Our lovely couple Luciana and Kapil, getting married in January 2021 (fingers crossed!) were such a joy to photograph last weekend. They were playful and fun and didn't mind braving the rain with us.
From start to finish Steve and Tania were so professional, creative, helpful and were so nice to be around.
Whether you love or hate dancing, the first dance is a tradition that always produces some fabulous photos and for those couple of minutes you will be the focus of everyone's attention.
Apparently it wasn't always this way. In 1922, Emily Post, an American author famous for writing about 'Etiquette', wrote that newlyweds join the dancing after their guests and "simply dance with one another first before moving on to other partners". It wasn't given particular attention or treated as a performance.
Today, however, it starts with just the two of you and you will be the centre of attention, so it's a good idea to think about what kind of dance to go for.
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There is in fact a specific order for the traditional wedding first dance however any part of it may be changed according to needs and tastes of the couple. According to etiquette, the newlyweds start the dancing first, then the groom should dance with his new mother-in-law, then his own mother. Meanwhile, the bride should dance with her new father-in-law and then with her father.
These traditions vary according to the couple and their own family, so depending on your own circumstances, the bride may choose to dance with her mother.
Most couples choose a song which resonates or has some history between them. While this is generally a slow love song, couples are now choosing more up-tempo routines to ring the changes.
Hitched have listed the best 150 first dance songs (https://www.hitched.co.uk/wedding-songs/first-dance/) of which their top ten are:
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
At Last – Etta James
All Of Me – John Legend
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Amazed – Lonestar
Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley
Your Song – Elton John
How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
Something – The Beatles
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
Whatever your choice of dance and music, the most important thing is to enjoy the moment. And, if you want to dance all evening, the next important thing is to choose your footwear carefully, or kick off those shoes!
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