Wedding Formalities and When to do them

Many couples have asked when the best time to do the special dances  I believe it is always best right after introductions. First Dance, Parent Dances, Toasts, Blessing is a great order of events after an energetic introduction of the wedding couple.

In every wedding, having your First Dance right away after being introduced is a great transition.  You have everyone’s attention and you’re dancing right into the dance floor. The energy and attention level is high making for the perfect transition.

When I get to recommend the timing for the Parent Dances or any other Special Dances, I like to do these following the First Dance.  From a photographer’s perspective, the lighting will now be the same for all the highlight moments on the center of the dance floor. It is a great photo and moment to have the bride or groom hand off their spouse to a mother or father for the following dance. 

Through these moments, you’re retaining the attention of the guests by doing everything at once.  Some things to be cautious about are later in the evening you’ll have a group at the bar, maybe when outside for some fresh air, you may have a guest leave early, etc.  Typically, at the time of introductions everyone is in the room and no one will miss one of these highlight moments. 

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