Strictly-style choreographed wedding routines on the rise

15 Sep 2014

Strictly-style choreographed wedding routines on the rise

The words ‘first dance’ used to conjur up images of a slow shuffle round the dancefloor but these days it’s more likely to be a riotous, choreographed number, says research conducted by QHotels

Choreographed dance routines are making their way into the bride and groom’s first dance, according to research carried out by QHotels, who surveyed a total of 1,500 newlyweds earlier this year*.

QHotels have found that 22% of Brits now choreographed a special first wedding dance, while 15% of these uploaded the dance to YouTube, since they were so proud of it. This trend, having originated in the USA, is becoming increasingly popular within the UK. McFly’s Harry Judd can be cited as a key influence here, having uploaded his choreographed first wedding dance to YouTube.

The new trend coincides with the rise in popularity of dancing shows such as Strictly Come Dancing, Stepping Out and Got To Dance. It could be argued that couples are keen to show off both physical and emotional compatibility to their family and friends. What better way to demonstrate physical compatibility than a perfectly synched first dance?


Interestingly, the choices have evolved when it comes to newlyweds selecting the song for their first dance. While 8% of those surveyed had their first dance to a romantic slow jam, options as diverse as Truly, Madly, Deeply by Savage Garden, Dancing Queen by Abba What is Love by Haddaway also cropped up in the report.


Mathew and Elli Gooding married in Essex and they danced to I've had the Time of my Life from the film Dirty Dancing. They chose to follow the dance routine within the film, while adding in some further choreographed elements. Practising in their living room, the couple said of their experience: “While planning the wedding, we were having trouble finding a song that we both liked, that was a 'love song' (a lot of the music we both share an interest in, we found sang about something not really appropriate for a wedding). I [Elli] knew I wanted a song that was pretty well known, so that when listening to the radio it may come on every now and then, which would and does trigger this lovely memory of our special day, and with this being so iconic we do occasionally hear it, and it has been played at quite spontaneous moments, which is nice.”


James and Sophie Daniels married in the Midlands and they danced to Your Love gets Sweeter Every Day, by Finley Quaye. Interestingly, the mother of the groom choreographed the routine, since she runs her own dance school. The couple rated the whole experience as “great fun” and “something we can show the grandkids and be proud of for many years to come.”


Claire Rowland, Marketing Director for QHotels, commented: “Every bride and groom wants their wedding to stand out and be personal to them, and the first dance is no exception. A traditional slow dance to a classic romantic ballad does not suit everyone and we encourage all couples to express themselves and celebrate their individuality, as at QHotels, we do not believe in a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to weddings. Today’s couples are opting for performance-quality, Strictly-style routines that are unique and memorable instead of simply sentimental.”



*Survey conducted with Onepoll in July 2014, across 1,500 newlyweds, married within the last five years.


QHotels has 21 beautiful, four star hotels across the UK, in a variety of countryside and city locations,    



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