One of my absolute favorite things about weddings is the dancing. I LOVE to break it down with anyone and everyone around me. I started thinking about all the different “special” dances involved in receptions. I thought I would make a list.
In no particular order:
Bridal/First dance – This one is clear. It is the bride and groom’s first dance as a married couple. Traditionally, this was called the Bridal Waltz and an actual waltz was performed.
Bridal Party dance – The entire bridal party is usually announced and each pair dances (Maid/Matron of Honor and Best Man, bridesmaids and groomsman, flower girls and ring bearers).
Father-Daughter dance (and/or Mother-Daughter) – Self explanatory!
Mother-Son dance (doubt there would be a Father-Son, but you never know!) – Again, self explanatory!
Dollar/Money dance – This was originated in Poland to make sure that the bride and groom had a few dollars to start off their marriage. Shots of some sort of alcohol seem to accompany the dance, though I am sure this was not the intention in Poland, and with each dollar you give, you get a shot. Sometimes only the bride dances, sometimes both bride and groom. Usually men dance with the bride and women dance with the groom, however in recent events, I have seen men dance with the groom as well. Case in point… my fiance and his bromance.
Anniversary dance – This is one of my favorites!! All married couples are called out on the dance floor. The DJ or any other MC announces that anyone married less than 12 hours (the bride and groom obviously!) should leave the floor. Then announces those who have been married less than 1 year, 5 years, 10 years, etc. until there is only one couple left on the dance floor who would be the couple married the longest. I have seen people have a small gift for the long-wedded couple.
Line dances (Macarena, Cupid Shuffle, Electric Slide, etc.) – NOT one of my favorites, but many people do love them. They do also get a ton of people out on the dance floor. Oh ok, I am guilty of loving the Cupid Shuffle. We all have our vices!
Snowball dance – This is a good one to get all those stick-in-the-mud guests sitting on the side picking their noses up and dancing! The bridal party starts out on the dance floor. The DJ asks each member of the party to choose someone to join them on the dance floor. Then, s/he asks the bridal party and the new dancers to choose another person. Soon, there will be a ton of people on the floor dancing and having a (snow)ball! hahaha… I am such a dork 🙂
Polka (for us Pittsburghers) – I do not know how to polka. But this is definitely on my lists of things to learn before I die. This usually ends up being women dancing with each other, but they don’t seem to mind! When I learn, look out! I am going to request it at every wedding, just so I have a chance to practice!
Best Wishes dance – Ok, so I totally made up that name. I have no idea if there is a name for it or not, but I love it! This seems to take place at the beginning of the reception when dancing is first opened up to everyone. The DJ asks all the guests to join the bride and groom on the dance floor. For each person dancing, the newlyweds will have one year of happiness in their marriage. Now if this isn’t a good way to get people dancing, I don’t know what is. Who wants to be responsible for the divorce of a newly married couple?!
Ok, so that is all I can think of right now. I am sure there are a ton more. I honestly think that you could fill an entire reception with just these special dances, though I wouldn’t recommend it. Please comment and fill me in if I missed some!