The Waltz: How and When It Is Done

The waltz is typically done with the bride and groom holding each other close as they move around the dance floor.

The most important thing to remember when doing the waltz is to keep time with the music. As long as you stay in time with the music, you will look elegant and graceful on the dance floor!

Be mindful of the tips below, and with the right live wedding band, your waltz will be one of the highlights of your big day!

  • When To Do It?

The waltz is usually done during the reception, after the first dance. However, it can also be done earlier in the evening, as part of the father-daughter dance or the mother-son dance.


  • What Type of Music?

Classical music is traditional for this dance. But you can choose any music that you feel comfortable dancing to. Just make sure that it has a slow and steady beat.

If you want to add a little bit of romance to your waltz, consider choosing a love song. So many beautiful love songs would be perfect for a waltz; pick one that has a slow and steady tempo.


  • What About the Dance Steps?

The steps are very simple. Move around the dance floor in a smooth and fluid motion. Remember, the waltz is all about grace and elegance, so keep your movements graceful and elegant.


  • What Type of Clothes to Wear?

When it comes to the clothing for your waltz, ensure you are comfortable with what you are wearing. You don’t want to be uncomfortable while dancing, so make sure your dress or suit fits well and doesn’t restrict your movements.

Another thing to keep in mind is to avoid anything too loose or too tight. Tight clothing can make moving around the dance floor difficult, so wear something more fitted. On the other hand, loose clothing can make you look sloppy on the dance floor, so you may want to steer clear of that too.


  • What Type of Shoes To Wear?

Finally, wear comfortable shoes. You don’t want to be slipping and sliding all over the place, so your shoes must fit well and provide good traction!

With these simple tips in mind, you’ll be able to choose the perfect outfit for your waltz and pull off the perfect waltz on your wedding day.


Just relax, take your time, and enjoy the moment. After all, this is supposed to be one of the most memorable days of your life.…wedding day.

The waltz originated in Austria and was first popularized in the ballroom dances of the 18th and 19th centuries. It quickly became a staple of wedding receptions and other formal occasions, just like Alex Levin Music quickly became the favorite live wedding band for many New York couples!

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