Planning your wedding may be the biggest event you plan in your life. There are so many moving parts that some days it’s hard to remember that it’s supposed to be about joy and love. Scheduling and rescheduling meetings, tours, tastings, fittings, shopping, and interviews can be stressful. If only you could just pin your ideas on Pinterest and have it all materialize on the day, magically, as if your Fairy Godmother waved her magic wand and brought all your ideas together in a cohesive reality to awe your guests and win over your reluctant mother-in-law.


No Fairy Godmother, Just Hard Work

Alas, this is not how it works. Having your dream wedding takes work. Even if you hire a wedding planner, you still have to meet with them to make sure things are going the way you want them too and attend all the tasting, fittings, and interviews. Sure, your workload will still be lighter, but you still have to throw your whole self into the process. One thing that can’t be done by anyone planner, best man, or maid of honor is planning the wedding dance. You can get help, though, from the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in the Washington DC area.


Arthur Murray Can Help

We are the oldest and most trusted dance studio in the nation and have seven locations in the DC area. We offer dance classes specifically designed to make the first dance at your wedding exactly what you want it to be. You can choose a  formal Waltz, a sexy Samba, a fun Western Two-Step or an awe-inducing Lindy Hop! We will help match your dance level with a song and dance that will be comfortable for your to do at your wedding receptions. Call us today to set up your wedding dance classes.

Tips to Make Sure Your Wedding Dance Goes Smoothly!

  • Make sure you keep your song short. If the song you love is over three or four minutes, have your DJ or band cut it down.
  • If you really want the whole song, you can arrange for the DJ or the leader of the band to invite others to the dance floor after your choreographed dance is over.
  • Plan at least three months of dance lessons before the wedding and practice between classes.
  • Talk to the photographer about where to start and finish the dance, so you have the best possible


Wedding Dance-Friendly Wardrobe Choices

For Men

  • Make sure your suit or tux fits well through the shoulder so you can hold your bride comfortably and your pants can take any dips or stretched you will be doing.  
  • You don’t want your dance video going viral because of a wardrobe malfunction.
  • Make sure your shoes fit comfortable as well.

For Women

  • One thing you need to do is make sure you can do your dance to the song of your choice in your dress. It is important to keep your dance in mind while picking out your dress, as well as keeping your dress in mind when you are picking out your song and dress
  • If you are going strapless,  make sure you can raise your arms for any possible dance moves, and in doing so, you don’t pop out of your dress.
  • If your budget allows, you can get a reception dress if your wedding dress is impractical for dancing or sitting.
  • Plan your hairstyle so you can still do your twirls and that so that your hair-do doesn’t come undone during your dress.
  • If you plan on wearing something such as a tiara, in your hair, plan accordingly.
  • If your shoes are impractical for dancing but are too beautiful to pass up, consider having a second pair for the dance.
  • Practice the dance with your dress on to work out any kinks. Of course, you may need to do this with your dance instructor so that your groom doesn’t see the dress before the walk down the aisle.


There are so many things to think of! This is what we mean by moving parts, and this is just one aspect of your wedding planning. When you are looking for dance lessons to make the first dance of your wedding the dance of your dreams, be sure to call Arthur Murray Dance Studio to book one of our highly trained and professional dance teachers.