(Closed) Dollar Dance

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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184 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’m doin it.  Just don’t know what song to do.  what song are you doin?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

We did it, our DJ suggested some songs and we just let him play what he saw fit.  It was awesome because I got to spend time dancing with family members and friends, it was the most time I spent that night actually talking to people.  No one thought it was tacky, in fact my brother thought it was special to be the first to dance with me.  My husband did it with me, and all of his female friends and family loved it.  We didn’t make a ton of money, but we did make enough to not need any other cash for the honeymoon.  I overheard one guest say that he’d broght cash because he thought we would have a cash bar, when he found out we were having an open bar he decided to use the cash he brought for the dollar dance 🙂

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

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Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We did it!  It’s very worth it for you financially.  It depends on your guest list (ours was about 200) but we made almost 2K from it, and not everyone even did the dance. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

This topic has come up before so you can get lots of opinions by doing a search on past posts on the board. I do think you have to consider the economy we’re in – it’s a lot to ask people to drive or fly to a wedding, possibly pay for hotel and food, bring a gift (and perhaps an earlier shower gift), then be expected to pay to dance with the bride. Hmmm….

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

I think this really depends on your culture or location.  I think this is just way more common in certain parts of the country/certain cultures.  Personally, I’ve never been to a wedding that had a money dance, (I’m in southern california).  You really have to consider how your guests will persive it.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I agree with MissEsq, I think it depends on the area that you are in and also the culture. I had never seen this done until I went to my fiancee’s cousin’s wedding, I had no idea what they were doing. 🙂

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I agree with what other posters have said. I live in Oregon and I’ve never been to a wedding with a Money dance. I didn’t even know what it was until I saw it on Bridezillas or something.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

you say that you have not seen the money dance in the last few weddings you have attended.  that probably means it’s not commonly done in your locale and/or your circle of friends and family so i would avoid it if i were you.  there’s a reason that your recently wedded friends chose to leave it out!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

All of my cousins on one side of the family did it at their wedding.  I have never been to any other wedding where it is done…I think they are fairly uncommon.  If you are in doubt, I would say to probably err on the side of not doing it, particuarly because some guests might not know what it is (and the economy has tanked).

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I had never heard of a dollar dance until I went to my best friend’s little sister’s wedding last summer. I LOVED THE IDEA of the dollar dance and was more than happy to pay to have few seconds with the groom. Remember, it’s a "Dollar" dance and you are only asking for one dollar, if people decide to give more then great, but nobody is going to get offended by paying a dollar to dance with the bride or groom. It’s also an excellent way to get a few more bucks to go towards the wedding costs. I plan on doing it at my wedding!

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I’m from the midwest and have seen a dollar dance at almost every wedding reception I’ve ever been to.  I agree- they are paying $1.00 not $100.00.  Also people have the option of not doing it if they don’t want to.  I have spent many dollar dances chatting with friends instead of paying to dance with the groom and never felt bad about that either.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

We did it at our wedding. As for region, I’m from the south. 

It was nice getting to spend a few moments with some of my guests that i wouldn’t have had time to otherwise. 

My husband just told me he felt awkward but he enjoyed the benefits, haha. 

Post # 16
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Newbee

In my culture and area of the country where I am from originally, it would be considered poor etiquette–and even vulgar–to have a dollar dance. However, I have attended friends’ weddings where the dollar dance is a part of their cultural tradition and even partook in the festivities. My Filipino and Latino friends had this at their wedding, but this is something that my family and friends and my fiance’s family and friends would not look upon favorably.

It’s your wedding so ultimately it’s up to you. However, you might want to explain this to people not familar with the tradition. The look on my fiance’s face when folks were pinning dollar bills to my close friend’s dress was one of horror, as he had never seen this and in his experience and background, it would be considered disrespectful to a. ask your guests for money and b. pin dollar bills to the bride or groom. 

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