Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Learning How to Move Together

Do you have memories of awkward middle school and prom dances with the boy you liked? No? Well, I'm not afraid to admit that I do. I think I've even got some pictures that accurately captured the awkwardness.

No, that's not me, but I wanted to give you an idea of what awkward looked like.

So here's the deal: Up until six months ago the mister and I had never danced together. We'd spent two and half years together and never danced together. I'm not sure how that happened exactly. I know he's not a big dancer, unless of course he's trying to make me laugh, but I love to dance.

We'd been to a couple of weddings together, but not one them had dancing. (I know, sacrilege, right?) However, in January, my cousin got married and they had dancing, so we finally got to dance together. It was just one song, but definitely a start. Then in March, two more of our friends got married, and this time we got to dance to slow and fast songs. The mister did awesome and I had a blast. Have I mentioned how much I love to dance?

I believe my sister or dad took this picture.

I told my mister the other day to be prepared for me to be on the dance floor at least 80 percent of the time at our wedding. I figure if people want to talk to me, they can come dance with me too! Is that rude?

Now, for what this post is really about: Our official first dance together as a married couple! When I was younger, I always dreamed I'd dance to "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis (I love love love Elvis!) or "You Look Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton. I love both of those songs, but have since learned that they're very popular and somewhat cliche. I know I shouldn't care that so many brides are using the same songs, but I'm human, and I do.

So the search began for a song that meant something to us, that represented both of us. After suggesting a few duds, I finally picked something the mister liked. Without further ado, our first dance song:

*I can't find Kenny Wayne singing this song, so this is a cover. :(

I introduced the mister to Kenny Wayne Shepherd after we started dating, and the mister loved his music. The mister's favorite type of music is rock, so I thought it would be a perfect choice. Not to mention, Kenny Wayne Shepherd is the first band I ever saw in concert (if you don't count Raffi or Johnathan Sprout).

The only problem is that the song is a bit faster than the typical first dance song, but not quite fast enough to dance like it's a fast song. And no, we haven't started practicing yet. I think if we practice a few times, we'll be fine. We're not planning any spectacular dance moves, twirls or dips, so we should be safe, but a little practice never hurts.

Neither one of us really likes to be the center of attention, so we're toying with the idea of inviting our parents out to dance halfway through the song to take some of the heat off us.

Are you doing a first dance? How did you choose your song? Are you planning any special moves, or have you taken dance lessons to get ready for your number?


  1. We aren't having dancing at our backyard reception, but I like to dance! If you don't like tons of people staring, I like the idea of your parents coming in on it!

  2. I really really wanted to do a Waltz. I think it is the most beautiful dance but we never got around to taking lessons :( Our first song was Lost in this Moment by Big & Rich.

  3. We are still undecided about our first dance...but I know we are going to take dance lessons lol he is Mr. Smooth and I have two left feet that always want to lead... must figure that out before we're in front of 120 people! I also think dance lessons will be a ton of fun to do together as a couple. when would we ever do that again?

  4. Sometimes I think dance lessons would be fun but I don't think he'd ever go for it. If all else fails, we'll just do the standard sway back and forth thing.

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  6. I took it. The pic, I mean. :)