Epic wedding dances are becoming more and more common as couples feel inspired to break tradition and allow their personalities to shine through on their big day. One couple took things even further during their first dance.
The first dance as husband and wife is always a special treat — if you’re the bride and groom. For the majority of guests, close relatives and friends excluded, it’s a boring three-minute ordeal that starts off sweet (aww, look at them together — they were totally meant to be) and then tapers off into a somewhat awkward scene that usually involves guests trying to figure out, at what point, they can start chatting with one another and ignoring the couple without seeming rude.
Hollie and Dave Smith said to hell with all that and chose instead to substitute their traditional first dance with a lengthy choreographed routine that incorporated songs like Sir Mix A Lot’s “Baby Got Back,” Beyoncé’s “Bootylicious” (maybe the wife is known for her bodacious derriere) and “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It).” The British couple, who describe themselves as the type who don’t take things too seriously, got married in Spain on July 29. The most impressive thing about their dance? They choreographed it themselves!
I love how they got their bridal party involved in the dance. It’s one thing to be a bride and groom who are motivated to pay for dance lessons prior to your party so that you don’t look like fools out there (though, from what it sounds like, I think they relied on their own dancing skills) — it’s another thing to have friends and family members who adore you so much that they’re willing to possibly make fools of themselves. That’s what I call loyalty.
I understand “epic” dance routines like this one are starting to become the norm, and not the exception. But that doesn’t make it any less fun to watch a new couple embrace their crazy. Don’t get me wrong: It’s beautiful to witness a newly married couple dance together for the first time. Their slow dance symbolizes unity and their ability to work together and flow as a couple.
But unless you and your significant other have always shared a meaningful slow song that you consider your song — one that also proves to be a perfect first dance track — it can be very difficult to find a tune that isn’t too sappy, isn’t actually about breaking up or stalking someone (I was once at a wedding where the couple danced to The Police’s “Every Breath You Take”) and lends itself to slow dance moves.
And, besides, if any first dance symbolizes unity, this is it — you have to be seriously connected to choreograph a dance routine like this one. Wishing this couple all the best.