Atmosphere Productions: Before or After Dinner: Your First Dance
Traditionally, the First Dance kicks off the dancing portion of the reception. So, if you're working on your wedding reception timeline, you may be wondering when you should this. Should it be later in the evening, after dinner or earlier, after introductions.
At ATMOSPHERE PRODUCTIONS most of our couples are encouraged to do the First Dance right after the formal introductions of the Bridal Party and the Bride and Groom. Why? Well we think EVERYONE looks great at this point in the evening. The Bridal Party has taken time to fix their flowers or ties and, of course, the Bride and Groom look perfect!
What's nice about this option is that the formal introductions create great energy and buzz in the room, and that momentum is sustained throughout the First Dance.
This way, at least in New England... "the Land of Steady Habits", the dining portion of the evening has a more leisurely, relaxed pace. Once everyone is done eating, we normally take care of the Cake Cutting Ceremony and whilst everyone is eating cake we can easily do the Father and Daughter Dance and the Mother and Son Dance.
The parent dances will help focus attention onto the dance floor and get the party started.
However, some couples are deciding to do the First Dance after dinner and the Cutting Ceremony. This instantly shifts the mood into a higher gear and signals to your guests that it's time for them to get out of their seats and celebrate with you on the dance floor.
With this method, you need to make sure you visit all the guests during dinner, because one we have them on the dance floor it's hard to get them back in their seats.
Whatever your choice, you'll need to consider your guests, their energy level and the overall flow of the reception.
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