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Okay, this trend is obviously not for everybody! But for those even considering a dance down the aisle to spice up the ceremony, don’t count the idea out just yet. The chaos of planning a wedding, especially for the bride and her bridal party, can become stressful and at times exhausting. Dancing down the aisle to start the wedding ceremony is such a unique way to celebrate the day finally arriving and loosen up any nerves or tension some may be feeling at the beginning of the day. A couple’s wedding should be nothing less than a beautiful and fun memory! 

When it’s appropriate:

This decision is perfect for couples that are outgoing and spontaneous, especially if they have a comfortable relationship with the person performing the ceremony, such as a close family friend or minister that one of them knew growing up. If both of the bride and grooms’ families are lighthearted and open to the idea, the couple has a great window to add in a dance down the aisle. I saw a few videos of the immediate family members each having their spotlight down the aisle and thought it was hilarious when executed correctly. However, no one should be forced to participate! If someone is uncomfortably dancing down the aisle, the mood will be affected. Of course, people may have their own personal opinions on whether or not it’s a good idea, but remember at the end of the day the bride and groom should be calling the shots instead of people-pleasing. If the couple wants to dance; let them dance!

How it works:

If you’ve seen The Office, then you’ve probably watched the iconic scene of Jim and Pam’s wedding where each character danced down the aisle to start the ceremony. This trend has been done in many different variations, and if you’re considering it then I highly suggest digging on YouTube for some inspiration. It makes sense for the groom to come out first so that the bridesmaids and groomsmen can follow, and then let the bride and the person giving her away have their reveal and dance party at the end. I saw a few videos of the bride and groom dancing back up the aisle as they left the ceremony, which is also cute and stays within the fun but more traditional etiquette. I would recommend keeping this plan a surprise for the majority of the guests attending! It’s a great icebreaker for guests of either the bride or groom to talk about at the reception.

Song suggestions:

It’s most common to dance down the aisle to an upbeat and wholesome song – family friendly if there are children present! In the infamous episode of The Office, everyone danced to the song “Forever” by Chris Brown, which was perfect as the lyrics reflected their forever commitment to each other made at the ceremony. If you want something simpler, the song “Walking On Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves is a sweet and cheerful option to set the tone for the day and get everyone smiling. Here are some more adorable options that seem perfect for this moment:

  • “You’re The One That I Want” by Olivia-Newton John
  • “The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson
  • “Good as Hell” by Lizzo
  • “Love On Top” by Beyoncé
  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake
  • “Hey Ya!” by Outkast

Remember, you can always cut the music if it’s too long or if it has a verse that doesn’t quite match the rest of the song. Another tip: replay the song at the reception towards the end of the night! Everyone will get a laugh and the song will be such a sweet memory of the evening.

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