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Alternatives to Traditional Wedding Dances

You may have this dance

These days, families come in all shapes and sizes—step families, blended families, same-sex families, single-parent families, foster families, and more. Just as there is no one-size-fits-all family, there’s no one way to incorporate a wedding tradition into your big day. The father-daughter dance is one of the most common scheduled wedding dances beloved by many, but it may not work for every bride. We’ve come up with five fresh takes on this classic dance, so you can tailor it to suit your wonderfully unique family.

Generations dance

Pay tribute to marriage through the years with this popular dance. Here’s how it works: the emcee invites all married couples onto the dance floor. After a bit of time, the DJ asks all couples married less than a year to exit the dance floor. This will continue through five years, ten years, twenty years, and on, until only one couple is left. It’s a beautiful tribute to lasting love, and a fitting way to kick off your new marriage.

Mother-daughter dance

Show mom just how much you adore her by saving her a dance. There are so many sweet songs about mothers and daughters, so you can choose one that speaks to your special relationship. If you’re looking for a recommendation, we’re big fans of Taylor Swift’s “The Best Day.”

Bestie dance

Your most cherished pal has been there for you through thick and thin, so why not take them for a spin on the dance floor and celebrate your friendship?

Family dance

Perhaps there’s another man or woman in your family you’d like to honor. Ask one, or all, of your favorite relatives to bust a move with you. After all, group dances are always more fun.

Skip it

Maybe none of these options resonate with you, and that’s ok! Forgoing the dance altogether is always an option. The day belongs to you and your true love, which means you get to customize it however you choose.

Don’t forget a comfortable pair shoes to wear during your wedding dance! Take a look at our favorite casual-chic styles.

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