Wedding Dance Etiquette
Wedding dance etiquette is very useful during a wedding
reception. It is good to know when to dance and who dances with who.
Dancing is a fantastic element of every wedding, so acting with style
and grace will make it all the better.
My husband and I attended the wedding of a good friend of ours
not too long ago. The center of their reception was the dance floor. It
was a vibrant, wonderful element of their wedding. What
made it so
special was that they had made sure everyone would want to
dance...young and old.
So how do you use good wedding dance etiquette? Here are some wonderful
tips to help you feel at ease and ready to cut a rug.
The Traditional First Dance
The bride and groom are celebrated
in the first dance of the evening
Traditionally they take the floor, dancing to their song. It is a dance
that they share exclusively with each other, no one else is on the
floor. This dance is a beautiful time for them to share a quiet moment
to be with just each other.
At some point during the song or right after, the father of the bride will
take her for a special dance
At this point the groom will have the honor of dancing with his mother.
Dancing with my father was one of the highlights of my wedding. We both
shed a few tears and laughed at the silly things we have shared.
The Money Dance
In some regions, a money dance is held with the bride and groom. A money dance is when the guests
pay a dollar to dance with the bride or the groom
Good wedding dance etiquette is shown when the money is placed in a
special bag the bride carries or on a sash pinned to the bride or
groom. It is a fun way for the guests to share some time with the
couple. It is not a required dance for the guests to be involved in.
The Longest Lasting Dance
This dance is a wonderful way to honor those couples who have celebrated many anniversaries
Everyone is invited to the dance floor and as the song progresses,
couples drop off until the last ones on the dance floor are those who
have been married the longest. It is a wonderful way to show family
members and friends the love and honor they have earned.
A couple will show good wedding etiquette when they choose their play lists with all
of their guests in mind
It is easy to have a good mixture of music that will appeal to all age
groups and encourage them to dance. The wedding we attended had this
type of mixture. It was so wonderful to see all of the experienced
couples share a sweet dance to the traditional slower songs. At the
same time, it was fun to dance with the younger crowds to the faster
beats. The energy the younger crowd brings is wonderful and very
Showing good wedding dance
etiquette doesn't mean that you are well versed and trained in the
ballroom dancing arts. It doesn't mean that you are an experienced
dancer at all. What it does mean is that you enjoy yourself
respecting those around you. Allowing the couple to share their special
dance and dances with those who are close to them is a good example.
Also, a wedding dance is not
the time to break out your latest routine and show everyone how good of
a dancer you are by taking command of the floor
(this is not proper wedding dance etiquette). It is a time to let your
hair down and have fun. Dancing in a large group is a wonderful time to
let yourself move and create fantastic memories.
Our friend's wedding was the best example of good wedding dance
etiquette. They were on the dance floor most of the evening involving everyone in their fun
It was a night to remember for all of us involved.