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I know…I know…it’s just dancing.
But this is actually a big part of the day. Literally, all eyes are on you. I know folks that don’t think about it till the wedding day itself, and some stress over it. Lola and I decided we wanted to do something special, and have fun. Something to make sure our guests would not get bored looking at us.
There was just one problem…my 2 year old nephew can dance better than me! I’m a keep it simple, left to right, kind of a guy. Lola on the other hand has been in dance groups, and can probably enter dancing competitions anywhere in the world. Here are some things we quickly decided to do to help
US ME with that special first dance as husband and wife.
Kept the dance short. We felt like people start zoning out after 2 mins of any song (ask any good DJ).
Danced to a couple of songs. Yes. We decided to go with 3 different songs. About a minute each. The songs we selected were up-beat, semi up-beat and a slow one. The favorite was “You’re the one that I want” from the movie Grease.
Communicate with our DJ before the wedding day on what songs we selected. Also, very important, on when to transition the songs. Since we only used about a minute of each song we wanted to make sure he had it right. And since I have two left feet, we were going to practice. Which brings me to the next thing…
Practiced. I’d be honest with you…we didn’t practice till two nights before. We both had crazy schedules leading to the wedding. So that part had me nervous on the wedding day. But I think we pulled it off. Lola gave me a passing grade
Since we are Nigerians, there’s a chance some folks would want to shower us with money while we danced. Believe me…I wanted to be showered with money at any opportunity possible. LOL. But we had our MC announce to folks not to interrupt us during our first dance. There would be many other opportunities for this (as you saw in our wedding video).
Some addtitional tips…
If possible create a back up CD of the music you plan on using. If it’ll be multiple songs, like ours, write down the transition points. Any professional DJ would be prepared, but it doesn’t hurt for you to have a back up.
Last thing I want to say…and I think it’s the most important part. Be into each other when you’re dancing – forget the cameras and your guests. It put me at ease when I was looking at Lola. And I almost forgot people were looking at us.
p.s., all photos by Dotun Ayodeji.
Our first valentine’s day as husband and wife.. yay! Wale is Mr. Valentino so everyday is Valentine’s dayhowever… we still decided to go out for dinner to celebrate the lover’s day.
We had a lovely dinner at Del Frisco’s Grille in DC on valentine’s day. The food was amazing! If you live in DC and have not been there, please try it out sometime soon. We got the specials that they offered that day and hmmm… we can’t wait for our next visit there.
Our church, Jesus House DC hosted a valentine getaway for married couples at a hotel in MD; Pastors Sola & Bimbo Fola- Alade spent some time with us discussing some very important topics related to marriage and then the evening ended with dinner and dancing. It was plenty fun! Pastor Sola also gave Lola one of his amazing books – The Little Things That Can Make a Big Difference in Your Marriage
Remember I posted about my wedding dress earlier on before the wedding when I made my decision. See previous post here – http://www.lolawale.com/2011/11/28/the-dress/
Did my actual dress meet your expectations? I hope so. I absolutely fell in love with the dress once I tried it on. I loved (and still love) the intricate details and the bling; it all worked perfectly for me. The designer was awesome enough to make straps for the dress, which I wore during the ceremony. Thanks to Love Couture Bridal and Stephen Yearick!
Big tip to brides… the last few weeks to your wedding, especially the last week, make sure you consciously eat because the last week tends to be the a bit more stressful than others because you are thinking of one thing or the other and can forget to eat. Or you are so excited and anticipating the wedding and you can get al nervous. I lost 9 pounds the week of my wedding without knowing. Nine pounds!!! It was rather interesting. I really was not stressed out that week but I guess I forgot to eat some meals, lol! I did my last fitting the Monday before the wedding (wedding was on Saturday) and everything was fine. I should have done another fitting on Thursday. I did not realize I had lost weight until I put on my dress the wedding morning and I was like woah! My mum kept telling me I had lost weight but I did not really think I had. All the weight is back though, thankfully!
I wore crinoline (a.k.a. poofy skirt) under my dress but it was a small one that made the lower part of my dress stand and it also accentuated the mermaid style of the dress. If you are a bride to be… depending on the style of your dress, you should consider wearing crinoline. It does make a huge difference.
I loved the detachable straps made for the dress;
The dress did not come with a bustle but the seamstress who did my fitting put some in. The bustle is really to hold up the train on the back of the dress so that it is somewhat easier to walk, dance etc. My dress was quite heavy so the bustle definitely helped.Enjoy your week!