NO Line Dances at MY wedding!
Have you had that thought? You are not alone, that is a fairly common thought when I meet with couples. Here is some food for thought though. When planning a wedding reception you have to realize that basically you are throwing a huge, expensive and extravagant party for your friends. While it’s in celebration of your love for each other, it’s just that, a big party for your friends. What do your friends want to do? Line dance! I don’t get it either but what I do know is, within the first few bars of the Cha Cha Slide, or as soon as Silento says “you already know what this is” in “Watch Me”, your guests are dropping what they are doing to come to the dance floor. Nothing fills the dance floor faster than organized dancing.
Since the dawn of music, organized synchronized dancing has been all the rage. You might think that it’s something new but think back to the 50’s and 60’s when people would “Stroll” or do the “Mashed Potato” or the Twist. The 70’s gave us the “Hustle” and other disco hits. The 80’s gave us the “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” and that dreaded CHICKEN DANCE!!! The 90’s saw the “Electric Slide”, the “Macarena” and of course the “Cotton Eyed Joe”. More Currently we have the “Cha Cha Slide”, the “Cupid Shuffle”, or dances like the “Wop”, “Wobble” or the “Whip and Nae Nae”. What do all of those dances have in common you ask? They get people dancing and having a good time. I think people in general want to be a part of a group, they want to have fun, and they don’t want to really have to think about things. Line dancing takes care of that. If you don’t know how to do it, follow the person in front of you.
Back to the moral of this blog, you don’t want line dancing at your wedding? Why? Are you afraid that your sophisticated event won’t be as sophisticated if people are doing a line dance? Do you simply hate the songs? Do you not know how to do them and are afraid that you might look silly if dragged on the dance floor? Let me assure you, your guests will have fun doing them and honestly if your guests are having fun, they will stay longer. As somebody that has to hear these songs multiple times every single weekend, I literally have them stuck in my head and have woken up in the middle of a dream (more like a nightmare) of people doing the cha cha slide, I “suck it up” because I know the majority of the guests want to hear them. If you are unsure about how to do them, I have a section on my website that will teach you how just click here.
To wrap this up, I hate line dancing just as much as the next person but I know with almost absolute certainly that a line dance song will fill the dance floor. I know that I will be asked over and over again with requests for line dance songs until I play them, and then I will be asked to play them again after I do play them. So you have to ask yourself, is your hatred of a song, and vision of how you think a line dance song will portray your wedding reception, worth denying your guests the fun they seek? You will probably be getting pulled away by Aunt Millie anyways so she can tell you how beautiful you look and Uncle Wilfred asking when you are going to cut the cake to notice what songs are playing anyways. Let them dance, just maybe they will stick around longer.