Dance Etiquette

Everyone knows a wedding’s first dance belongs to the couple, but what about the rest of the dances? Is there a dance etiquette for brides and grooms to follow? When you’re having a wedding in a Cheshire country house, getting the etiquette right adds to the day’s grandeur. Here is everything you need to know about dance etiquette on your wedding day.

The First Dance

Everyone knows the first dance belongs to the bride and groom. As this can be a nervous moment, with everyone watching and filming, it’s something couples practice beforehand. After all, practice makes perfect. 

Traditionally, this dance begins with the wedding party watching the couple either for the whole dance or just part of it. If you want the latter, let key people know so they can join you at the right time.Parents of the Bride and Groom

After this first dance, it’s traditional for the bride to dance with her father while the groom dances with the bride’s mother. Then it is the turn of the groom’s parents to dance with the married couple.Groomsmen and Bridesmaids

Next it’s time the other members of the bridal party to dance with the couple. The groomsmen dance with the bride, starting with the best man, while the groom dances with the bridesmaids. Of course, depending on the size of the bridal party, you might want to restrict this just to the best man and chief bridesmaid, or you could spend the whole night dancing away from your partner.

The way to make this run smoothly is to inform the guests so they know what is expected. This way, you’re not left standing on the dance floor because the groom’s father is at the bar or in the bathroom.

Of course, these are all guidelines, and it may not be possible to follow this to the letter especially if you have a blended family. Go with the flow and use the bits that work for your family.


There are changes you can make to shake up your dances, even in a formal setting. A fun choreographed dance from the bride and groom is a popular choice. The dance starts as something expected and then merges with a hip-hop song and becomes something else.

You could also incorporate a flash mob with the other bridal party members for something truly unique and memorable, and it will be a great way to encourage other people on the dance floor too.


Why not take a look at our other wedding blogs for more inspiration!