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Who cares who leads? Non-gendered first dance ideas for all

My brother-in-law — who has never danced himself — once told me that it is only natural in dancing that the man leads and the woman follows. Having taught many partner dance classes, from Swing to French Folk, I can tell you that that is completely and utterly untrue. Of course there is nothing wrong with the "man leads, woman follows shuffle"-type first dance, but not every wedding involves one man and one woman. And even for those who do, there are many options beyond the traditional first dance…

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11 modern waltzes for your first dance

The first dance is something I'm particularly excited about, but here is the issue — the groom only knows how to waltz in 3/4 time. So here's the deal… I'd like to know your favorite modern songs in 3/4 time, ie, Waltzin' Songs. My groom and I would like something sweet and peppy, and not too "classic." Got any ideas?

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Cindy & Sam's geeky bibliophile wedding

We couldn't resist mentioning the book arch in this gorgeous wedding in recent Monday Montage, and now Cindy's giving us the whole bibliography. Folded paper and piles of books abound from aisle decor to bouquets, and from a custom cardbox to their signature arch — but you're also going to love all the subtle nods to geekery. Book-lovers, get our your library cards and check out all the love!

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Ruben & Joaquin's Mexican Dia de los Muertos wedding

This wedding explodes with color, papel picado, and Dia de los Muertos imagery. But seriously… the best parts are the choreographed ceremony entrance and the amazing choreographed hip hop first dance (that we teased last week!). Don't fret, because there are videos for both that you don't want to miss!

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A hip hop choreographed first dance

We'll be featuring Ruben and Joaquin's wedding next week, but we couldn't wait to show you their amazingly fun hip hop first dance. They start out with Marvin Gaye's "You're All I Need to Get By," but transitioned into the Mary J. Blige and Method Man version! It's too cute to miss.

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Organize a flash mob at your wedding

There's a 50% chance you rolled your eyes when you read the title of this post. Actually, the combination of the phrases "flash mob" and "wedding" probably ups the odds to about 75%. I know. Flash mobs are played out and you're sick of reading about quirky weddings on the internet. But if you're someone who likes dancing, large groups of people, and feeling like a rock star, you should really consider it. Here are my five tips for an easy wedding flash mob.