weeks before your wedding we will be in touch to run through everything from beginning to end and make sure your reception is set up for success!

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