Post # 1
So, I have been contemplating hiring some bellydancers as entertainment at our reception…
1st – we are having a Moroccan theme. Plenty of lanterns, really cool Moroccan lighting, great rich fabrics etc. But adding a vintage tinge to it so it’s like being in Casablanca circa 1940s.
2nd – I used to bellydance for a few years and I know a lot of people in the bellydance community that would come dance for us and do a great job. I’m not as into bellydance as I used to be (honestly, I kinda got bored with it! lol!), I actually do Indian/Bollywood now, but I still perform with lots of bellydancers when they have their shows…just doing bollywood.
BUT – I’m already doing some non-traditional things… like, no white at the wedding… having the reception and ceremony at the same place (which is an old theatre)… doing a non-traditional / goofy first dance… etc. and I’m worried that the tamer guests (maybe 40-50%…maybe more) will think that bellydancers complete with jeweled bra costumes are just too much for a wedding. Also, I’m concerned that I’ll ask one and I’ll offend another. PLUS, if I hire a dancer, it’s going to be REALLY hard for me not to want to join in … and I don’t know if that would be appreciated by everyone or not. I would have to do a costume change for that too.
So, what do you think I should do? No? Yes? Maybe? Let me know your thoughts bees!
Post # 3
I think if it fits in with your theme and/or is a part of something you are…go for it!
Post # 4
Sounds cool! I don’t think I’d join in – sit that one out in your wedding dress ;). I’m sure some people wouldn’t appreciate it, but you could put your connection to bellydancing in the program or somewhere so it’s not quite so random to people who don’t know about it :0).
Post # 5
Are you kidding? That’s an AMAZING idea! I absolutely love it and I think your guests will too.
If you’re worried about you joining in being tacky or whatever, teach some of the guests and have them do it with you!
Post # 6
I originally didn’t vote at all, but then read your whole post carefully and think if you’re doing a Moroccan-themed wedding, it’s PERFECT!!!
Post # 7
I think it would be lovely….. however a close family friend had a birthday party around her heritage and had belly dancers at her party, well some of the guys there who had been drinking thought it would be funny to start handing $$ to the dancers. Which imo is 100% inappropriate and disrespectful! I would just hope you don’t have any guests that could act like that at your wedding, as it was horribly embrassing for the women hosting the party, and i’m sure for the dancers as well.
Post # 8
I think that would be awesome! I have been thinking of similar entertainment ideas for my reception including fire dancing! Belly dancing, fire dancing… I think would WOW the crowd.
Post # 9
My best friend married a man from Morocco. They had a belly dancer and she was fantastic.
Now, her more conservative relatives felt it was inappropriate, she turned out to be great.
Post # 10
I was iffy at first, but then you said you’re getting married in a THEATER. Now, that totally fits your theme and setting. Why not? I would def not dance though… unless you really felt like you have to. But, you can do whatever you want 🙂 If I was a guest though, I’d think it was a nice touch.
Post # 11
This is very common in Middle Eastern weddings (where I’m from). Personally I’m not a fan and find it tacky but you know how it is…When you grow up with something you think it’s so uncool and old-fashioned; yet when you travel across the world suddenly everyone finds it exotic and fascinating 🙂 I bet your guests would love it.
If I were you I would join the belly dancer but keep the wedding dress on. I’m sure I broke into a few moves myself along with some of my relatives at our wedding 🙂