Post # 1
So I’m thinking of having a lion dance troupe at our reception, and I was wondering when you guys decided to have yours and how long it lasted for. I remember someone on WB who complained that a lion dance they saw at a wedding dragged on, and I’m worried that’ll happen at ours. The troupe we’re looking at has a 10-15 minute routine which sounds pretty typical, but still kind of long maybe. I’m not sure! Also, how interactive was your troupe with the audience? Since we’re having a small wedding, it’d be wonderful if it was an interactice performance. Finally, did anyone regret shelling out for a 15 minute performance?
Post # 3
I had my lion dance troupe perform right after my hubby and I were introduced. so we were standing front and center as the lions came in. Ours lasted for about 10-15 minutes. It won’t drag on if the lion dance is good and does a real routine. I have seen some on youtube where troupes do perform for a long time, and it becomes boring after a few minutes because they’re not doing anything special or exciting. My troupe was not that interactive with the audience, but they had a routine they practiced that told a story. So people paid attention.
As for the costs, I tell brides this all the time. It seems like a lot of money, but you have to remember what you’re paying for. A typical lion dance troupe performing with 2 lions will have at least 4 lion dancers, a buddha, drummer, gong player, and cymbalists. That’s at least 8-10 people who travel to your wedding with their equipment. Troupes practice their routine before they come to your wedding. The money does not actually go to individual members who voluntarily have joined the lion dance troupe. Money goes towards equipment, maintenance, gas, rent for practice space, etc.
I’m a little biased, but it’s a good investment. It’s wonderful to have lions perform for your wedding to give you many blessings for a happy marriage.
By the way, my troupe performed for Mrs. Toucan’s wedding last year. You can check it out on her page.
Post # 4
How much did you pay for the lion dance?