As with any other wedding rite, dancing at a wedding reception has a traditional order. However, due to some circumstances these days, that traditional order is more likely to be altered by the couple themselves. The traditional sequencing may prove to be awkward or unrecompensed for cases like divorced parents or missing guardians. In most ceremonies these days, only the first dance, which is of the couple’s, is followed. What comes after can be determined by the couple. Some may opt to have the entourage join them. In other cases, the guests may follow suit. The sequencing of dances in wedding has become more informal, but then, whatever works for the couple should be prioritized.
The traditional first dance of the newlyweds usually takes place after the main course is served. The couple will have their traditional cake cutting ceremony, and the master of ceremonies will then announce that the couple will do their first dance. After the couple dances, a lot of weddings now have the wedding entourage do a full dance number too. This would require the participation of a lot of people some of which may not have the time for rehearsals, whole some might opt out of it because they don’t feel skilled enough to dance. It may also cost because a choreographer may have to be hired to teach the dance to the entourage.
While the couple is doing the first dance, no one else is allowed to cut in or get in the dance floor. It will be the emcee who should announce who will get to dance next, after the full dance of the couple is through. The emcee will also tell the guests when it will be fine for the rest to join the dancing. The sequence should be made clear to the emcee by the couple, who have decided on the sequence beforehand. Read more related wedding information on dance floor rentals and church wedding decoration ideas.