(Closed) Your opinion on “Dollar Dance”

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 32
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m with many of the PPs – if you’re comfortable with it and you think your guests will understand it, go for it!

I’ve seen it done multiple times and the only time I thought it was tacky was at my cousin’s wedding. She didn’t have any dancing at all, but still had a dollar dance. Most people were too uncomfortable to truly dance with them since there was no alcohol and no previous “warm-up” dancing, so lots of the guests just walked up and handed them money. Awkward!

Post # 33
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1295 posts
Bumble bee

The first time I ever heard of one was at a mexican wedding I went to. I personally feel like it’s tacky (sorry :/), but it’s something they do in their culture I guess. I couldn’t figure out why she wanted to ruin her beautiful dress or why she was charging people to dance with her. She seemed to really enjoy it though, so I’m sure they were completely happy they had a dollar dance and could care less what people thought about it.

Post # 34
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I think they are fun. Its more about the dancing and less about the dollars lol. You dont have to pin the mony to your dress, you can have one of your Bridesmaid or Best Man hold a little bag for it. If you want it, its not like people are forced to participate so they can sit out if they want. Do whatever makes you feel comfortable.

But there are a million posts about this topic, if you search you will find a ton of different opinions.

Post # 35
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711 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I say if you want one go for it!

Post # 36
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

It’s a Cuban tradition so my Fiance wants to do it, and my mom actually suggested it although I didn’t realize it was a tradition in our family so I think we’re leaning toward doing it. It feels weird to me but hey, gotta give in sometimes to make others happy.

Post # 37
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I say do what you want.  Now a days weddings are “do as YOU please” with some tradition thrown in.  I did the Apron Dance which is the same as what you call the Dollar Dance.  My Grandmom wore an apron and the guests placed whatever amount they wanted in the apron to have a dance with me.  My family wasn’t custom to it and thought it was a lot of fun.  I had a line around the dance floor of people wanting to dance with me.  I think they thought it was funny watching me being spun around like crazy.  All I could do was laugh hysterically.  The DJ made it more fun by changing the speed of the music so I went from a slow song to fast without knowing what song was coming.  We even had the groom involved.  I found in my research that the Apron Dance was a way of giving money to the couple to start their new lives together.   Personally I dont see it as a way of begging for money.  Its simply a fun way of getting the crowd up to dance and a way for the bride and groom to interact with their guests.  As for the person (Amarylls) who commented about you “repeating” a repeat thread/post she needs to keep that to herself.  If you are a new bride or have a question, you have the right to ask. After all….. that is the purpose of this website.  You asked a great question and as a newbee myself to this whole posting blogging etc. I will ask any question I choose.  Who has time to “research” what others posted?  We are busy brides.  What a way to take the fun out of it.  So, Peachbaby…. good luck in whatever you decide… and have fun… its YOUR wedding… who cares what others think.    

Post # 38
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We have a variation of the dollar dance type event in our family/area. If the younger sibling in a family gets married before the older once, the eldest has to put on this stupid knee high socks with bells on them and dance around while people throw money at him/her (sometimes the dance is performed in a wash basin). The sibling then donates the money to the bride and groom. It’s an odd tradition and I’ve bugged my sister about it but she refuses to do it. I wouldn’t do it at my reception though, maybe at a family party prior to the wedding but I wouldn’t make her do it in her dress and stuff. I’ve seen it done many times though and it’s a good laugh for everyone.

Post # 39
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

It is common where I come from as well, but we will not be doing one. I just don’t really like the thought of it overall, but I have been to a ton of weddings where they did it. Do whatever you feel comfortable with – it is YOUR day!

Post # 40
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Its common around here too. The one reason I think that its good (besides the fact that you do get money). Is that it gives people a chance to talk to you that otherwise might not have gotten a chance to because of other people or because you have been to busy. But I still say its your wedding do what you want and don’t worry about what people think

Post # 41
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

It’s pretty common where I’m from, but we’re not doing one. In addition to not being super comfortable with the concept or with having to dance with a bunch of different people awkwardly for a few moments each, I don’t like how they break up the action on the dance floor. I want everyone to be out there dancing, not just me and Fiance and two other people!

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