bride dancing at wedding

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If you were to predict the worst case scenario guests will remember most about your wedding, what would it be? Perhaps when the mini chicken BBQ cornbread muffins and signature rum punch drinks ran dry. Or when the DJ had to cut the music during your first dance because you didn’t know the choreography. Likely the latter!

Don’t fear your feet—here are five ways NOT to embarrass yourself on the dance floor at your wedding:


Hire an instructor
This is not a time to “wing” it. Sure, you can step from side to side, but that will lead you going round and round like an amusement park ride. You are bound to get light headed, especially if you haven’t had dinner yet. Find a dance instructor on WeddingWire that can provide this service as well as a specific style you want to learn more about. A few examples include: tango, ballroom, salsa, swing, waltz, and/ or rumba.

Create a list of songs
Once you have chosen the above, you can start searching for songs. No matter how lovey-dovey it is (cue John Legend’s “All of Me”), it will bring the crowd to a tearful standing ovation, without a doubt. And leave you wishing you had re-applied lip gloss after all that clinking of champagne flutes.

Practice, practice, practice
Yes, you have to bring your shoes to your final dress fitting appointment, but you will also have to wear them during date nights. Who knows when and where you will get to practice? Kidding, it will end up being in privacy of your home with no one watching.

Under-indulge in libations
The general rule of thumb is one, okay, maybe two, drinks before the walk down the aisle to calm any nervous jitters. However, keep in mind that does not give you the green light to consume massive amounts of concoctions during cocktail hour. You have a schedule to stick to with a performance starting at exactly seven o’clock, which means that you cannot trip over your train. You bet you should bustle it!

Avoid awkward moves
Although you are surrounded by your closest family and friends, it still should be kept PG-13 rated. Consider that there are all ages, from the flower girl to great grandma and grandpa. Break out the sprinkler and shopping cart with your sorority sisters, while don't break out the grind or twerk with your husband. Tip: your reception is not a reckless night club.