Is the dollar dance dead?

Recently, I was asked by a client if people still do the dollar dance? It really just depends on the client. I would say a large percentage of people pass on the tradition for a number of reasons, while for some families it is still an expected way to help the newlyweds.

Some reasons the dollar dance has been skipped over at most weddings, and how to solve these problems if you want to do it…

  1. Not everyone carries cash anymore…

It’s definitely truer than ever that asking people to pull out a dollar bill to dance with a bride might result in a large percentage of people looking for an ATM. You can plan ahead for this by having your parents reach out to family members ahead of time and let them know to expect this. It probably wouldn’t be something you’d want to print on the invitation, but a quick text from your mom, and I’m sure Uncle Jerry would throw a twenty in his wallet before coming…

2.   It can take a long time…

The dollar dance can go on and on for an eternity it seems if you don’t have a plan in place. An absolute minimum you would dance with someone who just gave you money would be 15-30 seconds, and ideally you’d want a lot of participation which can stretch the activity between 10-30 minutes sometimes. It’s a great idea to have a bridesmaid or groomsman help regulate the line and collect the money if possible. You can have an established timeframe with them and a non-verbal cue to move on so you don’t get stuck dancing with Uncle Jerry for a whole song while 20 more people wait in a line. 

3.   It can slow down the pace of the wedding

While it can be a great way to generate some extra honeymoon funds and get a chance to see people one on one for a minute, it can really slow down the momentum of a wedding. The majority of your guests will either be sitting down, waiting in line, or at the bar or outside. If you keep it moving and have the songs upbeat, it can still work out just fine… just be aware that it is not a tool for escalating into a wild dance party in most cases.