(Closed) Dollar Dance in New England – NOT FOR DEBATE PLEASE

posted 6 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

I went to a wedding in Boston and they did not do it.

I went to a wedding in Westchester (NY) and they did it. I guess it was ok. That was the first wedding I went to and saw it, so at first I had no idea what was going on. So I probably had a confused face on. lol No one looked offended.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve been to only 1 wedding in Boston that had one.  It was awkward and weird for me since I’d never seen or heard of such a thing.  I did not participate.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I live in Buffalo, NY and have been to several weddings, but none have had a dollar dance. In all honesty, I didn’t know what it was until weddingbee.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Ive been to a wedding here in California with a dollar dance. It was awkward and at first no one went up and danced with the bride. So she stood there alone for a good 3 minutes before I ran up there with a dollar to dance with her. So from what I saw it was unsuccessful. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Every wedding I have ever been to has had one, and I have been to dozens of weddings all across the US, including Boston, Maine, New Husband and RI. They have always been a lot of fun and welcomed by all guests. I enjoyed myself as well as the other guests. It is also a nice way to spend a few moments with the guests of honor. My Fiance and his friend said they agree, they are fun. Hope this helps. Happy planning!  

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Never seen one in New England or Mid-Atlantic states. Honestly had never heard of it til this site and everytime I’ve asked people from home they seem like it’s also the first they have heard of it…but I currently live in Chicago and people here seem to know what it is.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

@Ms Rocky Point:  If your dj or band goes over the directions, it might go over well. lol No one did for the wedding I was at, so I had no idea why people were holding money and dancing! ;P

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m Boston born – been here for almost 30 years.  I’ve been to probably 12 weddings around New England throughout my life.  I have been to one wedding with a dollar dance – and it was a very cultural thing (everyone at the wedding with the exception of the bride and grooms friends were straight off the boat from Portugal).    I honestly had no idea what it even was, and neither did most of my friends, so we didn’t participate.   I actually thought it was a Portuguese thing until I joined the bee  πŸ˜› 

So yeah – to be completely objective – if its not something typical within your culture, is not “expected” in this region.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I live in Boston and have never seen it at any wedding I’ve gone to – I also wouldn’t know what to do unless it was explained to me. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MissCallieJean:   haha, I’m pretttty sure the DJ gave instructions at the wedding I was at…  just not in English, which, wasn’t all that helpful for me  πŸ™‚

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

@mandypop:  honestly, even if there were directions I probably wouldn’t join in anyway. πŸ˜‰

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I went to a wedding in Maine, where the guests were 1/2 from Maine and 1/2 from Massachusetts. The wedding was pretty casual, and the bridal party knew practically everyone on both sides so it was known that the dance was going to happen. (125 guests) Everyone had fun, and it gave people a chance to dance a little with the bride and groom. After the song, there were so many people coming up a second and third time, the DJ played two more songs! After the line ended, the maid of honor and the best man danced with the couple.  Some people did not participate, but they did not seem offended.

I went to another wedding in Massachusetts that also had a dollar dance. No one really knew or talked about it before hand so it was kinda awkward when it was suddenly announced. It was also a more formal affair (with 200 or so guests) so it was kinda awkward walking through tons of table to dance on the floor with the bride and groom. No one talked badly about it, but it was not as much fun as I wish it had been.

If you are worried about it being awkward, maybe you can invite the wedding party up on the dance floor with you, or have them invite guests to dance with them so it’s not just you and hubs up there?

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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