Cincinnati Wedding Advice – Put the First Dance First!

Time for some more Cincinnati Wedding advice! Tuesday Tips are ideas (and tips) that I’ve developed after years of photographing weddings. These are my opinions, but things that I think most brides & grooms have found helpful through the years.

The Grand Entrance 

There are lots of different ways to lay out your wedding day and they all will differ. One thing I’ve found that always seems to work smoothly (and I touched on this briefly in a previous #tuesdaytip) is doing your first dance immediately upon being announced at your reception.

DJ: “Ladies and gentleman, introducing for the first time, Mr. and Mrs.!….”. You make your grand entrance and go right into your first dance.

Doing this greatly increases the odds of people paying attention to your first dance. I know that may sound harsh because, “It’s our wedding, what else would they be paying attention to!?” But when you do your first dance after dinner, that means very likely your guests have now been throwing drinks back for several hours and are in the, ‘party mood’. I find that pictures of first dances that are done after dinner often result in images with empty seats and guests milling around in the background (in line at the bar), and in general not paying attention.

In contrast, when you go right into your first dance after being introduced, where else would people’s attention be!? The DJ has just asked everyone to take their seats for the introductions, which ensures that not only will your guests not be up and walking around (or in line at the bar), but you’ll see guests in your images behind you, with their attention focused on you two.

The Second Shooter

Doing your first dance at the very beginning of your reception also increases the likelihood that you will have a second photographer still shooting during this time. This is of course dependent on the package you book with your photographer. It’s always nice to have that second angle they can provide of not only your first dance, but also of family and friends looking on. If your first dance is a couple hours after your reception starts, there is a higher likelihood that the second shooter’s night will be over by then.

All of the above can also apply to dances with parents and speeches as well! I’ve had several brides do all of these immediately, which ensures all of the above.

So when you’re putting together your wedding day timeline with your wedding planner or photographer, think about the importance of your first dance and how best to capture it on your big day!

In case you missed out on some of our previous Cincinnati wedding advice, you can still catch up: ‘Unplug Your Wedding‘, ‘Don’t Worry About the Weather‘ and ‘Enjoy Your Wedding Photographer‘ are just a few! Click on the category ‘Wedding Tips’ to catch up on them all!

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Time for some more Cincinnati Wedding advice! Tuesday Tips are ideas (and tips) that I’ve developed after years of photographing weddings. These are my opinions, but things that I think most brides & grooms have found helpful through the years.

The Grand Entrance 

There are lots of different ways to lay out your wedding day and they all will differ. One thing I’ve found that always seems to work smoothly (and I touched on this briefly in a previous #tuesdaytip) is doing your first dance immediately upon being announced at your reception.

DJ: “Ladies and gentleman, introducing for the first time, Mr. and Mrs.!….”. You make your grand entrance and go right into your first dance.

Doing this greatly increases the odds of people paying attention to your first dance. I know that may sound harsh because, “It’s our wedding, what else would they be paying attention to!?” But when you do your first dance after dinner, that means very likely your guests have now been throwing drinks back for several hours and are in the, ‘party mood’. I find that pictures of first dances that are done after dinner often result in images with empty seats and guests milling around in the background (in line at the bar), and in general not paying attention.

In contrast, when you go right into your first dance after being introduced, where else would people’s attention be!? The DJ has just asked everyone to take their seats for the introductions, which ensures that not only will your guests not be up and walking around (or in line at the bar), but you’ll see guests in your images behind you, with their attention focused on you two.

The Second Shooter

Doing your first dance at the very beginning of your reception also increases the likelihood that you will have a second photographer still shooting during this time. This is of course dependent on the package you book with your photographer. It’s always nice to have that second angle they can provide of not only your first dance, but also of family and friends looking on. If your first dance is a couple hours after your reception starts, there is a higher likelihood that the second shooter’s night will be over by then.

All of the above can also apply to dances with parents and speeches as well! I’ve had several brides do all of these immediately, which ensures all of the above.

So when you’re putting together your wedding day timeline with your wedding planner or photographer, think about the importance of your first dance and how best to capture it on your big day!

In case you missed out on some of our previous Cincinnati wedding advice, you can still catch up: ‘Unplug Your Wedding‘, ‘Don’t Worry About the Weather‘ and ‘Enjoy Your Wedding Photographer‘ are just a few! Click on the category ‘Wedding Tips’ to catch up on them all!

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