The Sweet Christian Bride

The Classic YouTube Bridal Party Dance

You’ve all seen it.  The classic YouTube Bridal Party Dance video.  People loved it.  People imitated it.  Then people became irritated with it (perhaps thanks to Pam and Jim’s dislike of it during their iconic Office wedding?).

Well, no matter how overdone people might think it is, I love it.  If this is in line with your personality, then you rock that dance.  Your guests will love it too because they will know that you are having a great time at your wedding.

I’ve seen it at a couple of weddings since that YouTube debut, and they were all different.  Some were in the ceremony, some at the reception.  Some were to one song, some to a spliced compilation.  Some were just the bridal party, and some included the bride and groom.  They were all unique.

The one piece of advice I strongly give if you are thinking about having “impromptu” dancing at your wedding is to choreograph it or at least have each person practice their dance moves before they perform them.  Some people will not be as comfortable as others being silly in front of a large crowd, but if you can suggest one or two moves that they can practice and rely on, then they can go down the aisle with more confidence.  If you don’t help a brother or sister out, then they (the ones who aren’t totally comfortable with your dance idea but are doing it because they love you) will freeze up and look awkward.  The only time your audience will feel awkward about this decision is if the people doing it feel awkward.  Avoid that.

If I had thought about this idea back when I got married, I probably would have done a dance line down the aisle for the recessional.  I liked processing reverently to a hymn that focused my heart on the weight of the vow I was about to make.  And I liked having a setting that allowed me to take in the faces of my guests as I walked by them and to meet the eyes of the love of my life who was waiting for me at the altar.  I also think my more traditional guests appreciated the ceremonious entry rather than a spastic dance party to kick off the event.

And I probably wouldn’t have done it at the reception unless it was a fully choreographed dance (rather than a dance line) because the shock factor is less.  People are expecting dancing at a reception.  But dancing as the recessional to our ceremony…

What a perfect transition into the party that is to come!


By Lindsay

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