What is the first thing that pops in your head when you hear the following words: Macarena, Cupid’s Shuffle, Cotton-Eyed Joe. Whether you are imagining a fun time surrounded by friends or rolling your eyes as you watch from afar (at the bar?), line dances have been a staple at weddings practically forever. Did anyone else just get an image of gladiators doing the Electric Slide? For some, it can seem like another wedding tradition that should be tabled for something newer and less traditional, and for others, it is embraced in their reception as much as cutting the cake and tossing the bouquet.
If you are on the fence about incorporating line dances in your wedding reception, consider adding just a few of your favorites throughout the night to increase the fun and bring the most people on the dance floor. While it may seem corny to “put your right hand in and put your right hand out,” it could end up being some of the most fun five minutes of your reception. Consider this: line dances are probably the most surefire way to get those guests who swear they can’t or don’t dance to do just that.
Many a modern bride and groom go into their reception song selections as Team No Line Dances but then eventually move to the other side in the name of a good party. Here’s the truth: most wedding guests love to participate in a line dance simply because it is something everyone knows (or can learn quickly) and can have fun with. As a bride and groom, that laughter can just be too good to pass up.
This is all not to say that you can’t have a totally fun time sans line dances. Brainstorm with your DJ on how to choose the songs that make you the happiest and you know will get your guests to boogie. This could also be a good time to decide to take requests from your guests. You can do this by adding a line to your RSVP card or having a poll on your wedding website where guests can choose a song that would definitely get them on the dance floor. Taking these requests can encourage participation and gets guests excited when they hear the song they chose played at your reception (but as always, you get the final say). Hello, dance party!
Maybe you are on the fence about playing a few line dances or even have a list of songs that are absolutely off limits at your reception. No matter where you stand on the line dance debate, consider something completely new, either in addition to or instead of the Macarena. How about teaching your guests a dance that is known in the culture of you or your soon-to-be spouse, such an Irish jig? This could be a very fun alternative to the tried and true group dances and would definitely leave a lasting impression. You could also plan a performance to entertain your guests, done either by actual professionals or just your fabulous wedding party who would gladly teach anyone to Dougie. There are great alternatives and additions to those classic wedding group dances that would wow any crowd.
So, where do you stand on the group dance debacle? Love them or love to hate them? Let us know in the comments below!
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