First Wedding Dance Etiquette: Navigating the Dance Floor with Grace

Wedding First Dance

Photographer:@foyandco_/weddings

The first wedding dance is a magical moment that signifies the union of two souls in love. It’s a time when newlyweds take to the dance floor to celebrate their commitment in front of their family and friends. While the dance itself is a beautiful and heartfelt expression of love, it’s essential to navigate the dance floor with grace and adhere to certain wedding dance etiquette. In this article, we will explore the dos and don’ts of first wedding dance etiquette , ensuring that you and your partner glide smoothly through this memorable moment.

Selecting the Right Song

The first step in ensuring a graceful first wedding dance is choosing the perfect song. The song you select should hold special meaning for you as a couple, reflecting your love story and your journey together. It’s essential that both you and your partner resonate with the chosen song. Additionally, consider the tempo and lyrics of the song. It should be a piece of music that allows for graceful movements and emotional expression.

Dance Style and Dance Lessons

Select a dance style that suits your personalities and the atmosphere of your wedding. Common choices include the classic waltz, a romantic slow dance, or a more energetic and upbeat dance style like the foxtrot or swing. Once you’ve chosen your style, consider taking dance lessons to perfect your moves. Professional dance lessons can provide you with the confidence and skills to dance with grace and elegance. These lessons will not only help you navigate the dance floor with grace but also provide a unique bonding experience as a couple.

Timing and Choreography

Work with your dance instructor to perfect the timing of your dance. The dance should have a natural flow and not feel rushed or forced. Choreograph the dance to have a well-defined beginning and ending, incorporating movements that feel comfortable and authentic. Practice the choreography until it becomes second nature, ensuring that you can dance with grace and poise. This preparation will not only make your first dance look graceful but also help you feel at ease on the dance floor.

Dance in Comfortable Attire

Select wedding attire that allows you to move comfortably on the dance floor. Wedding gowns should be fitted in a way that allows you to move your legs freely, while grooms should ensure that their suits or tuxedos don’t restrict their movements. If your attire is particularly formal, consider having a second, more comfortable outfit for the reception. This way, you can dance with ease while still enjoying the elegance of your wedding attire during the ceremony. Wearing comfortable attire ensures that you can navigate the dance floor with grace and ease.

First Wedding Dance

Photographer:@foyandco_/weddings

Communicate with Your Partner

Dancing gracefully as a couple requires communication and cooperation. During the dance, maintain eye contact with your partner. This connection not only adds to the romance of the moment but also helps with coordination and balance. Nonverbal cues and subtle gestures can help guide your movements and create an elegant and harmonious dance. Effective communication with your partner ensures that you navigate the dance floor with grace and synchronicity.

Include Your Guests

After the initial part of your first dance, consider inviting your guests to join you on the dance floor. The act of inviting others to dance with you can be a lovely way to transition from the formalities of the first dance to the lively celebration of the wedding reception. Make your guests feel included and part of the celebration as you dance with grace and joy. Including your guests in this way adds an extra layer of charm to your wedding dance and helps to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Dance Floor Etiquette

While dancing, be mindful of the dance floor etiquette. Avoid stepping on the train of your wedding gown or tripping on a too-long veil. Grooms should ensure that their movements don’t lead to any wardrobe malfunctions. It’s also important to be aware of the space around you and avoid bumping into other couples on the dance floor. Gracefully navigate the space with respect and consideration. Adhering to dance floor etiquette ensures that you and your partner dance with grace while maintaining a considerate and elegant presence.

Practice and Confidence

The key to a graceful first wedding dance is practice and confidence. Rehearse your dance routine until you and your partner are comfortable with the moves. This practice will not only make your dance look polished but also help alleviate any nervousness. The more confident you feel on the dance floor, the more gracefully you’ll move. Building confidence through practice is essential in ensuring that you navigate the dance floor with grace and self-assuredness.

Capture the Moment

Work with your photographer and videographer to ensure they capture your first dance beautifully. Discuss lighting and any specific shots you want to include in your wedding album or video. This documentation will allow you to relive the graceful moments of your first dance for years to come. The captured moments not only serve as a testament to your graceful dance but also as a way to cherish the elegance and beauty of the moment.

Be Present

Above all, be present in the moment. Your first wedding dance is a time to connect with your partner, express your love, and celebrate the beginning of your life together. Dance with grace and poise, but also dance with your heart. Embrace the magic of the moment, and let your love shine through. These moments of presence and connection not only make your first dance graceful but also imbue it with a profound sense of meaning and emotion.

Conclusion

Angela and Norman's First Dance

Photographer: @sydneyweddingphotographybykatsu.com.au

The first wedding dance is a poignant and cherished tradition, a symbol of love and commitment. To navigate the dance floor with grace, it’s crucial to choose the right song, learn the appropriate dance style, practice your choreography, and communicate with your partner. Be mindful of dance floor etiquette, choose comfortable attire, and include your guests in the celebration. With practice and confidence, you can dance with grace and poise, creating a memorable and beautiful moment that will be treasured for a lifetime. So, when the music starts playing, take your partner’s hand, step onto the dance floor, and let the grace of your love shine through in every move.

The first dance is more than just a tradition; it’s an opportunity to showcase the love and connection you share with your partner. As you glide across the dance floor, remember that you’re not only dancing for your guests but for each other. This moment is a testament to your love and the commitment you’ve made to each other. The graceful, elegant, and well-coordinated dance reflects the harmony and understanding you have as a couple, and it’s a memory that will stay with you throughout your journey together.

Wedding Photographer Acknowledgements

Foy and Co Photography, Videography & Elopements 

Sydney Wedding Photography by Katsu

 

 

Paperwork/Legals Only Weddings

Paperwork/Legals only weddings  are becoming an increasingly popular option for couples who want a quick and simple way to get married. These types of weddings focus solely on the legal requirements of getting married, without any added frills or traditional ceremonies.

What are Paperwork/Legals Only Weddings?

Legals Only Wedding ... Just married

Paperwork/Legals only weddings are essentially a stripped-down version of a traditional wedding. They involve completing all the legal requirements for getting married, such as signing the marriage certificate and having it witnessed by an authorized person and two witnesses. This means that there is no formal ceremony or exchange of personal vows. There is a brief “ceremony” where mandatory sentences are shared by the Celebrant and the couple.

Why Choose a Paperwork/Legals Only Wedding?

There are several reasons why couples may opt for a Paperwork/Legals only wedding.

Legals Only Wedding Celebration

For some, Legals only marriages are often chosen by couples looking to get married as soon as possible without the expense of a traditional wedding ceremony. This may be due to a variety of reasons, including:

  • formalising a couple’s relationship prior to moving overseas
  • preferring to be married prior to the birth of a child
  • avoiding the expense of a bigger celebration
  • preferring a more intimate and low-key approach to getting married
  • to be legally married prior to an overseas celebration or traditional cultural celebration at another place and time
Preparing for a Paperwork/Legals Only Wedding

A Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) needs to be completed and lodged with your Celebrant at least one month before the ceremony. You will also need to provide proof of identity (a Passport will cover this) and any other documentation such as proof of divorce or death of a previous spouse.
Prior to your legals only ceremony a Declaration of No Impediment to Marriage must be signed to indicate you are consenting to marry of your own free will and you are legally entitled to marry.

What to Expect

As mentioned, legals only weddings do not involve any traditional ceremonies or exchanging of vows. The focus is solely on completing the legal requirements for marriage. This means that the ceremony itself will be quite short and simple.
During the legals only ceremony, you will be required to sign three marriage certificates in the presence of the Celebrant and two witnesses. All documents are then submitted for legal registration to Births Deaths and Marriages in the State of Australia where you are marrying.

Choosing Michael Janz as your Legals Only Celebrant

When planning a Legals only wedding, it is important to choose a celebrant who is authorized to perform marriages in your location. Couples should also consider a celebrant who specializes in Legals only weddings, such as Michael Janz. Michael will ensure you feel comfortable with his warm but professional demeanor.

Michael has extensive experience in conducting legals only weddings and can guide couples through the process with ease. He can also provide witnesses, as necessary for a small additional fee. Michael is dedicated to ensuring that your legals only wedding runs smoothly and stress-free. Michael can conduct ceremonies in his home office and is able to provide onsite parking for the ceremony. If you prefer, Michael can also travel to a location of your choice for the ceremony.

Conclusion

Paperwork/Legals only weddings may not have all the traditional elements of a traditional wedding, but they offer an efficient and cost-effective option for couples who are looking to marry with minimal fuss. They are a great option for couples who want to complete the legal requirements of marriage before celebrating with a larger, more traditional ceremony at another location. By choosing an experienced celebrant like Michael Janz, you can have peace of mind knowing that all legalities will be carried out in a professional and timely manner.

 

Elope in Sydney

Elope in Sydney provides you with a customized service for your intimate ceremony or small destination ceremony in the greater Sydney area.

Our packages are designed to allow you to build a unique wedding that focuses on your individual requirements to make your wedding a special one.

Elope in Sydney  packages are from Monday – Thursday (Weekend packages may be available on request)

Packages commence at $1995.00.

Elopement packages include the following:

MARRIAGE CELEBRANT, ELOPE IN SYDNEY … services provided by Michael Janz Celebrant

Sydney Marriage Celebrant, Michael Janz prides himself on creating beautiful weddings that are unique to every couple. From your very first meeting right up until your wedding day, you will feel completely at ease as Michael crafts the perfect ceremony for you.

• A no- obligation initial meeting.
• Guidance and support in writing your personalized ceremony and vows.• Wedding Ceremony Resource Kit, including ideas and options to assist you.
• Unlimited communication in the planning and lead up to the Ceremony.
• A unique and personalized Ceremony in line with your wishes.
• Delivery of your Ceremony on the day in a professional, warm, and personal manner.
• High quality P.A. system and microphone so that all guests can hear the Ceremony and any music required during it.
• Completion of all legal documentation and application for the supply and postage of your Marriage Certificate from NSW Births Deaths and Marriages.

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY, ELOPE IN SYDNEY  … provided by Adriana Samanez Photographer

Adriana Samanez, is a Wedding and Destination Wedding Photographer whose pictures tell a thousand words. Adriana has shot amazing weddings across the globe and is now offering her talents to couples eloping in Sydney.


• Initial consultation to get to know about you as a couple and your wedding.

• Two hours of photographic coverage of your wedding day including the Ceremony, family/ witness photos and a small “just married” session with the newlyweds.
• A slide show set to music which encompasses your story together and creates a beautiful memory of the day.

 

 

WEDDING STYLING, ELOPE IN SYDNEY … Options provided by Lovesick Weddings

Lovesick Weddings offers effortless & affordable ceremony designs in Sydney.

Elope in Sydney offers the following Styling Packages in addition to the included Marriage Celebrant and Photography.

ELOPE IN SYDNEY STYLING PACKAGE 1: additional $510.00

• 12 White Padded Chairs Classic
• Signing Table with white linen plus two chairs
• Aisle runner – seagrass runner or fresh rose petals
• Price includes set up, pack-up, delivery and GST.
• (A choice of Wedding Arches and Florals is available at an additional fee).

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ELOPE IN SYDNEY STYLING PACKAGE 2: Additional $760.00

• 24 White Padded Chairs
• Choice of Any Arch
• Classic Signing Table with white linen plus two chairs

• Aisle runner – seagrass runner or fresh rose petals

• Price includes set up, pack-up, delivery and GST.

ADD ON EXTRA FURNITURE OR DECORATIONS ARE AVAILABLE …

Sydney Harbour Bridge backdrop with Elope in SydneyA rustic backdrop with Elope in SydneyWater views for your wedding ceremony with Elope in Sydney

ELOPE IN SYDNEY LOCATIONS

If you live in Sydney, the Elope in Sydney team  can come to your house or unit and stage your Ceremony there!

If you are planning to stay in a Sydney hotel or resort, then we can come to your room or alternatively stage your Ceremony in the hotel or resort grounds. (with permission).
There are so many beautiful places to get married in Sydney that it can be hard to choose a location.
We can help you with a few of our favourite elopement wedding spots.
It is important to note that many parks in Sydney require permission to host a wedding ceremony including a booking through a local Council or Trust and booking fee. This ensures your privacy and access to your special spot on the day.

Click here to Contact Elope in Sydney to create your dream wedding without breaking the bank … 

Phone: Michael Janz Celebrant on 04411 420 918

Legal Only Weddings in Sydney

Want an intimate wedding without all the fuss of a traditional big wedding?

Legals Only Weddings in Sydney (aka Paperwork Only Weddings) are increasingly popular for couples who want to be legally married, without the ceremony, without possible drama or expense of a typical more elaborate wedding with witnesses only attending.

Want a no fuss, no stress inexpensive wedding?

Legals Only weddings are ideal for couples who don’t have the time, money or desire to have an elaborate ceremony. They are perfect for a couple who plan to celebrate at another time or place with family and friends. The beauty of these weddings is that they are cost-effective and stress-free – leaving more time to think about other important details such as your honeymoon destination!

What is a Legals Only Wedding?

This blog post, explores what  constitutes a Legals Only Wedding, legal requirements and why some couples might consider it as their ultimate solution. Read on and find out how to make your dream day still special but with much less hassle and cost.

Elena and Brian Wedding with Sydney Celebrant Michael Janz

Elena and Brian Signing their Marriage Certificates

 7 steps of a Legals Only Wedding:
Get started for a Legals Only Wedding

1. Firstly speak to an Authorised Marriage Celebrant who you connect with and is skilled in conducting Legals Only Wedding. Make a booking for your Legals Only Wedding.

2. Secondly your Marriage Celebrant will provide assistance to help you complete your Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM). Your Celebrant will provide the NOIM for you to complete prior to it being signed and witnessed.

3. Email the “Notice of Intended Marriage” (NOIM) to your Celebrant who will enter your information into the NSW Births, Deaths and Marriages Portal. Your Celebrant will send the document to you  for checking.

Set up a Face to Face or Online Meeting

4. Arrange a time to sign the  “Notice of Intended Marriage” (NOIM) with your Celebrant as your authorised witness. This must be done no later than a month before your planned wedding date. This can be face to face, or in 2023 only, online with Zoom or similar.
a. Your Celebrant verifies your identities. Typically, your Passport/s OR Drivers Licence AND Birth Certificate will satisfy the requirements.
b. If you have been  married before, your Celebrant needs to view evidence of your Court divorce document or evidence of your last spouse’s death i.e. Death Certificate.

5. During the meeting the Celebrant provides you with a document, “Happily Ever … Before and After…Information for a couple planning to marry”.
a. Details of the legal wording that must be said by the Celebrant (3 sentences) and both partners (1 sentence each) are discussed. Furthermore you can discuss any other elements you would like to include in your Legals Only Wedding e.g. exchanging rings or sharing personal vows.
b. Additionally you will be provided with information about the other documents that need to be signed.

Your Legals Only Wedding Ceremony

6. A month or more after your Notice of Intended Marriage is lodged with your Marriage Celebrant your Legals Only ceremony can be held. The ‘Declaration of no legal impediment to marriage’ will be signed prior to the ceremony. Signing the Declaration, you declare that you are of marriageable age, and that there is no legal impediment to your marriage. In addition  to the legal words which will be said,  3 Marriage Certificates will be signed  and witnessed by 2 people over 18 years old. Generally they are the only guests at a Legals Only wedding. Talk to your Celebrant if you would like others to attend.

After Your Legals Only Wedding in Sydney

7. Finally, your Celebrant will register your marriage with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages and will apply and pay for your Official Marriage Certificate.  It is posted by registered mail to you.

Therefore, if  a Legals Only wedding is for you, contact Sydney Marriage Celebrant Michael Janz for a stress-free paperwork only wedding. Michael is happy to host  face to face meetings and also the ceremony with you and 2 witnesses at his Randwick home office. Importantly talk to Michael Janz Celebrant about other places you may like to hold your Legals only wedding ceremony.

It’s time to book your wedding for 2024 and 2025

Now is a great time to book your wedding for late 2023 and 2024. If you are thinking of getting married, don’t delay your wedding plans any longer.  To have a choice with popular venues, photographers and Celebrants…now is the right time. As a result of Covid19, wedding vendors are rapidly filling for 2024 and 2025.

If it’s time to book your wedding for 2024 and 2025, what’s next?

You need a plan!

It's time to book your wedding

Getting married is an exciting, wonderful time! However, without effective planning and coordination, it can be a stressful, overwhelming exercise. Developing your own Wedding Planning Checklist will make the planning process smoother. Think of your wedding as an important project.

Your planning needs to:

Identify how you want your wedding to look and feel before you book.

What you must have at your wedding? What’s the most important aspect of your wedding day? What do you want to remember most about your wedding day? Is there a wedding theme you want to reflect? Is it a traditional/classic wedding or elegant/contemporary or vintage or a romantic vineyard or rustic or on the beach or bohemian or just simple with no frills?

Identify a realistic budget prior to booking.

When it’s time to book your wedding for 2024/25, make sure you know the answers to to these questions. Who is funding the wedding? Do you understand the realistic costs of all the elements of your dream wedding? Are you aware you can save funds by considering dates, times that aren’t the highly in demand?

Identify the vendors you need .

Nowadays, venues, photographers and celebrants can be booked out years in advance. Consequently, booking these suppliers early is extremely wise.

Develop a timeframe.

A timeframe outlines the key steps and likely timings to make sure you enjoy your special day and create a celebration that you look back on with a smile on your face. It’s time to book your wedding for 2024 and 2025!

When it’s time to book your wedding, don’t re-invent the wheel. There are lots of free checklists available. Find a comprehensive wedding planning checklist to get a feel for things you need to do and when you should do them. You can download one here.

Here a few more reasons why it’s time to book your wedding for 2024 and 2025…

  • You can secure your preferred date and venue before they get booked by other couples. This is especially important if you want to get married on a popular or auspicious date.
  •  Deals from vendors and suppliers, such as photographers, caterers, florists, and DJs. You may also be able to lock in the current prices and avoid future inflation or surcharges.
  • You can have more time to plan and prepare for your big day, without feeling rushed or stressed. You can also enjoy the anticipation and excitement of counting down to your wedding date.
  • You can give your guests more notice and time to arrange their travel and accommodation, especially if you are having a destination wedding or inviting people from overseas. You can also send out your save-the-dates and invitations earlier and get more RSVPs.
  • You can avoid potential conflicts or complications with other events or holidays that may affect your wedding plans, such as religious and cultural holidays, days of remembrance, major sporting events, or unlucky dates.

 

How to Choose a Celebrant

Tamborine wedding venues

Tamborine wedding venues are  so close to Brisbane and the Gold Coast. As a Marriage Celebrant, I really enjoy marrying couples in  these delightful Mount Tamborine wedding venues. With all popular venues, don’t leave your decision too late or you’ll miss your preferred date.

Here’s several venues I enjoy visiting as a Marriage Celebrant at Tamborine:

Tamborine wedding venue: St Bernards over looking spectacular views

Tamborine wedding venue: Cedar Creek Estate Chapel with
Deb and Paulo’s Wedding Day with me, Michael Janz Celebrant

Cedar Creek Estate 

Cedar Creek Estate is a beautiful Tamborine venue for  your wedding ceremony and reception.

Choose a delightful wedding chapel adjacent to a lake or in the manicured gardens or Arbor for your wedding ceremony. There are plenty of perfect garden settings for you to  say, “I do”.

Several reception options are available for intimate celebrations through to up to 120 guests.

You’ll be assisted by a highly experienced wedding coordinator. I’m always happy to help as your Tamborine Wedding Celebrant.

St Bernards Hotel

St Bernards is an historic venue of Tamborine Mountain. Day visitors are impressed by the stunning views.  However, the stunning garden wedding setting is a wonderful surprise.

The hotel is set in beautiful rainforest gardens. The breath-taking views of the hinterland and Gold Coast are a great  backdrop for your wedding ceremony.

Receptions can be held a few steps away from the Ceremony. Choose from  either  The Grand Marquee or Siganto Room.

An experienced wedding coordinator will help your wedding day go off without a hitch. 

I’m always happy to help a no extra charge as your Tamborine Wedding Celebrant.

St Bernards  offers the Bride and bridal party a new luxurious lodge.  Edges has 3 double rooms.  What a great way to  enjoy the night and  your wedding night! Check out Edges.

Tamborine wedding venue: St Bernards over looking spectacular views

Tamborine wedding venue: St Bernards over looking spectacular views

The Old Church

Tamborine wedding venue: The Old Church

Tamborine wedding venue: The Old Church

The Old Church offers both a charming Chapel as well as well-established gardens on a 2 acre property to celebrate your wedding day.


Dating from the early 1900s, the Old Church seats 60 people. It has been kept in excellent condition. The fabulous, well established garden have several options for an outdoor ceremony.


The adjacent Old Church Restaurant can seat 90 guests. I had the pleasure attending a reception as a couple’s Tamborine Wedding Celebrant. The food, service and wines were fabulous.

It is walking distance from several accommodation options.  Mount Tamborine has limited public transport options. As a result its important to pre-plan transport for guest at Tamborine wedding venues.

Pethers Rainforest Retreat

Pethers Rainforest Retreat is set in a superb rainforest setting. This is an ideal setting for elopement style or intimate weddings of up to 70 people.
There are 10 individual and private tree houses.

The balcony of a private treehouse can be an intimate setting for an elopement style wedding ceremony. It is gorgeous and private Tamborine wedding venue.


The newly created Wedding Garden features a manicured lawn and wedding gazebo.  It comes complete with red carpet and white fold out chairs. This area is enveloped by a rainforest.  It is a perfect place for your wedding ceremony with a larger group of guests. Other ceremony options include the balcony of the Main Lodge or beside their pond and water fountain.


The stunning restaurant can cater for a reception up to 70 people banquet style or up to 100 people cocktail style.


The onsite Event Manager can assist you celebrate your wedding.

Other Mount Tamborine wedding venues worth checking out:

Albert River Wines nestled at the base of Tamborine Mountain. It has multiple ceremony venues and 3 reception venues. 

Cedar Creek Lodges can host your ceremony, reception, wedding party and guest accommodation in one rainforest Tamborine wedding venue. 

Hampton Estate Wines(previously Heritage Wines) is surrounded  by beauty of the landscape, mountain views,and the history of its majestic old building.

Tamborine Mountain Garden Weddings is home to magical gardens, comfortable cottage accommodation, stunning reception centres and friendly staff.

There are many more terrific Mountain Wedding venues, feel free to share the details.
If you’re looking for a Tamborine Marriage Celebrant, contact me, Michael Janz Celebrant.

Prerston Peak Toowoomba Sunset Wedding Picture with Brisbane Celebrant

Are you planning a video of your wedding?

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Brisbane Botonical Gardens Wedding with Brisbane Celebrant

Wedding Music Ideas

There are so things to consider when planning a wedding! As a Celebrant, I find most couples like to have music at the beginning, when the signing is taking place and at the end (recessional). I provide recorded music and a separate sound system with copyright protection as part of my service. Here are a wide range of ideas.

General

All of Me by John Legend
Amazed by Lonestar
Annie’s Song by John Denver
At Last by Etta James
A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
Best Part of Me by Busby Marou
Better Together by Jack Johnson
Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley
Come Away with Me by Norah Jones
Dog Days are Over by Florence and the Machine
Everything by Michael Buble
Everything is Awesome by Tegan and Sarah

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