Money Dance

Part of the wedding day festivities includes the money dance. We understand that not everyone is familiar with such a dance, so we have put this together to help explain it. We will also include a dollar at your table so everyone can participate!

Who:

All guests are invited, not required, to participate.

What:

The money dance, dollar dance, or apron dance is an event at wedding receptions in various cultures. During a money dance, guests pay to dance briefly with the bride. The custom originated in Poland in the early 1900s. Traditionally, a babuska and an apron is placed on the bride to symbolize her new role as a housewife. Since it’s the 21st century we will instead include these items as a symbol of love and respect for our ancestors and heritage.

When:

After the other traditional dances take place and everyone has had a chance to enjoy the reception. We will not be doing the carter or bouquet toss, so this dance will take it’s place.

Why:

Mainly because of tradition; Nick’s Mother Camil did the money dance at her wedding, as did a good part of Nick’s family. Although not planned, Lisa’s Grandmother Patricia did the dance at her wedding as well. Also, Lisa wanted to dance with as many of her guests as possible.  The money collected will be used during the bride and groom’s honeymoon!

How:

DJ announces; the Bride and Bridesmaids will go to the center of the dance floor. Our cousin, Merissa has saved the Babuska that Nick’s mother once gave her, she will tie it to Lisa’s head. One bridesmaid will be wearing an apron and the line will form behind her. The best man and man of honor will start the dance off. When it’s your turn, hand the bridesmaid with the apron the money and you will have a quick dance with the bride. Once the dance is complete hold hands with the last person who danced and begin to form a circle around the bride. If enough people participate we may need two circles! The Groom will try to break through the circle and carry the bride off. The party continues!