Secrets from a dance teacher: 6 things you need to know about wedding dance lessons

Many, many (but not all) weddings feature dancing in some fashion. There's the first dance, the parent and child dance, and then there's the reception. That's a lot of dancing! If there's going to be dancing at your wedding, it's a lot more fun if you have some idea of what you're doing. As someone who has professionally taught wedding couples how to dance, as well as gone through my own engagement process (and learning to dance with my fiancé), here are some tips for learning how to dance.


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…


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?


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!