I read an article a while ago, which suggested that out of 1,500 newly-weds surveyed 22% now choreograph their own wedding dances and that 15% of them are so proud of it they would share it with the world on YouTube.
The new trend coincides with a popularity in dancing shows like Strictly Come Dancing, Stepping Out and Got to Dance.
First dance songs have evolved along with the dance too, and although 8% of those surveyed had their first dance to a romantic slow jam, ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’ by Savage Garden, songs like Abba’s ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘What is Love’ by Haddaway also proved popular choices.
One of the couples in the article danced to ‘I’ve Had the Time of my Life’ from the film, Dirty Dancing, they watched the dance in the film, picked the main bits from it, plus filled up some gaps by choreographing those themselves.
So what inspired the couple to do a routine like this? “We were having trouble finding a song that we both liked that was actually a ‘love song’. I knew I wanted a song that was pretty well known, so that when we are listening to the radio in the future, it might come on and spark happy memories of the day.” “Everyone remembers it as our song, so at Christmas dos, and other weddings we’ve attended, someone always ends up requesting it and goading us into recreating the routine!” “It’s great!”