Wedding & Function
Wedding & Function

Order of Dancing

The DJ or band will announce the first dance usually, and call the couple out onto the dance floor. Traditionally the father of the bride will eventually cut in and dance with his daughter. The groom may ask the bride’s mother to dance. The grooms father will then ask the bride to dance, and the bride’s father will cut in on his wife and the groom, and ask his wife to dance. The groom will then ask his mother to dance, or a maid of honour and the bride asks the best man, while the in-laws dance with each other. Finally the entire wedding party and the guests will join in the dancing.

As the wedding couple you must decide before the ceremony which part of this traditional order you would like to follow, if any. This is only a guide and it is your choice who to involve in the dancing. It is important to notify the individuals that you want to participate, and instruct them as to when they should join the dance, and with whom they should dance. Depending on how many people will eventually be dancing, you may have to select an additional song or songs for everyone to dance to.

Your First Dance should be one of the many beautiful memories of your wedding day. By preparing in advance you will be able to relax and have fun with each other, enjoying your moment. Don't think of this as a performance but as a ritual, part of the vows and promises that you will exchange on this special day.