Imagine it's your honeymoon and everything from the flight to the hotel is upgraded without you expecting it. Think of the rush of adrenaline, the stories you'd tell, and all with something that wasn't even expected.
Nothing against paying in advance for first class, but a surprise upgrade is like winning an award you didn't even know you were nominated for... which is pretty freaking great.
So let's take a look at this when it comes to dancing, shall we? Specifically, the perks and unexpected "boom, upgrade" moments when you learn to dance for your wedding.
5 Instant Wedding Upgrades from Dance Lessons
1. Level Up Your Reception
Your first dance is the expected perk but the reception is your unexpected upgrade.
Here's the deal: After the ceremony, you have to throw a killer party. But imagine what that party could be like if, outside of your first dance, you're still stuck at 12th grade level dance skills?
All You Need: Easy and versatile dances like the Merengue, Swing, and Rumba will set the tone for your reception and are easy enough to dance with your parents. Or you can wait until your crazy uncle drinks enough to do his famous disco dancing.
Bottom Line: Easy dances make for an easy wedding reception upgrade.
2. Father/Daughter, Mother/Son Time
The parent dances are an expected part of any wedding reception and shouldn't be overlooked.
Here's the Deal: A wedding isn't something where you leave things up to chance. You probably aren't doing that with your cake, flowers, venue or... future spouse. So let's not do that to Mom, Dad or your future in-laws (or you'll never hear the end of it).
All You Need: A couple of lessons. That's it. With a couple of lessons you get the unexpected perk of your parents and in-laws celebrating your classy move to take a few dance lessons together. Not only will you give them a chance to learn a step or two, it will give you a chance to have some quality time without all the chaos.
Bottom Line: A move like this makes you even on all homemade coupon books for car washes and yard work you never delivered on as a kid.
3. Destress Your Planning
Unfortunately, there's an instant association between wedding planning and stress. It's as unavoidable as, say, your maid of honor and tissues.
Here's the Deal: Studies show that dancing reduces stress. Because it is activating your body and mind, not to mention keeping you in very close proximity to your fiance, you won't have any mental hard drive space for stress.
All You Need: While your dance lessons are, technically speaking, part of your "wedding planning", all you need to do is start thinking of them as:
- Regular date nights
- Wedding plan detox sessions
Bottom Line: Your dance lessons will reduce, or eliminate, the stress of planning your wedding.
4. Burn Calories
Speaking of reducing things... did you know that a ballroom dance lesson is great exercise?
Here's the Deal: You can burn up to 300-500 calories per visit. If that isn't an unexpected perk, you might be hard-pressed to find a better one. Ballroom dancing is fun, creative, and engaging. When you're dancing, your body doesn't feel like it is exercising... so you'll do it longer. There probably isn't a single piece of gym equipment out there that can say the same thing.
All You Need: Dance lessons and calories you'd like to donate.
Bottom Line: Cancel the crash diet and schedule your calorie crushing dance lessons.
5. Your Vows
Don't freak out... but you're going to make an extra set of vows.
Here's the Deal: What if your fiance turned to you right now and asked you to be their dance partner for life? How would you respond?
All You Need: The first step! For most couples, taking a dance lesson together is a big change of pace and will require a stretch outside of the old comfort zone. But, just like your relationship, getting to where you are now probably started with one bold step. Now you can take that bold dance step (pun intended) together.
Bottom Line: The first step towards becoming lifelong dance partners starts with scheduling a complimentary wedding consultation at Arthur Murray.
Hopefully this gives some perspective on the instant upgrades that dance lessons can deliver.
While most amateur wedding planners are logging hours of spiraling through a Pinterest rabbit hole looking for some little touch that others may have missed, it's safe to say that your search is over.
Now, all that's left is to get started and add a few more unexpected upgrades to this list.