(Closed) Parent dances…when are you doing yours?

posted 10 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

we’re waiting until after dinner… and doing the parent dances first as we’re doing a fun dance and want to open the dance floor up immediately after (rather then going emotional).  plus Fiance likes the idea of me being passed to him from my father (surprised he said this, but he said it in a sweet way).

I did attend a wedding where the couple danced immediately after being introduced, followed my the parent dances, and it seemed to take a loooong time before dinner was served.  But I’m sure it can be done more smoothly 🙂

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We ate dinner then cut our cake. While that was being cut we had the first dance and parent dances. It then opened up the dance floor for everyone for awhile so we had time to go to the tables and talk to people.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We are going to walk in do the first dance, the mother/son dance and then do best man toast and go right into dinner. I’m not having a father/daughter dance, so dances will be done in less than 10 minutes and then we can eat (there is a 3 1/2 hour gap AFTER our wedding ceremony til our reception with a light cocktail hour before the reception). 

 

My reception starts at 6 and my photographer leaves at 9, so we gotta get as much in as possible in the beginning

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Our current plan is:  Dinner, Parents’ toasts, First dance, Father/Daughter/Mother/Son dance, open dancing concurrently with dessert.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

 I dont want to make people wait too long to eat- so we are doing our first dance and parent dances after the cake cutting.

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My honest opinion is that no dances should be before the meal. Wedding dinners always seem to take forever (many I’ve been to, the serving process is at least an hour and is often delayed before that even). I don’t like being made to watch the first dance while my stomach is rumbling and all I can think about is how hungry I am and why can’t they do this after dinner. So if you absolutely must have the first dance before dinner… definitely wait to do the parents’ dances until after.

ETA: And I absolutely love the first dance, and love watching it. But my stomach overrules my brain.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We went dinner, cake cutting, first dance, f-d dance, m-s dance with the cake being served (I think) while we were dancing. There was cake at my seat when I got back and that’s all I cared about.

We had a live band and initally they weren’t going to play during dinner so we didn’t want them to play 1-3 songs and then have a long break before an all skate.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@galloway111: That’s a good point! I might rethink that now! 

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

we did our first dance and parent dance before dinner. we had a combined parent dance and wanted to get the “spotlight dances” out of the way so after dinner people could relax.  it was a good flow and the dinner broke up all of the wedding festivities like toasts, the dances, cake cutting, etc.  Because food and drinks were also served during the cocktail hour, people weren’t starving and didn’t mind waiting the extra 4 minutes until dinner.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I did a combined mother/son father/daughter dance right after the first dance, which was after the dinner and the cake cutting.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@TheFutureMrsLamkin: If you’re having a cocktail hour with food I think that makes a huge difference. I’ve never been to a wedding that served any food before the actual dinner but then I’d be okay watching all the dances first.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We are doing our parent dances while the guests are eating. 

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