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Money Dance?

Are you guys gonna have a money dance at the reception?

My gut screams, "Tacky! Poor taste!" when I think about it, but my head says, "If the guests don't think it's tacky, you're a fool for not jumping on the wagon..."

What are you guys planning to do?

Wow. I left to go Christmas shopping and came back to find all those comments! Eek!

First of all, I really wasn't intending to be inflammatory on any level. I truly apologize if my word choice offended anyone.

The tradition was something I'd never even heard of until my two wedding planner-type ladies mentioned it. They didn't indicate that it was any type of cultural thing. They actually said everyone does it and thought we'd be crazy not to.

Well, since I knew that my family a) had never included a money/dollar dance in their celebrations, and b) are also incredibly uptight about money, I figured I'd ask you folks how common it is and get a feel from there...

All I know is that it sounds like a tradition that my immediate family would prefer I opt out of - and the last thing I need from them is another fight about the wedding! I guess I'll just stick with my own family's tradition of treating money (and the taking thereof) as a very private, personal, taboo subject.


Dec. 16th, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
I'm from the Midwest and have NEVER seen it done. and I've been to a lot of weddings. I also come from a tradition of not giving registry gifts but BUTT LOADS of money (It's a chicago thing) In Chicago the norm is giving the cost of your dinner plate plus a generous addition to that... So yea. To me, Money dances are tacky because you're already giving them upwards of $200....

But, It's a regional cultural thing. So, If you've seen it done many times, by all means go for it. But if you're not used to it, it's best you skip it.
Dec. 16th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
see, i'm also from the midwest (chicago area) and have never not seen it done at a wedding.
Dec. 17th, 2007 03:47 am (UTC)
Sorry - born and raised Chicagoan and have seen it done at pretty much every wedding I have been to. I too am Polish so again, cultural.
Dec. 17th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
interesting---i am a chicagoan/midwesterner myself and have been to lots of weddings and since my fiance is polish i have been to some POLISH polish weddings and have NEVER seen the money dance. i had never heard of it until this thread.

i think this must be a very inconsistent tradition. haha.


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