Parent Dances After First Dance or After Dinner

posted 2 weeks ago in Reception
  • poll:
    After First Dance : (3 votes)
    18 %
    After Dinner : (14 votes)
    82 %
  • Post # 2
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    1494 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    sept2017 :  

    We are going right from our entrance to our first dance, then doing the other dances after dinner.

    In my experience, as a guest, I paid more attention to the dances when they weren’t one right after the other.

    Post # 3
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    3510 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

    Honestly I don’t pay attention either way but as a guest if it could be over and done with all at once that would be preferable. Not doing any of this.

    Post # 4
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    186 posts
    Blushing bee

    In the only wedding I have been to, they did the first dance after dinner (dinner space was also the dance floor space so it had to be cleared), had some open dances, then abour 45min into the dancing, did the parents dances. 

    I would not do the parent dances before dinner because everyone will be thinking about food! As long as they’re early on the dancing part of reception, you’ll be fine. 🙂

    Post # 7
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    3510 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

    sept2017 :  I get it. Same reason I won’t be walking down the aisle alone. 😋 Gotta love parents.

    Post # 8
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    20 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    I did all the dances after dinner and toasts. Actually, we did all the dances one after another right after cutting the cake. We had a cupcake bar for our guests, and there was easy access for everyone to the cupcakes without crossing the dance floor, so we danced while people got their cupcakes. That way, there was something to do and people didn’t get bored, and they had something to munch on while we were dancing. 

    The dances were more for the people dancing than the ones watching anyways. The dance I did with my father and the dance DH did with his mom were for us, not as much for the guests. I sat down next to some friends while DH was dancing after my dance with my father, and they liked that they didn’t feel like they had to just sit there and watch if they were getting bored. They still did, but encouraging people to move around while we were dancing let them know that they didn’t just have to sit and watch if back-to-back dances bored them. 

    Post # 9
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    14 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    We did our entrance and first dance and then had dinnner, toasts right as dinner wrapped up and then parent dances after that. I’ve seen it done a few different ways, but wanted to break up the dances because, as a guest, I get bored watching three in a row. 

    Post # 10
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    387 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2016

    We did our entrance, toasts, dinner, first dance, then parent dances. People surprisngly paid attention and were really into the dances haha.

    Post # 11
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    810 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

    We did the patents dances after our first dance, which was right after dinner. That way people are fed and no one is sitting there hungry waiting for them to end. After the parents dance, the dance floor opened up.

    Post # 12
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    343 posts
    Helper bee

    sept2017 :  If you do it after the first dance at least have one or two other songs in between each special dance.

    Like first dance song

    unforgettable

    father daughter dance

    lets stay together

    at last

    mother son dance

     

    Post # 13
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    1308 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

    Since our reception started a little late (7:30), we didn’t want to delay dinner too much. We did wedding party entrance, first dance song, dinner, toasts, father/daughter dance, mother/son dance, open dance floor (until cake cutting half an hour into dancing). I thought this worked really nicely, and guests didn’t have to sit and wait for dinner too long.

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