What is the Generations Dance?
It’s About Celebrating Love and Commitment
Wedding receptions are a time for celebration. You’re likely to have guests at your reception who are married couples, old and young. The Generations Dance is a fun way to celebrate their continued commitment to each other as they support you in your new adventure known as married life.
Here’s how it works
The DJ invites all married couples onto the dance floor (including you!) and starts a slow-dance love song to officially kick off the Generations Dance. After about 30 seconds into the dance, couples who have been married less than a day (you!) leave the dance floor. Then, 30 seconds later, couples married less than a year are asked to exit the dance floor. Then, 5 years, 10 years, 20 years and so on until only one couple remains. It’s a wonderful moment to see the final couple out there on the dance floor still going strong — both in dancing and in their marriage. The last couples on the dance floor are often grandparents of the bride or groom, which is a great way to acknowledge members of the family who don’t get much attention at weddings, compared to parents and the bridal party. You’re reminding your married guests about their wedding while celebrating yours. We love the Generations Dance and recommend it in most cases.
So why wouldn’t you do it?
While we love this dance, there are a few reasons why you might choose to not include the Generations Dance at your wedding. The first would be if there aren’t many married couples at your wedding. This might be the case if your wedding guests are mostly your friends and you’re the first of your friends to get married. It might be awkward if when the DJ invites all married couples to dance floor, only you two and another couple go up! The other reason would be if there is a lot of recent divorce among your wedding guests and the Generations Dance does more to highlight those situations than it does the happily married couples.
Song Ideas for the Generations Dance
- “Unchained Melody” – Righteous Brothers
- “That’s How Strong My Love Is” – Otis Redding
- “Remember When” – Alan Jackson
- “The Luckiest” – Ben Folds
- “Stay With You” – John Legend
- “Through the Years” – Kenny Rogers
- “You Had Me From Hello” – Kenny Chesney
- “Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Elvis Presley
- “It Had To Be You” – Harry Connick, Jr.
- “I Just Want to Dance With You” – George Strait
- “Into the Mystic” – Van Morrison
- “Unforgettable” – Nat King Cole
- “Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran
- “From the Ground Up” – Dan + Shay
- “The Way You Look Tonight” – Frank Sinatra
Are you considering the Generations Dance at your wedding? What song are you choosing?
Photo Credit for Bottom Photo: Tai Nunez