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Jillian
Frequent user September 2022 Ontario

Thoughts on Dancing before dinner?

Jillian, on January 8, 2022 at 15:43 Posted in Wedding reception 0 10
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Has anyone been to a wedding where there was 30 mins of dancing before dinner? I heard it on the betches bride podcast and has me wondering if we could pull it off.

Some of their reasons for it doing were:
Guests will get into party mode right away and dance up an appetite (since cocktail hour is literally right before we don’t want the guests to already be full when served dinner..)
If we do this, we would start with introductions, then do our first dance then open up the dance floor. We aren’t doing speeches. Then go into dinner, then do parent dances and open up the dance floor for the rest of the night. Thoughts??

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Latest activity by Vinod, on February 5, 2022 at 18:38
  • Vinod
    Featured August 2017 Ontario
    Vinod ·
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    Your concept sounds great and can work since your skipping the speeches. I know there is dancing before dinner or speeches usually in that order or vice versa. You can start the party with the parent dance to lead into the party mood.

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  • G
    Newbie August 2022 Ontario
    Gaby ·
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    I'd start with very fast/jumpy music and would ask the dj to invite everyone to dance and celebrate the bride and groom. I'd also would stay away from speeches until there's food 🙂
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  • Carmel
    Featured December 2020 Ontario
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    Most people eat enough during cocktail hour to keep them satisfied for a while (personally I hate how soon dinner is after eating way too many apps - I know many that would agree with this) so make sure you have a good cocktail hour. Thirty minutes of dancing between that and dinner sounds perfect. If you're thinking of incorporating more in between it's actually perfect because it gives slower eaters time to continue but others time to move and do something else while waiting. It also allows staff time to clear and set between courses (if this is how your dinner is). I wouldn't do more than 20 minutes of dancing between courses though. Just enough for a few dances. Slow songs are really nice between courses - good vibe for people who want to just socialize in between or are still eating. Hope this helps but feel free to ask more questions 🙂
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  • Hank
    Featured September 2021 Ontario
    Hank ·
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    I think the only consideration would be to time it right. A lot of people have expectations on when dinner takes place so if you're pushing dinner down by an hour to have a dance party, some people may be hangry. Or if you let people know in advance, then they won't be shy around the cocktail hors d'oeuvres since they know it'll be a while before the bigger meal.

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  • Jillian
    Frequent user September 2022 Ontario
    Jillian ·
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    I’d love to hear more if you have any tips on pulling this off Smiley smile
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  • Jillian
    Frequent user September 2022 Ontario
    Jillian ·
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    Thanks!! I’d love to hear more on how to incorporate it from your experience. If you have dos or donts Smiley smile
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  • Carmel
    Featured December 2020 Ontario
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    This!!! I never understood why more people didn't incorporate this into their weddings. I'm Jewish too so I could also be biased but I love that we weave dancing into dinner and speeches etc so no one's just sitting for the first 2-3 hours of a wedding! Do it!!
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  • Amanda
    Featured August 2022 British Columbia
    Amanda Online ·
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    I think if you want to start dancing before dinner, go for it! It's your wedding day! Do what you and your fiance want to do. There's no right or wrong answer!

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    Newbie August 2022 Ontario
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    In Jewish weddings you always dance before you eat and not only it is the most energetic moment of the wedding because people just want to see the couple and celebrate but it definitely opens up an appetite to eat later. I recommend it!
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  • Jacquie
    Frequent user August 2022 Alberta
    Jacquie ·
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    I think this depends on the people. I don't think most of my close friends/family would take part in an early dance. Most people that I know prefer to partake later in the night after they've have more to drink Smiley tongue.


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