When it comes to common wedding traditions there are few that are as controversial as the dollar dance. Unlike other wedding controversies (should you smear cake on your spouse’s face?) people tend to have strong feelings about the dollar dance.
A dollar dance is where the bride dances with the guests at her wedding and in return they give her a dollar. Some traditions say that the dollar is pinned to her wedding dress and some say it should be collected by her maid of honor.
First and foremost, you need to decide if you are comfortable with the dollar dance. If you are not then cut it out of the wedding reception and don’t look back. There is no reason to do something that you are uncomfortable with.
If you are comfortable with it then the next thing to look at is how the families feel about it. If your family loves it, but your fiancé’s family thinks it is tacky then it might be worth talking it out. It is ultimately your decision, but it never hurts to ask for an opinion.
The style of your wedding needs to be taken into consideration as well. If you are having a black tie sit down wedding then it might be perceived as more tacky to have a dollar dance than an outdoor lunch wedding. If you are inviting kids to the wedding then the dollar dance can be a fun wedding tradition that they can participate in.
If you have a large wedding then a dollar dance can help make sure that you are able to talk to each of your guests. A dance usually lasts 10-20 seconds, which gives you just enough time to thank them for coming. A receiving line is set up for you to do this as well, but you tend to have less time with each guest in a receiving line and it does not feel as personal. If you are having a small wedding then you will be able to get to each guest without having this extra step.
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