(Closed) Is the Dollar Dance Tacky?

posted 9 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Is the Dollar Dance, during the reception....
    Looks cheap since the bride/groom is asking for money : (40 votes)
    67 %
    Cute because it gives people the chance to dance with the bride/groom whom normally wouldn't : (20 votes)
    33 %
  • Post # 17
    176 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I really think it depends on what’s common in your families/regions.

    In my area everyone seems to do it and both of our families were expecting it. We got to talk to many people that were there at the wedding that we otherwise might not have gotten to spend time with. I don’t think it’s appropriate to call it “tacky” because it is very common in some areas and not so in others which determines what people are used to. 

    Post # 18
    1105 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    We had one and every wedding I’ve been to has had one.  We all have fun with it and it is something that is looked forward to by our family!!  Now, you will have plenty of people tell you it is tacky and such, but if you want it, then have it, they can be a lot of fun.  One person’s tacky is anothers fun time:)

    Post # 19
    334 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’ve seen these at a lot of weddings and never thought it was weird.  But I brought it up to my Fiance the other night and he was horrified:  “Why would I want other men dancing with my bride on our wedding day… not to mention asking them for more money??”  O_o 

    I tried to explain that the money could be optional (like the fake dollars someone else mentioned) and that it was a nice way to spend time with all the guests, but he wouldn’t budge.  So I guess we probably won’t have one, but for the record I think they’re cute and you can step around the money issue very easily.

    Post # 20
    2313 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I don’t think it’s tacky, but it’s not something I’m planning on doing. 

    Oh, and the weird thing about a dollar dance is your guests might not have cash. The last wedding I was at was that had a dollar dance was my stepsister’s and they had an open bar and so I didn’t bring any cash with me, and then when the dollar dance was announced, I had to make my stepbrother give me a dollar because I didn’t have cash on me. 

    Post # 21
    569 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Oh man, here we go again…

    Usually it’s a cultural tradition. If this is commonly done in your family weddings, then chances are most of your guests are familiar with the tradition and won’t think it’s tacky. If you’ve never been to a wedding where this was done, and it’s not a tradition in your family, then yes, it can definitely be viewed as tacky.

    I think it’s nice and have been to many weddings where this was done. At weddings in my family, everyone gets really into it and instead of dollars, they like to give twenties. My FI’s family does not do dollar dances, and in fact think it’s very tacky. In the end, we won’t be doing it because the idea of dancing with that many people makes my Fiance want to slit his wrists. 😉

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