Dollar dance: where does the money go?!

posted 4 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3170 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My best friend got married on the 11th and she did a dollar dance. I grabbed two of the vases that were holding our BMs bouquets and the best man and I just stuffed the money in those. It worked great. You can use anything but make sure it will hold enough.

ETA: Make sure there is a plan for what to do with the money after the dance. I sorted it all out and bundled it together but they didn’t have somewhere safe for me to put it. I held onto it all night, I wasn’t dancing, but make sure you have a plan. Not saying that anyone sketchy will be at your wedding but better safe then sorry.

Post # 4
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

For my sister’s wedding, I just had a small little silver can to put the money in.  (First I sorted it and organized it into a roll for them…but that worked out nicely.


The vase idea is good as well.


A cute little silk purse for your MOH would work out well too.  The best man will have pockets, but once the whole thing is over, they can combne, sort and put everything into the chosen holder for the money.

Post # 5
408 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Vases, buckets, etc.

Post # 6
845 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I like these ideas!! 

Post # 7
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@phillybride61513:  embrace the tackiness, girl!  It’s also a big thing here (western PA), and I’ve seen boxes like a card box, or just a bucket from behind the bar.  As for stashing it somewhere after, I would probably just have a BM or GM run it out to the car and lock it in the trunk afterward, that way no one has to keep an eye on it.  We plan to do that with my friends’ because there are a few sketchy family members going to be there.

Post # 8
525 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

It is definitely a regional thing!  Every wedding I’ve been to back home (Northwestern MA) always had one.  I know at my brother’s wedding they used silk purses with drawstrings at the top, I’m not sure what they did with them afterward though.

Post # 9
2782 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Tacky is subjective. Another idea is you could probably pick up a cheap cute themed piggy bank,  and just have your BM and MOH hold one of those to collect the money. Make sure you have somewhere safe to put itor someone you trust to hang onto it afterwards.

Post # 10
749 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@phillybride61513:  Might not be regional im in Southern California, orange county 😉 

Post # 13
161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

we live in Missouri, i’ve seen it pinned on I’ve seen brides hold onto it while dancing or stuff their dress with it (like folded out fo the top up dress) i planned on just stuffing it but after hearing the vase and card box idea, i just might do it!

Post # 14
5222 posts
Bee Keeper

I have been to many a wedding with a dollar dance and I have seen them clipped or pinned on the bride + groom or a purse used. These were silk purses that were heirlooms or passed through friend/family groups for this purpose


Post # 15
2557 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

It’s regional (NE PA here!!).  I do not want a dollar dance, but I know that my grandmother will be upset if I do not have one, so, sigh.  I’m giving in — and if I make a few bucks for our honeymoon, even better!!  Here, they usually collect it in a white money bag.

Post # 16
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I know the tradition used to be to PIN the money on the bride…thank goodness that tradition is dead! Around here the MOH and BM just collect it in their hands and then they gave it to my husband to hold onto after it was over.


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