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{Wedding Recap} DIY First Dance

May 1, 2011

Just in case you didn’t already see it over at Weddingbee, you get to see it now.

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We did our first dance right after our grand entrance to Stand by Me by Ben E. King.

We took traditional ballroom dancing classes, but we never finished all of our lessons because planning and life got in the way. Instead, we resorted to YouTube for instructions. We decided that we had DIYed so much for our wedding already, why not our first dance as well? You can search for other couples who danced to the same song, or wedding first dances, or even Dancing With the Stars videos. I got tons of inspiration from watching a bunch of videos.

We knew we didn’t have the time, nor the energy, to pull off something so choreographed and polished. So we focused on “less is more.” We choreographed the following four “tricks” into our dance.

(1) The Simple Underarm Turn

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(2) The Lift

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I couldn’t find a good video for simple ballroom lifts, so we watched this dance (which we LOVE) over and over again. Check out their lift at the 2:10 mark—we copied them.

(3) The Sweetheart

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(4) The Dip

We planned to end the dance with a dip, but Mr Hot Wings got spontaneous and threw a dip in at the start of the dance as well. So here’s the first dip…

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and the last dip.

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We really loved the end result. I highly recommend this method. My only advice is this…

KISS—Keep It Simple Stupid! Less is more when it comes to doing your own choreographed first dance.

Did you teach yourselves any dance moves for the wedding?

*All photos by the ever fab Hanssie Trainor unless noted otherwise*

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