It’s traditional that wedding receptions open up the dance floor with a first dance between the bride and groom, as husband and wife. It’s a beautiful tradition, but one that many people are bored of – and if you’re reading this, then you’re probably one of them. A first dance is romantic, but it doesn’t involve anyone except the bride and groom,which means that some guests might not find it as entertaining. If you really want to wow them, and have them talking about your wedding for months to come, why not try something different? Here are some ideas:

  1. Organise a flash mob

An unexpected flashmob will be a hit at any wedding. It can include anyone who is able and willing to dance, and the looks of surprises on guest’s faces will be totally worth it. If you want to pull out all the stops, you could secretly learn a routine set to your partner’s favourite song and surprise them by re-enacting it (with your bridesmaids/groomsmen party) to assist you.

  1. Tell a story

Most wedding receptions include cute anecdotes about the couple, how they met and their relationship. Instead of recounting it to guests in yet another speech, why not show them in a multimedia video or presentation? This is also a great way to include those who could not attend the wedding by asking them to send through special messages. Have a key person from the wedding party like your best man or maid of honour pull it together so that you can be surprised along with everyone else with the end result.

  1. Include everyone

Rules are meant to be broken, so who says the bride and groom have to open up the dancefloor or that only couples should be included in a dance? Your reception will be filled with all the important friends and family in your life and what better way to celebrate your new marriage than with a group dance? Have your DJ queue up a few party anthems and then invite everyone from grandma and grandpa to your nephews and nieces to have a blast together.

You only get to experience a wedding once, so why do it the old-fashioned way if this doesn’t appeal to you? Try something new. You’ll be glad you did.

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