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A wedding reception is the culmination of months, sometimes years of planning and is often marked by a lively dance floor. The wedding dance is not just an opportunity for the newlyweds to showcase their moves, but it is a chance for the guests to let loose and have some fun. These days modern couples are searching for first dance alternatives to add a little wow factor to their wedding experience. Rob from Music Central shares these ideas to spice up your wedding dance with visual effects.


Special event lighting is the easiest and fastest way to create a dramatic look throughout the entire venue. It can also be used just to highlight one small space or single moment. One of our favourite forms of special event lighting used at weddings is intelligent lighting. Intelligent lighting is programmable to any array. It can play to the music, offers unlimited colours so it can be a perfect match to your wedding.

It can change the whole aesthetic of your wedding. You can even use intelligent lighting to replicate the romance of candlelight. Other popular forms of lighting used in weddings are totem/tower lights, monogram lighting, and of course, uplighting. The right kind of lighting can make your whole wedding reception glow.

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COLD FIREWORKS: First dance alternatives

Cold fireworks are a type of pyrotechnic display that create a unique visual effect at your wedding reception. Unlike traditional fireworks, cold fireworks do not produce any heat or sound,. This makes them ideal for use in areas where noise and heat may be an issue. Use cold fireworks during your grand entrance, or as you’re making your getaway for a dramatic effect. As far as first dance alternatives go, this one will leave an impression!

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A fog machine can be an excellent addition to a wedding. It can add drama and a touch of magic to the atmosphere. With the right lighting, the fog can create a mystical ambiance. This is especially true during the first dance or the cake cutting ceremony. The fog can also be used to conceal the wedding party’s entrance or exit. Creating a sense of anticipation and excitement. However, it is essential to use the fog machine in moderation so that it does not become overwhelming or cause any discomfort to guests. With careful planning and execution, a fog machine can be one of the most memorable first dance alternatives to any wedding.

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CO2 GUN: First dance alternatives

A CO2 Jet Cannon is a device that produces a strong jet of air using compressed CO2 gas. This provides a visually stunning impact. Due to of the captivating spectacle they produce, these cannons are frequently employed in concerts, nightclubs, and weddings. Be sure to coordinate the timing and placement of the CO2 cannon with your photographer and videographer. You want to ensure that they capture the effect in all its glory. With a little planning and coordination, a CO2 cannon can be an unforgettable addition to your wedding reception.

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 Open air photobooths are still the most popular choice with couples planning their weddings. Not only will a fun photobooth capture memories of your special day, your guests will have a blast dressing up in silly props and striking poses for the camera. A photobooth is a great way to keep your guests entertained during the reception. While you and your partner are off taking photos or having the dancing, your guests can occupy themselves by taking photos in the booth.

It’s a fun activity that everyone can enjoy, regardless of their age or relationship to the happy couple. Open air photobooths allow more people to participate in each photo. You can customize the backdrop and props to fit your theme or colour scheme, which will make for some beautiful and cohesive photos. Plus, the booth itself can serve as a fun and quirky piece of décor.

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Spicing up your wedding dance!

Spicing up your wedding dance with visual effects is a great way to make your wedding even more special and memorable. Whether you choose to use intelligent lighting, fog machines, pyrotechnics, or all of the above, the key is to personalize your dance and make it unique to you and your partner. With a little creativity and imagination, you can create a wedding dance that your guests will never forget. 

ABOUT MUSIC CENTRAL: Music Central Entertainment is the area’s most respected disc jockey service based out of London, ON. Music Central specializes in weddings as well as corporate events, and creating a unique event based on the client’s wishes, musicality, and suggestions. As well as their famous DJ services, they can also provide photo booths, lighting, special effects, audio/visual, karaoke, master of ceremonies, and much more.

Check out the Fall/Winter 2023 issue of The Wedding Ring Magazine for all of the first dance alternatives.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MUSIC CENTRAL | To speak with Music Central about your wedding options, you can reach them using the form below.

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