The 10 People You Will Find On A Wedding Dance Floor

The Grandma With All The Moves. 

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She’s 80 and still dominating the dance floor. Although everyone is a little afraid she’s gonna break a hip.

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Most Popular Wedding Dance Songs of 2014 (So Far)

1. “All of Me” John Legend

Hundreds of couples have no doubt picked this gorgeous ballad for their first dance. It’s without  a doubt, the most romantic song of 2014 (so far).

2. “Safe and Sound” Capital Cities

This song is the perfect mix of chill and danceable. A great way to ease guests onto the floor.

3. “XO” by Beyonce

I just picked Beyonce’s latest hit, but really anything by her would be a great addition to a wedding playlist. There’s “Crazy In Love” for the couple’s grand entrance as well as “Single Ladies” for right before the bouquet gets thrown. You might wanna stay away from “Irreplaceable” though.

4.Fancy” by Iggy Azalea

This is without a doubt the song of the summer and will definitely be a popular dance-floor favorite. Also great to rock out to in the limo with your bridal party.

5. “Wiggle” by Jason Derulo ft. Snoop Dogg

It’s nearly impossible not to wanna get up nd shake your groove-thang to this. Just be warned though, even Grandma will wanna wiggle, so play at your own risk.

6. “Turn Down for What” by DJ Snake and Lil Jon.

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Okay, so you might wanna wait until later in the celebration to play this one. Once everyone’s had a few drinks, the dance possibilities are endless. Make sure you have your phones out to capture all the possible-blackmail fodder.

7. “Happy” by Pharrell Williams

This family-friendly megahit will certainly get guests of all ages up on their feet.

8. “Love Never Felt So Good” by Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake

MJ’s posthumous hit with good ol’ JT will even have the old-timers up and groovin.

9. “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors

The title explains itself.

10. “Bad Blood” by Bastille

This top-40 hit will get the blood pumping.

 

 

 

10 Songs NOT to Include on Your Wedding Playlist

From tragically tacky to just plain inappropriate, here’s a list of songs to keep off your reception playlist.

1. “We Are Family” It’s just so corny. Your family is obviously there with you celebrating your big day.

2. “Blurred Lines” Robin Thicke: A song so marred by controversy, you know you (don’t) want it anywhere near your special day.

3. “Cha Cha Slide” Yes, I know that everyone loves line dances. But not every wedding has to have one. It gets tiring after a while plus it’s much more fun to make up your own dance moves.

4. “Macarena” Los Del Rio: Just like Furbies and the phrase “Wassssupppp” somethings are just better to leave in the 90’s.

5. “Every Breath You Take” The Police: This song is not cute and it’s not romantic. It’s about stalking someone. For Pete’s sake, take a listen to the lyrics next time it’s on the radio.

6. “My Heart Will Go On” Celine Dion: Another 90s relic that’s best to just leave where it is.

7. “Gold Digger” Kanye West: This one needs no explanation.

8. “I Hate Everything About You” Three Days Grace: Yeah, unless this is a snide jab at your new MIL, I’d leave this one off.

9. “Sexual Healing” Marvin Gaye: Save the steam for the honeymoon please and thank you.

10. “All My Exes Live In Texas” George Strait: Your wedding day is not the day to bring up past flings, even if they are in fact citizens of the Lone Star State.

Best Wedding Dance Routines

This seemingly-normal entrance turned funky

This His Vs. Hers Dance Battle

The wedding ceremony that basically turns into a musical

A couple with a love for MJ

And this groovy one

The dance that makes us lose control

 The couple that’s all about dirty dancing

This Breakdancing Couple

These Newlyweds who are in “California Love”

 

Wedding Dance Traditions From Around the World

Dancing is often a big part of any wedding celebration, but these dance traditions vary in different countries and cultures.

Cajun: The Broom Dance

Cajun people were often isolated from the rest of the world and there weren’t many churches or courthouses nearby. Engaged couples will ceremoniously jump over a broom to represent their marriage until a priest could come to officially marry them. The broom is also part of a playful dance that unmarried siblings participate in during the reception.

China: The Lion Dance

The Chinese lion dance is performed at a wedding reception to bless the bride and groom. After the dance is performed, the lions give gifts to bless the couple.

Czech: Dancing with the Veil

Instead of a bouquet toss, in a Czech wedding the bride will take off her veil and close her eyes. Her single friends will dance around her while she tries to catch one of them to put on the veil. The woman who is caught is said to be the next bride.

Greece: The Kalamatianó and the Tsamiko

The Kalamatianó and the Tsamiko are both Greek folk dances that take place at weddings and other celebratory events. In the Kalamatianó, dancers hold hands and move in a circle, while in the Tsamiko, dancers hold hands in a line and perform leaps and other steps.

India: Garba-Raas

Garba and Raas (or Dandiya Raas) are Indian folk dances that are performed at pre-wedding celebrations. The two dances are very similar except that Raas is danced while holding dandiya sticks (hitting your partner’s sticks to the beat of the music). Both dances are done wearing colorful costumes.

Jamaica: The Quadrille

A Jamaican wedding celebration typically includes a lot of dancing. One traditional dance is the Quadrille, which originated in Europe and became popular in the British colonies. It was adopted – and adjusted – by slaves and is still popular in Jamaica and other parts of the Caribbean today.

Judaism: The Hora

At a Jewish wedding, the bride and groom are hoisted high about the crowd on chairs by their guests, while friends and family dance around them in a circle.

New Orleans: Second Line Dance

The second line is a tradition in parades in New Orleans, Louisiana. The “first line” is the main parade, while the second line consists of dancers who follow the parade just to enjoy the music. Second lines are held for any celebratory event, include weddings.

Pakistan: Dholki and Mehndi

The Dholki is a pre-wedding celebration where guests will gather at the bride’s house to sing and dance (accompanied by percussion instruments). Sometimes there might be several dholkis for family or friends. The Mehndi is another pre-wedding ceremony where henna is symbolically placed on the couple’s hands. Later, the bride and groom’s friends and family participate in a playful song and dance competition.

Poland: The Money Dance

The “Money Dance” is actually done in several different cultures but some people believe it originated in Poland. In the traditional, wedding guests take turns dancing with the bride and donate money to the couple.

Samoa: The Taualuga

The Taualuga is a traditional Samoan dance that is danced throughout Polynesia. It symbolizes the conclusion of a monumental task and as such is often the final dance at a wedding reception.

Scotland: Ceilidh

Scottish weddings typically include several different processionals and marches. Several Ceilidh folk dances are performed such as the Circassian Circle.

Most Comfortable Shoes To Dance All Night In (Wedding Edition)

When I attend weddings, I find myself agonizing weeks before on what shoe to wear, only to be kicking them under the table by the reception so I can dance away without possible injury or embarrassment. While plenty of people opt for the shoe-ditch method, I find it to be kind of gross when you think about it. You have to worry about getting a pedicure or whether or not your feet smell. Why not have a good time while looking good as well?

I find that my go-to shoe for weddings is the simple, tasteful ballet flat. It’s dressy enough to wear with a cocktail dress and practical enough to make it through a round of “Cotton Eyed Joe”. And the great thing about ballet flats is that they’re usually on the inexpensive side and come in a huge variety of colors and styles. Here are a few that I thought would be awesome for a wedding.

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Now, if flat shoes are not appealing to you, my next choice would have to be the ever-reliable wedge. Wedges are a relatively-new style invention and offer a sexy amount of height with dance-proof practicality. Some wedges are more casual than others, so make sure you pick one that is elegant enough not to stand out like a sore thumb. You can find closed-toed, peep-toed or strappy varieties. Here are a few of my picks.

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Some weddings are a little less formal than others. If you are attending a wedding of a couple who tends to do things a little on the unorthodox side, I would recommend a good pair of Converse high or low-tops. Especially when paired with a suit, they give you a classy yet approachable look that will certainly be popular with the ladies.

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My last pick for comfortable wedding shoes is really only appropriate if you are attending a summer, beach or destination wedding. Flip Flops come in all styles, from basic and rubber to bedazzled and leather. There’s a big disagreement in the wedding world over whether or not flip flops are wedding-attire-apropro so make sure you know the personality of the newlyweds before breaking out the thongs.

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An International Guide to Popular Wedding Dances

Almost every society around the world has a passion for weddings. And whether they be elaborate, multiple-day affairs or small little shindigs, a good time is almost always had. And what good time isn’t complete without dancing? Let’s take a look at some of these wedding dance traditions all across the globe.

In Italy, the bride and groom  lead their guests in a circular jig called the tarantella. Legend has it that this energetic dance is supposed to scare away evil spirits that could wreak havoc on the bride and groom.

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In Mexico, a Mariachi band would serenade the happy couple and their guests. The tradition Mexican wedding dance, the La Marcha, which is similar to the game “follow the leader” was traditionally how the couple would make their grand entrance. Two lines, each led by an elder from each family, would dance around the room, eventually meeting to form a bridge with their arms before forming a circle around the bride and groom for their first dance.

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Moroccan newlyweds make their grand entrance in a lively wedding march called the Zaffa. Guests dance the night away to the beat of drums, and sometimes, even flaming swords are brought in to liven up the party.

Chinese brides and grooms are treated to an elaborate Lion Dance, featuring costumed performers who believed the dance would ward off evil spirits.

And finally, one of the more well-known wedding dances is the Hora, a staple at almost all Jewish weddings. To begin the dance, everybody forms a circle, holding hands, and steps forward toward the right with the left foot, then follows with the right foot. The left foot is then brought back, followed by the right foot. This is done while holding hands and circling together to the right. The dance is usually done to Israeli folk tunes, but the most well-known song it’s attributed to is the Hava Nagila.

Special thanks to The Knot for these awesome facts.

The Best Wedding Dances From Movies

Wedding movies range from romantic to funny to bittersweet… but one thing that is always memorable is the dancing! Here are some of the most memorable wedding dances from movies…

Hitch 

These dance moves from Will Smith and Kevin James are so bad, they’re good.

Wedding Crashers

This wedding montage makes wedding crashing look like a lot of fun…

The Wedding Singer

There’s nothing cheesier than an ’80s wedding!

Bridesmaids

Wilson Phillips make you want to hold on for one more day

Bend It Like Beckham

What’s the only thing more fun than dancing at your sister’s wedding? Winning your big soccer game.

Bride and Prejudice

In this Pride and Prejudice remake done Bollywood style, every dance scene is epic, but this might be the best one…

The Wedding Date 

Not technically a wedding dance, but they’re at a dance lesson before the wedding…

You Again

Another pre-wedding dance lesson, but this scene is a lot more… violent… than the one above.

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American Wedding

This scene from American Wedding is sweet…

… but this was really the best dancing moment from that film!

Why Engagement Rings Are a Scam

If you’re here, and you’re searching for a wedding dance for your wedding, then this video probably finds you too late. But you can still share it with your friends, right?

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Something Old, Something New…Learn These Wedding Moves!

The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and what better time is it than to get hitched! As Save the Dates are piling up on my refrigerator, it has become clear to me that Wedding Season is in full swing. Weddings can be the most looked-forward to event of the summer: single sexy wedding goers, delicious food and unlimited drinks, fun music, and yep, you guessed it…dancing! To ensure that your summertime wedding experience is as great as it can be, it’s crucial that you feel comfortable on the dance floor. Be familiar with these popular wedding dances so that when the time comes, you’re prepared to leave the crab cakes behind and dance the night away.

YMCA

Cupid Shuffle

Cha Cha Slide

Electric Slide

Shout

Wobble

 

And if these videos haven’t taught you enough, take a cue from Owen and Vince:

Wedding Crashers rules on dancing:

Rule #39: The way to a woman’s bed is through the dance floor.

Rule #40: Dance with old folks and the kids. The girls will think you’re “sweet.”

Rule #68: Dance with the Bride’s grandmother.

Rule #91: Never dance to “What I Like About You.” It’s long past time to let that song go. Someone will request it at every wedding. Don’t dance to it. No matter how hot the girl.

Rule #95: Try not to show off on the dance floor. This means you Jeremy.

 

Now loosen up that tie, lace up those shiny shoes, and get to groovin’ with the happy couple!