Dancing is a part of just about every wedding, and the special dances featuring members of the wedding party are a crowd favorite. Couples are continually finding new, creative ways to orchestrate their wedding dances to entertain their guests, and the standby traditional versions still make the grade as classic romance, too. Whether you’re going to wow the crowd with something original, or set the mood with classic tradition, here are a few tips to consider when planning your wedding dances.
Here Come the Bride and Groom
The bride and groom’s first dance as a married couple usually takes place at the beginning of the reception, as a way to introduce the new couple and get the guests up and dancing. If you’re not having dancing until after you serve a meal, though, you may want to hold off on the bride and groom dance until later. Choose a time for the bride and groom dance that flows well with the rest of your reception. Having the DJ announce the happy couple by their new married names is a nice touch, as well. You may want to have your wedding party join you gradually on the floor as they’re announced by the DJ.
Father / Daughter
Watching a bride dance with her father is always one of the most tender moments of a wedding. Sometimes the entire wedding party will choose to take dance lessons together to ensure that all of the special wedding dances are carefully choreographed and go off without a hitch. A casual dance is fine too, but be sure to choose the right song for the occasion. If you’re coming from a blended family, which is often the case, you should plan ahead of time for how you’re going to include a stepfather or some other father figure in your wedding father/daughter dance. Choosing more than one song, or doing a fun series of handoffs are just a couple of ideas for how to handle these situations.
Mother / Son
The mother/ son dance can be done on its own after the father/ daughter dance, or at the same time as another dance. You could also choose to have a parents dance, where all of the parents of the couple, including stepparents have the chance to dance together in the limelight, and switch out partners during the song, giving the bride and groom the chance to dance briefly with each of their parents. This type of rotating dance is a good solution for blended families to help cut down on time. Be sure to choose a song that is appropriate for whatever type of parents dance you will be doing. Your DJ can help you with some ideas on this.
Dancing for Dollars
The money dance, or dollar dance is not always seen at weddings these days, but it’s still fairly common. This is where the bride and groom dance with various guests, who each deposit some cash into a bag they will be carrying. This fun dance provides the couple with a little spending money for their honeymoon. Choosing more than one song for this dance will give you extra time to dance with all of your guests. Have the DJ specify where the line for the dance will be located to help keep things organized and give everyone who wants to participate a chance. Choose several songs to run through, but have the DJ close the money dance once the line dwindles down. He/she can announce the last song to allow any stragglers to step up to the plate.