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12th June 2018

Wedding Inspiration: Ideas for Your First Dance

No wedding is complete without your first dance as a couple. From the choice of music to picking a perfect backdrop, you and your partner’s dancefloor debut will be one of the most memorable moments of your wedding day.

Have a look at our ideas to make your first dance the perfect end to an unforgettable day.

Choosing the Right Song

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Whatever you chose as your first dance music will be significant for the rest of your married life together.  Classic choices include ‘Your Song’ by Elton John, ‘At Last’ by Etta James or ‘Moon River’ by Andy Williams but even more modern songs like Adele’s ‘Make you feel my love’ are equally romantic. Liverpool’s rich music history will give you plenty of ideas if you’re struggling for inspiration – try The Beatles’ ‘Something’ for a classic Scouse touch to the celebrations.

Picking the Right Dance

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If you want your first dance to be more than a gently sway on the dancefloor, there are plenty of dances you can learn that will bring elegance to your reception. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not give waltzing a go?

Book you and your partner into a private wedding dance lesson to truly make it a moment to remember. Whether you’re looking for a sophisticated slow dance, or a cheeky can-can, there are hundreds of teachers out there who can help you find your dancing shoes.

Take a Rooftop Dance

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Your first dance should be unforgettable and where better celebrate your first of many dances as newlyweds than looking over the spectacular skyline of Liverpool? The Signature Living Garden of Eden Terrace offers a beautiful backdrop for the most memorable day of your life. Perfect for Spring and Summer weddings, you can take to the dancefloor with the lights of the city behind you.

The Garden of Eden venue offers a 360-degree glass exterior as well, giving you panoramic views of the Liverpool skyline, including the three Graces and the world-famous waterfront.

Hire a Live Band

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Double the romance of your dance by choosing live musicians to play your favourite song. Match the music to atmosphere of your wedding, from the relaxed, fun-filled sounds of a Mexican Mariachi band to the magical touch a string quartet can bring to the reception.

The Dance Moves

First dances don’t have to be serious. The only rule of the first dance is that it should mean something special to you and your partner.

If you’re uncomfortable with the idea of a slow-dance, why not chose an up-tempo song to whizz around the dancefloor? Or take inspiration from the hilarious choreographed dance above. You can either go solo as a couple or, for a memorable mash-up, encourage your bridesmaids and grooms men to get involved and have your whole wedding party grooving as the drinks begin to flow.

Picking a Dancefloor

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For a touch of sparkle on your big day, why not hire out a dancefloor that makes an impression? Opt for a floor that mimics the night sky, with twinkling LED lights across the tiles, for a magical touch to the dance.

If you’re looking for a subtler effect, so that you and your partner are the ones in the limelight, pick a classic white tile. Or, if you want a more traditional style to your reception, chose a classic wooden dancefloor.

Beautiful Historic Setting

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If you’re looking for a timeless and classic setting to stage your first-dance, Signature Living’s White Star Grand Hall at 30 James Street Hotel will be the perfect backdrop for you to take to the dancefloor as a married couple for the first time. Complete with grand chandeliers and gorgeous historic interiors, the Grade II* listed venue is brimming with history: perfect for hosting an unforgettable wedding day.

Make it a Moment to Remember

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Imagine it: you take to the dance floor as a couple and as your chosen song reaches a crescendo, the dancefloor is filled with a cascade of white paper petals that shower you and your partner. A confetti cannon will create a picture-perfect moment for your first dance. Just make sure you tell your photographer what’s happening, so they’re prepared to take that unforgettable shot.

Personalise the Music

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If you can’t quite find that perfect tune, why not ask the DJ for a medley of all your favourites or even commission a musician to write a song especially for the big day? Your first dance should reflect you as a couple and the more personal it is to you, the more special it will feel.

Get Everyone Involved

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First dances can be nerve-wracking. If you’re really feeling the fear, why not ask your guests to join you from the beginning of your dance? Skip the stress of the lime-light and make your first dance a family- and friend-filled affair, taking the heat off you and your partner.

Relax Afterwards

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After the buzz and excitement of your first dance and reception, there’s nothing more calming than the bliss of a bridal suite to make your wedding night as special as the rest of the day.

The spectacular bridal suite at The Shankly Hotel is the perfect wedding night hideaway after you’ve danced the evening away, with an in-room Jacuzzi bath to sooth aching muscles, a plush private snug and decadent interiors.

We hope you enjoyed our Wedding Dance Inspirations ideas. If you’re planning your dream wedding and want to find out more about our beautiful venues, get in touch with our team today and take your first steps towards an unforgettable day.

Call 0151 305 3753 or have a browse around our website to see the different Signature Living wedding venues. 

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