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The Dollar Dance: A Guide to Understanding This Wedding Tradition

A bride and groom doing the dollar dance at a wedding in front of guests on a brick walkway/dance area

The Dollar Dance, also known as the money dance or the apron dance, is a wedding tradition practiced in many cultures. It is a fun and interactive moment that allows the guests to share a brief, personal moment with the bride and groom while contributing to their financial future. This guide will help you understand the tradition, its origin, and how you can incorporate it into your wedding ceremony.

History of the Dollar Dance

The Dollar Dance has roots in several cultures. In Poland, it is known as the apron dance where guests drop donations into the bride’s apron. In Nigeria, it’s part of a tradition called ‘spraying’, where guests throw money at the dancing couple. In America, the tradition became popular with Polish immigrants and spread from there. Regardless of its origin, the dance is generally seen as a way to wish the newlywed couple good luck and provide them with some extra cash as they start their married life.

How the Dollar Dance Works

Typically, the Dollar Dance takes place after the formal dances. The DJ or band will announce the start of the dance. Guests form a line to take turns dancing briefly with the bride or groom. While waiting, they hold a dollar bill (or more) which they give to the couple when it’s their turn to dance. Some couples provide a small token or flower in return for their guests’ contributions.

Incorporating the Dollar Dance in Your Wedding

While the Dollar Dance is a fun tradition, it’s not for everyone. If you choose to include it, make sure it aligns with your wedding style and personal comfort. You might want to let your guests know in advance about the dance, especially if it’s not a common tradition in your culture. This way, they can come prepared if they wish to participate. It’s important to remember that the Dollar Dance should never be mandatory – it’s an optional, fun activity that some of your guests might enjoy.

Final Thoughts

Whether you follow this tradition to the letter or put your own twist on it, the Dollar Dance can add a touch of fun and culture to your wedding reception. However, like all wedding traditions, it’s your choice whether to include it or not. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable and happy on your big day.

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