The Most Sacred Ritual of the Wedding Reception – The First Dance
By Deborah Joy Block, Founder of The Wedding Dance Specialists
|TWDS Founders Deborah and Brian Block's First Dance - Tango|
You’ve made a big investment in many aspects of the wedding day that will only last one day but will live on in your memories and album– with one exception – your First Dance lessons. The cake will be eaten, the flowers will die, the gown will be preserved in a closet or sold but learning to dance is a small investment in your actual relationship which lives on and evolves. Dancing is a life skill useful for future special occasions or even just tender moments in your living room on a rainy night! Our students say their dancing date nights are the most fun and romantic time they have during the wedding planning process and our couples tell us that the First Dance is the most sentimental moment of the reception too!
Many couples are realizing the importance of expressing their unity and growing closer through this unique learning experience. They are seizing the opportunity to shine on the dance floor while personalizing their celebration through their own creative expression. For these insightful couples, the First Dance is often the highlight of the reception, and the most vivid wedding memory guests recall since actions speak louder than words.
There are lots of aspects of the wedding that can be outsourced - - the bakery, the caterer, the florist, the event planner. There are two vital components that only the couple themselves can execute in order for a wedding to be valid and authentic - - their vows and their First Dance. The public and legally binding vows verbally profess the couple’s intentions to be supportive and loyal to each other. The First Dance is the first marital act that physically proves a couple’s ability to be supportive of one another. And actions speak louder than words. After all, you are not going to recite your vows to each other every day of your marriage but instead you will prove your sincerity through your actions both big and small. Just as couples attend a rehearsal to prepare for their ceremony, it is vital to dedicate some time in advance before making their public debut in the spotlight as a married couple. By exercising teamwork and patience during private rehearsals and ultimately for public display, the couple “moves as one” on the dance floor and a promise is sealed and delivered. For this reason, the First Dance is the most sacred ritual of the wedding reception.
For less than the price of Cinderella's glass slipper, couples can sparkle in the spotlight instead of being all dressed up with no place to go once they reach the ballroom floor. With a little preparation, you can turn the most sentimental moment into the most memorable moment for you and your guests!
|TWDS students Greg and Shelley Webb|
The Wedding Dance Specialists is the national expert of the wedding dance industry. Deborah Joy and Brian Block founded the first wedding dance company in the nation in 2000, while engaged and preparing their own “First Dance.” Year after year, The Wedding Dance Specialists remain the most recommended wedding dance company in the nation according to engaged couples, wedding vendors and the media. Appearing repeatedly on Oprah Winfrey’s Oxygen Network, The Wedding Dance Specialists and their students starred on an episode of “Real Weddings by the Knot”, the nation’s first wedding reality show. Although this small family company services the DC area, it has attracted celebrity clientele, receives inquiries nationwide and inspired an entire niche industry that has expanded worldwide!