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Introducing Camilla Dallerup’s exclusive blog for You & Your Wedding

Strictly Come Dancing champion and motivational coach Camilla Dallerup has some words of wedding wisdom to share

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Hi everyone, I’m so excited to be the new online blogger for You & Your Wedding.

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Our wedding day was simply the best day of my life and over the months I look forward to sharing what I learnt from organising our own day, from ordering the flowers to my husband learning the wedding dance. It turned out to be totally magical.

Looking back I have so many fabulous memories, not just from the actual day but the whole year leading up to it; the dress fittings, the wine tasting and even choosing our rings.

I was never a girly girl who’d dreamt of her wedding and living happily ever after. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t really until I met my now-husband Kevin Sacre that I realised marriage might be for me after all.

To me personally, being married is this very deep commitment, or promise between two people to become a team in life. I absolutely love being married and everything to do with weddings, which is why I jumped at the chance to blog about it. I also have a very strong belief that love really does make the world go round. And in the world of weddings, love is where it all begins.

Having spent most of my life in glamorous dresses competing in dance competitions and, of course, on Strictly Come Dancing, I wasn’t sure that wearing a wedding dress was going to feel much different. But it did. It’s such a unique experience. I can only compare it to feeling like a princess, not that I know how it feels to be a princess, but I have a great imagination and I bet that’s exactly how it feels. 

My husband and I decided to have our wedding abroad, which obviously came with its own challenges, but we both love the sun so it seemed an obvious choice.

We also didn’t want to upset anyone, being from two different countries (Denmark and England) we thought finding somewhere neutral would be just perfect to make everybody feel involved. We decided on Ibiza, which was the first place we went on holiday together.

You can imagine that one of the biggest worries for my husband was not what to wear or where it would be held but, considering many of my colleagues from Strictly Come Dancing would be there, having to deliver a decent wedding dance.

I gave him the advice I give every wedding couple I ever teach… It’s your day, you can do whatever you like, and make sure you don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Otherwise, worrying about the wedding dance will be hanging over your head for the entire day, overshadowing all the wonderful things going on around you.

My husband took this advice and initially decided he fancied a bit of old-school disco dancing. That was until I pointed out the tune we had chosen – Jason Mraz’s A Beautiful Mess – was a perfect Viennese Waltz, which just happened to be the traditional wedding dance in Denmark.

Without any pressure from me, well, maybe a gentle nudge, he decided to learn the basic moves and on the night, we did a lovely basic Viennese Waltz before he picked me up and proceeded with his original plan of school disco. It was simply like the song said, a beautiful mess. It was what it’s all about when becoming husband and wife, a team, a coming together of yin and yang.

I can’t wait to let you all know more next month. I hope you have enjoyed my first blog as much as I have enjoyed writing it.

If you have any questions about your wedding dance or how to deal with your nerves on the big day, please tweet me @camilladallerup or @youyourwedding and we will feature some of the answers in the next blog. 

Love,

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Camilla x