The Anniversary Dance: Turning Tradition On Its Head

The Anniversary Dance can be the most inspirational event at your wedding. It’s one of the best ways to celebrate marriage as an institution as well as all of the couples who are at your wedding. After all, it’s your wedding day and what better way to share the joy of being together than to dance with all of the other couples in attendance.

Like so many other traditions, the popularity of the Anniversary Dance ebbs and flows. And depending on your personality, family structure and a host of other considerations, it may or may not be for you. However, we’ve found a way to breath new life into this time honored wedding tradition by turning it on its head.

The usual way to have an Anniversary Dance is to invite all of the couples out onto the floor to dance to a anniversary song of the bride and grooms choice. The Master of Ceremony will then ask couples to sit down based on how long they’ve been together, going up in years until there is only one couple left on the dance floor. While this honors the couple that has been together the longest, it also forces the them to dance the longest time. This may or may not be the most considerate thing to do, especially if there are a lot of couples in attendance. It also leaves the dance floor empty.

We’ve discovered it’s sometimes better to shake things up a bit. When we’re working with couples who are interested doing an Anniversary Dance we always offer the suggestion of doing it in reverse. Reversing the order accomplishes a couple of very important things. First, it let’s the elder couples stay seated the longest and dance the shortest amount of time. That’s important because some older couples might not have the stamina to dance for 10 minutes. So why not let the younger couples (i.e. the newlyweds) dance the longest? Second, it fills the dance floor with people, providing a great opportunity to transition from ceremony to party. It’s often much easier to start the party when you have a dance floor packed with dancing couples. It’s a simple matter of asking the rest of the guests to join them on the dance floor and kicking things off with a family favorite song. Participation songs like line dances, polkas or call and response numbers work great.

There are a couple of small details about the order of events to keep in mind if you’re considering putting this twist on the anniversary dance tradition. But we’re here to help ensure that everything goes as smooth as a newborn baby’s bottom. So do you think you want to surprise and delight your guests with this take on a time honored tradition? Feel free add your thoughts and suggestions to the comments below.

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