Wedding Dance Etiquette

The wedding dance is one of the most enjoyable parts of the reception. Guests can enjoy the music to their hearts' content. Beautiful music is playing in the background. The newlyweds entertain their guests with a choreographed first dance. This will be a wonderful time to take some pictures that capture the spirit of the event.

Dancing in wedding involves some etiquette. The order of dancing can be arranged by the bride and groom.

Sequence of Dance Partners in Wedding

The bride and groom will dance first. This is the usual format. Then the parent dances with the couple - father with the bride and mother with the groom.

The groom's father will then dance with the bride and the groom with the mother-in-law. The meaning of this dance is that the bride and groom are each welcome to their new families. If the groom or bride has step parents then it is proper to ask the step parents to dance with the couple too.

After dancing with the couple, the parents then pair with each other. After that, they pair with the other parents. The sequence continues with the best man dancing with the bride and the maid of honor with the groom. Bridesmaids and ushers follow next until the entire wedding entourage has danced. The guests then can join in the dancing.

Other Dancing Alternatives

This is basically the traditional sequence of wedding dancing. It is not unusual for couples nowadays, however, to do some variation on this pairing order. Sometimes if parents are divorced, this kind of sequence might cause some awkwardness on the part of the parents. This is the reason why in most weddings today, the traditional first dance of the newlywed is observed. After that, there is no particular sequence to be followed.

The bridal entourage can join. At times the guests join with the entourage too. This set up is more informal and most couples prefer it this way.