Post # 1
Anyone have one at their wedding? How long was the performance and when did they come out? Any helpful hints or pros/cons?
We are thinking of having a very short performance – more like a parade to lead the guests from cocktail hour to the reception. I thnk the lion/dragon dances can be fun and loud and festive, but any longer than 2 minutes and I get bored.
Post # 2
We had one at our reception. It was about 10-15 minutes long (only one lion) and they came out after we made our entrance into the reception hall.
Our guests loved it! Some had seen a lion dance before, but many hadn’t. We found ours through the local Chinese cultural centre who happened to have training sessions for lion dancers.
Post # 3
bridgesandstripes: we had a lion dance right after our first dance. 2 lions, 2 drummers and 1 person on cymbals. Our guests really enjoyed it! It was about 10 min and they did some tricks like balancing on benches and jumping on top each other. We also interacted with the dancers by exchanging bamboo and oranges.
Post # 4
which part of the world are you in? if you’re somewhere where people aren’t familiar with lion dances, that could be really fun. and you could get the lion dancers to dance right up to the wedding couple and do something fun! like how for lunar new year, the lions usually “eat” food and “spit” it out arranged as auspicious words!
Post # 5
bridgesandstripes: We had two lions at our wedding and they did the traditional dance with the drums and cymbals and we fed them lettuce and oranges and the red envelope. Our order was: entrance, hora, cake cutting, lions. It was about five minutes long and everyone loved it. Our guests are still telling us how much they loved it months after the wedding. I think five minutes was perfect. It gave the photographers and videographers time to capture some great stuff but not so long as to be boring for guests. Make sure to cue your photogs/videographers ahead of time to be ready.
Post # 6
bridgesandstripes: We had one at our reception. It was the one thing I really wanted to surprise our guests with since his family is caucausian and I knew a lot of their friends would never have seen such a performance. It was a little under 10 mins – 2 lions and drums. Our reception was on a small area of grass so there wasn’t as much room as I had hoped but they did little tricks and rolled over etc. There is a pathway from the mainhouse but it is dark. We purposely waited until folks had started eating/almost finished eating when the drums started from the darkness and the lions came down the stairs and onto the lawn. They also moved through the reception tables and played with the guests. Everyone really liked it. I was really glad I did it since we really had to sqeeze some other items to make room for it in our budget.
One regret – our photographer had never seen this before and I should have sent her a video of what to expect. The lions were huge and she wasn’t anticipating them to move around so much so our pictures weren’t as great as I wanted them to be. Luckily my dad is a photographer and got some good ones so overall we have some nice ones to pick from.
Post # 7
Thanks everyone for the advice – especially about the photographers! I think we will have 2 lions, one drum, a jester, and maybe the cymbals. I walked though the site today and I think it will take about 10 minutes for the lions to make their way down through the crowd, which seems to be the sweet spot in terms of performance length.
We won’t be employing professional dancers (just my goofy cousins) so I don’t think we will have any tricks or anything. My family makes up half the guest list and they have seen lion dances a million times before but hopefully they will think it’s funny that my cousins are dancing. And this should be pretty new to our other guests who are mostly white.