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What Ever Happened to The Wedding Party Dance?

In the twenty plus years I’ve been privileged to be a DJ, the way brides & grooms have chosen to format the formal elements of their wedding reception have changed. One such example of this is with whether or not to incorporate a “Wedding Party Dance” into the formal dances. Generally speaking, when a wedding party dance is done, it typically takes place after the other formal dances, which are often comprised of a first dance, and some form of father of the bride/bride and/or mother of the groom/groom dances.

One of the most compelling reasons to have a wedding party dance is that it provides a good photo opportunity for your photographer to get pictures of the wedding party members dancing. However, the wedding party dance, for the most part, has become less popular in recent years. The main reason for this, is that it can be awkward…

I mean, do you have your wedding party members dance with who they walked down the aisle with, or do they dance with their significant others? If they dance with who they walked down the aisle to, oftentimes, they may not even really know this person… or in some cases, there aren’t an equal number of bridesmaids and groomsmen. And if the wedding party attendants dance with their significant others, then it won’t look quite as nice for photos… not to mention, it ends up being just one more formal dance that makes the rest of the guests have to wait even longer to get out on the dance floor.

So for all of the above reasons, wedding party dances aren’t nearly as popular as they once were. What are your thoughts? Did you have a wedding party dance at your wedding reception, or are you planning to have one when you get married? We’d be happy to discuss options with you and develop an approach that will make sense for you!