All About the Money Dance


Bring up the topic of including the money dance in your reception festivities on a wedding forum and the bridal wars quickly erupt. Depending on which side of the heated debate you are on, the custom is either traditionally timeless or totally tacky.

Those who fiercely support the idea cite longstanding cultural traditions and love the idea of being able to spend a few individual moments with guests. Brides who have never participated in the ritual deem it as  impolite to ask guests for more money.

A bride covered in cash during the wedding money dance.

The money dance is an eagerly anticipated festivity at many weddings around the world.

Browsing through hundreds of comments, I have come to the conclusion that this cultural tradition is simply misunderstood. In Louisiana, where I grew up, Cajun wedding guests consider it an honor to fork over a few dollar bills for the opportunity to twirl around the dance floor with the bride or groom. The money goes toward funding the couple’s honeymoon or helping them to start a small nest egg. Although most guests pin $1 or $5 bills to the couple’s clothing, some save their large wedding gift for this special moment. In is not uncommon to see a parrain (godfather) kissing the bride’s cheek as he secures a $100 bill to her dress.

Despite its controversy among  American brides, the wedding dance is a celebrated part of the wedding reception festivities throughout the world, from South America to the Pacific Islands to Southern Europe. It is especially popular in the Philippines and Poland.

Whether you are looking for more information on the cultural origins of this tradition, you need ideas on how to incorporate the money dance into your celebration or you are searching for the right money dance songs to boogie to, I’ve compiled all the information you need on the About.com Wedding Traditions channel.

See how modern couples are incorporating this festive tradition into their receptions at the Traditions Wedding Blog Pinterest board on the Wedding Money Dance.

Money Dance

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