Post # 1
Ok, so Fiance and I pretty much like to party. We love going to clubs, dancing, top 40, etc.
My question is this: After the initial first dance/father-daughter dance is over and the music turns into Jay Sean and Nelly blasted over loudspeakers by a DJ, would it be too crazy to include two breakdancers/hiphop dancers to get people motivated to dance? I really think it would be awesome to hire them off a place like Craigslist and have them bust out of the crowd during the first song or two and just kick it. My Fiance is iffy on the idea of having hired performers, but I pointed out the DJ is a hired performer as well… and a lot of people have those at their weddings.
What do you think? Bad idea? We have a lot of friends our age, but our extended families will also be there and they might not appreciate the ‘crazy dancing’ (my dad is in his 60’s and my mom is nearly that as well – they had me late). My aunts are nearly 70. I am just wondering if it might be too much, or should I go out and do it because it’s what I would like to do for my wedding?
Post # 3
Personally, I think this is a great idea! Just make sure you have a big enough dance floor that there is room for people to start dancing around them 🙂
Post # 4
OMG I wanna go to your reception just to see that! I think its a great and fun idea
Post # 5
I have mixed feelings about performances at weddings. For instance, I recently watched that show, Four Weddings on TLC and there was a (I think) Brazilian/American girl who had Carnival Dancers at her reception doing the Samba. I thought it was cool since that is such a part of her culture.
If this is something that truly is a reflection of you and your Fiance, I say go for it. And I don’t think it matters that there are going to be other generations who might not be into it. If you both are, that’s all that matters.
Post # 6
Personally, I’m not a fan of hired performers at weddings. There is a huge difference between a hired DJ playing music and hired break dancers out on your dance floor. As long as you DJ is playing good music, people don’t need break dancers to get them out on the dance floor.
Post # 7
Thanks for the replies so far. I made a poll so people that don’t want to comment can just throw in a vote. So far it seems from the comments that two people are for it, one is ambivalent, and one is against it. Interesting! If you want to say why you are against it (tacky, not the right place, etc.) go ahead. I can take any critique. =)
Post # 8
I think it would be FUN and definitely unexpected. Since you’re worried about your older Aunts and your parents and such, maybe talk to the DJ so he sets it up in a way that pleasantly surprises your crowd, but doesn’t SHOCK them.
Post # 9
@blingybride: You’re right – I could have the DJ do a lead in. Kind of like, “We have a surprise tonight for…” and set them up so they know that something is about to happen. Thanks!
Post # 10
I’m all about making your wedding personal and if breakdancing is your thing, then go for it! And I wouldn’t worry too much about how the older set will handle it, I’ve noticed that people tend to chill out at weddings. And if that’s not reassuring, make sure to seat them away from the speakers!
Post # 11
Do it! I think it’s a great idea!
On a side note, the key to getting guests motivated to dance is for YOU and Fiance to dance like crazy and personally encourage others to do the same. Darling Husband and I danced like fools during introductions, the cake cutting, and every moment we were near the dance floor. We also told each person, as we went table to table at dinner, that we wanted to see them on the dance floor, where we spent the majority of the evening. The DJ told us he had never done a wedding with so much dancing.
When guests see the bride and groom dancing like nobody’s watching (even though everyone IS watching), they feel comfortable letting lose and having fun. I’m sure breakdancers set the same mood. Enjoy!