(Photo credit: Lindsay Eileen Photography)
Many couples today are wanting to have the traditional father/daughter and mother/son dances, but are looking for ways to incorporate these formalities without taking up too much time....or perhaps one (or both) parents are not comfortable dancing in front of a crowd. Whatever the reason may be, here are some different ways to incorporate those special dances into your party:
- Try a combined parent dance. As shown in the picture above, Nicole and Rich opted to dance with both parents at the same time. They chose one song that was fitting for both, and doing it this way saved a little more time, as they wanted to be sure there was as much time as possible for their guests to get on the dance floor.
- Typically, the bride and her father lead off the special dances. You can start off this way, then halfway through the dance, exit the floor and let the groom and his mother finish off the rest of the song together. One song....both parent dances....done. You can also have your DJ play two songs in this case; start off with one song for the bride and her father, then the DJ does a nice, smooth fade into another song for the groom and his mom. Two songs made into one....both parent dances....done!
- A few of my recent couples opted to have their guests join in halfway through one of their parent dances (or during a combined parent dance). They chose this as a lead-in to get the guests onto the dance floor to get the dance party started.
- And of course, there's always the fun little twist on the standard slow parent dance....this can be a TON of FUN and is also another way to set the tone for an awesome dance party:
No matter what you decide to do, remember...it's your day. Parent dances or no parent dances, the formalities should reflect your personality and what type of atmosphere you ultimately want to create for you and your guests. There may be "standards" to these dances, but there are no "rules." Keep in mind the comfort level of those involved, but don't be afraid to be different!
Happy Parent Dance Planning!