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Surprise wedding dances are becoming increasingly popular in the UK, with many going viral on social media. Original, amusing and memorable, a funny first dance is a great way to get your party started, surprising the wedding guests with hilarious dance moves and unexpected song choices.

Couples start their first wedding dance with a slow romantic song, lulling the guests into the idea that they are doing a standard first dance. Just as the song gets going disaster strikes when the music suddenly stops. The couple look confused and disappointed that their wedding dance has been ruined. But then out blasts an unexpected fast and funky song to which they bust some crazy, over-the-top, high octane moves. The change of the music and dance style surprises the wedding guests who cheer and laugh.

The best funny wedding dances have excellent choreography, timing and confidence. So we advise that you book either four or six sessions, being our Polished To Perfection and Wow Your Wedding packages. You can read more about all our packages of wedding dance lessons which are available in all UK locations.

Erin and Indy were delighted with the funny wedding dance we choreographed for them. Here's Erin's first dance story...

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The best moment was when Indy spun and dipped me, perfectly in time. We kissed whilst everyone went wild!

"I surprised the guests by changing from my wedding dress into my beautiful Indian sari. We started our first dance with 'Especially For You' by Kylie and Jason by shuffling around, looking a little bit embarrassed. Suddenly the music screeched to a halt, causing the guests to look around in confusion, whilst together with our DJ we pretended to look horrified. Then the intro to our Indian bangra song kicked in, the beat dropped and we began our amazing choreographed routine. Our guests shock quickly changed to whoops and cheers! We finished our 'choreographed bit' halfway through the record to allow everyone to join us on the dance floor - we had thought everyone would need some persuasion to join us, but it was a dance floor invasion! Everyone from grannies to toddlers piled on all getting down with bangra moves. Utterly brilliant!"

Many thanks to My Wedding Dance Coach in Denver, USA for sharing their fabulous Michael Jackson-esque image.

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How to do a Funny Wedding Dance

Part 1 - The start
Any slow, romantic song works for the first part of the dance, as you are lulling your wedding guests into thinking it is just a normal first dance. This is an opportunity to choose a song that is meaningful to you as a couple.

Part 2 - The middle - Surprise!
For the best effect choose a song that clashes with your first song. Choose something that no one would expect but make sure you really like the song too. In this section you can either dance to either one song or several.

Part 3 - The end
Go back to the song you danced to in Part 1, as this creates a dream sequence, in a 'did that really happen' sort of way. You can start the music where you ended Part 1, or a point of the song near the end, but don't start the music from the beginning again as the humour won't be as effective.

Choosing Songs
You will need to choose at least two songs, one slow & romantic, the other upbeat and unexpected. The most common misconception is that these two songs need to 'go together', actually it works best when the songs clash.

Mixing Music
It works best when the songs are mixed or edited to be one track, ensuring perfect timing, plus you can practice and rehearse to your music. We advise against DJs manually switching tracks as it will take too long, creating a pause that will give the impression the dance is over, which will be awkward when you eventually do start dancing again. If you would like your music mixed by a professional Wedding Dance Mix are fantastic.