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As you start planning your wedding, you likely have a list of companies you need to contact and places you need to go. You may be feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the things you need to remember. If you haven’t already, though, you may want to add ballroom dance lessons to your list of things you want to do to prepare for your wedding day. There are several reasons to consider including dance lessons as part of your wedding prep.

BONDING

One of the top reasons to take ballroom dance lessons is so you and your partner can bond. Often, couples get so caught up in wedding planning that they fail to really spend quality one-on-one time together. You can think of your ballroom dance lessons as a reward for all the hard work you have put into planning your wedding. While your dance lessons are an opportunity to plan for your first dance together as a couple, this is also a time when you can just have fun together.

Ballroom dance lessons are also a great opportunity to grow closer as a couple. Trust your husband to not drop you during a lift. Come to know each better as you admit your dance insecurities. Laugh together as you make mistakes. Cheer together as you get your dance steps just right.

STRESS RELIEF

While planning a wedding is exciting, it can also be stressful. Luckily, ballroom dance has been shown to be a good form of stress relief. Along with relieving your stress levels, dancing will increase your endorphins, which increases your positive mood. Then, as you leave the dance studio, you can jump right back into wedding planning with increased vigor and determination.

Of course, dancing offers an assortment of other great health benefits, including weight loss, memory boost, and increased energy. A memory boost and increased energy will help you achieve your wedding planning goals. If you stress eat or if you are concerned about fitting into your dream wedding dress, finding an exercise program that is also part of your wedding planning process is a wonderful thing.

CONFIDENCE

Whether you are fine dancing with your friends at a club or you tend to avoid dancing in public at all, you might feel a bit self-conscious about being the center of attention on the dance floor on your wedding day. Ballroom dance lessons are your opportunity to feel more confident about your dance abilities.

One of the best ways to increase your confidence is to ask your dance instructor questions. Are there certain moves that you struggle to do correctly? Your dance teacher can break the moves down, making them easier to understand. Is there a certain dance move you really want to be able to do to impress your wedding guests? Your instructor can help you learn the move, allowing you to feel confident and really demonstrate what you have learned.

CHOREOGRAPHED NUMBER

Maybe one of the best reasons to take ballroom dance lessons prior to your wedding day is so you can create a wonderfully choreographed dance number. Having a choreographed dance may also help with confidence. Instead of just following your husband’s lead, you can know exactly what dance steps to expect, and because you’ve done the dance correctly in the past, you can have the confidence to know that you can do it right on your wedding day.

Creating your own professionally choreographed dance will allow your dance to be something you treasure for years to come. Plus, it will likely be an enjoyable experience for your guests as they cheer for you, especially if your dance lessons and choreographed dance are a surprise for everyone except for you and your spouse.

Of course, your choreographed dance does not need to be the one that you do with your husband. Some brides choose to include their father in dance lessons, which allows the bride and her father to share a special father-daughter experience.

These are just a few of the reasons taking ballroom dance lessons are a great way to prepare for your wedding day. Maybe, the best reason to take ballroom dance lessons before your wedding is simply because they are fun.