Special dances for your reception or party to get the party rollin’
Here are some special dance suggestions to create a fun atmosphere for your wedding or party guests. One thing to consider when/if choosing to do these
events is whether the people you invited to your event will be willing participants. These dances can be a great way to “break the ice” and get people in
a dancing and party-time frame-of-mind. We can discuss how these work and our experiences with them at out planning meeting.
The Money Dance aka The Dollar Dance
A staple of wedding receptions for ages. The original premise of the dance was to give the newlyweds a few extra bucks to spend on their honeymoon. There are a number of variations of the Money Dance here is a basic description: During a predetermined few songs, usually slow waltz, the bride and her Maid/Matron of honor and the Groom and his Best Man take places on the dance floor. Male guests line up for an opportunity to dance one on one with the bride, and female guests line up for a personal dance with the groom. Each dance lasts around 15 - 20 seconds. The Maid/Matron of Honor and Best Man collect the dollars from each guest and keep the line going. Recently, the Wish Dance has been suggested as a replacement for the Money Dance. The bride and groom take the dance floor and start dancing. Guests then cut in for a 15 - 20 second personal dance with the bride or groom without any money involved.
Optionally the DJ can take the place of the Maid/Matron of honor and Best Man as the money collector and/or facilitator.
The Money Dance and/or the Wish Dance have the advantage of giving the bride and groom a few seconds of personal time to spend with several guests.
The Multiplication Dance aka The Snowball Dance
This dance is a great way to get your guests moving to the dance floor. An up-tempo song is played as the wedding party or other select group is called to the dance floor. The “starter” group begins dancing. When the music stops, the dancers go to the seated guests and bring back another partner. The fun continues until every able body dancer is on the dance floor!
The Anniversary Dance
This one is easy to do and easy to get participants involved as long as there are several married couples at the event. It’s our most frequently chosen wedding reception special dance and is always a big hit. The DJ announces "the next song is a dedication to all the married couples in the room and we wish to invite them to the dance floor to celebrate their marriage". After several seconds into the song, the DJ then asks everyone who has been married less than 24 hours to leave the dance floor (obviously the bride & groom). Then you move on to 1 year, 5 years, 10 years etc. until only one couple remains on the dance floor (the longest married couple). They finish the dance together. Once the song ends, they are asked to speak into the microphone and give a few "words of wisdom" to the newlyweds. An option would be where the bride and groom give the couple a special flower bouquet. This dance usually turns into an emotionally uplifting experience for all and a highpoint of the event.