A song and dance

With most of the big things taken care of, I’m starting to think about (and fret about) the little things.

Where do brides put their stuff, for one. You never see them with bags. True, I won’t need to bring my house keys, but I might need some tissues.


And what should I do with my mobile phone? I guess I won’t really need it, because everyone I would ever need to call will be with me all day.

But the one thing that’s been bothering me, more than most – is the First Dance.

I’m thinking back to J’s friend Jimmy’s wedding. He danced to a slow version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow with his new wife Bea.

Well I say danced. Bea clamped her hands around his neck and tried to make him move to the music. He had a look of raging discomfort on his face, like he was being forced to watch Sex and The City 2 or something.

Car crash doesn’t even begin to describe it.

I don’t want me and J to end up like that! And it’s a possibility, that’s the worst thing.

He doesn’t really dance. Maybe bobbing head finger dancing, but no more than that. Propping up the bar is more his style, really.

I guess we need to practice, that’s clear. But what will we dance to?

I love Eighties pop, he hates it. He loves heavy metal, but I don’t really see myself spinning round the dancefloor to anything by Sepultura .

We both like dance music, but there’s nothing there that really fits the bill.

J suggested we have Common People by Pulp – I don’t think he was even joking.

We don’t have a special song (how do people even get those?) so we’re a bit stuck really.

I’m hoping inspiration suddenly hits us along the way. Time is running out though – six weeks and counting!

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4 comments

  1. Hi Katherine

    I commented on your blog before as I am also getting married to a Spanaird in Madrid in September. With regards to the first dance, I’m being told by all the Madrileños that our first dance has to be a classical waltz by tradition. But I’m not a fan of classical music and I don’t think José has a clue how to waltz. I take it you haven’t been told the same if you are considering 80s pop! ?!
    As I said before, I’ve loved reading your blog. Your post on changing your name was very timely (I’ve finally settled on bucking the Spanish tradition and taking his primero appellido) and I also had my hen night this weekend – albeit here in less than sunny Glasgow!
    I just wanted to wish you all the best with your wedding and I hope to see pictures of your wedding on the blog very soon!

    • Katherine Robinson

      Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for your kind words – glad you’re enjoying my blog! I will of course put pictures up as soon as humanly possible.

      Yes we were told about the waltz – and that by tradition you should start off dancing with your dad while your husband dances with his mum. I don’t think that’s really going to work for us. We are not the waltzing kind!

      How was your hen night? x

  2. Hi Katherine

    Tip from former bride to bride to be – get someone to take a bag for prior to the wedding to the venue and place it underneath the top table. Trick – put all you make up bits, tissues, spare pins for dress malfunction etc. That way you have somewhere to put things and the best bit is no one will ever know as its underneath the table. In terms of your first song, everyone one has the same problem but when you hear it you and your partner will know the one, just keep listing to lots of music.

    Good luck with the last six weeks. They will go by very quickly.

    • Katherine Robinson

      Hi Anna, thanks so much for the tip – that is genius. Maybe I’ll even invest in a special bridal one for the big day!

      Time is flying – I can’t beleieve that this time next month I’ll be a married woman! x

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