Wedding Dance Moves for Beginners Bride and Groom

Wedding Dance Moves
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A wedding is a special occasion and many people want to show how happy they are by dancing. You might be a good dancer, or perhaps you have never danced before in your life. No matter what your level of experience is, there are some moves that are perfect for beginners to learn and perform at their wedding reception. Here are some great ideas on how you can incorporate them into your big day.


You’re better off if you let go of perfectionism and just enjoy the moment. Feel free to laugh at yourself, because no one is watching as critically as you think they are. Your guests will be too busy worrying about their own moves to notice whether yours are perfect or not. The same goes for your other dance partners; don’t worry about what they’re doing wrong – everyone has their own style.


Lessons are an essential part of learning how to dance and they can help you feel more comfortable, confident, and prepared for your special day. If you’re a beginner, taking wedding first dance lessons is a great idea because it will give you time to practice and make sure that everyone knows their roles in the dance before the big day. If you’re an experienced dancer who wants to learn some new moves for your wedding reception (or even just for fun), then taking lessons after the honeymoon is also a good idea because it gives both partners time with each other without worrying about practicing the dance steps in front of others.


Simple moves are easier to learn, remember, perform and teach others. For example, The Cha Cha Slide was one of the most popular wedding dance moves in 2018. To do this move all you have to do is tap your feet side-to-side and then slide them back in place. The key is doing both steps at the same time so that it looks like one fluid motion as opposed to two separate movements.

Follow the music

Follow the music. If you can’t hear it, feel it. The key to any good dance routine is keeping your movements in time with the music. Listen carefully to the rhythm and beat of your favorite songs, and try clapping along with them as you listen. Once you’ve developed a sense of how long each part of a song lasts and how many times it repeats itself before changing, use that information to guide you through your dance movements.

When dancing together with your partner on the big day (and throughout life thereafter), make sure that both partners are on the same page about what type of dance moves they want to do—or don’t want to do. While some couples may want a choreographed routine for their first dance together as husband and wife, others prefer something more low-key; whatever works best will depend on each couple’s personality and level of comfort in front of an audience.

Enjoy the moment

It’s easy to worry about what other people are doing or how you look when you’re in the spotlight. Don’t. Your wedding day is not a competition, and you should feel free to enjoy your experience. If your partner knows how to dance, don’t worry about whether or not he/she is dancing well—enjoy being held in his/her arms and moving along with him/her. If neither of you knows how to dance, just have fun and go with it. (Who cares if people can see that one of his moves was stolen from Michael Jackson?)


Wedding dances can be a lot of fun, but they can also be challenging to learn. It’s hard to find the time to take lessons and practice at home when you’re busy planning the wedding and preparing for your marriage. The good news is that there are plenty of online resources for beginners who want to learn how to dance for their wedding reception or another special occasion. Educate yourself about the different types of dances before making any commitments so that you know what will work best with your current skill level and expectations from instructors/teachers.

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Patrick Watt is a content writer, writing in several areas, primarily in business growth, value creation, M&A, and finance. Other interests also include content marketing and self-development. Say hi to Patrick on Twitter @patrickwattpat.

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