7.30.2010

Dollar Dance

For a recent article on provincial wedding customs in C-Ville Weekly, I chose to illustrate an odd little practice from my home state of Ohio...The Dollar Dance, where attendees at the reception pay a dollar each to dance with the bride for a couple minutes, with the collection ostensibly to be spent on the honeymoon.

Any of you out there familiar with this one...or have any of your own to share?

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've seen that at every wedding I've been to. I live in California. I don't think it's an Ohio thing...

punch-drunk said...

Agreed. Been a tradition at all the California wedding's I've been to.

They did manage to botch it at a Hawaiian wedding, tho.

Robert Ullman said...

Weird. I read someplace that it was Ohio-centric...and the only weddings where I've seen it done have been in Ohio! Hence my confusion...

Anonymous said...

i heard it was a mexican thing. the groom wear the multi pocket guayabera shirts, and people stuff money in the pockets. for the bride, people some how pin money to her dress.

Anonymous said...

I grew up in Michigan. We did the dollar dance at every wedding. I moved to Atlanta twenty years ago and have not seen that custom in the South.

Anonymous said...

When my friend got married and they did the Money dance... the bride was covered in $1, $5 and even a few $100 from head to toe... she was covered in money...

the groom however.. nobody danced with him except for his mom and the bride.

Steve626 said...

we do that in Pittsburgh. I'm getting married in 2 weeks and we are trying to see if there will be enough time for us to do it. I figure people giving my wife dollar bills one last time won't hurt ; )

Matt said...

I live in New York and I've never been to a wedding where they did the dollar dance. At my wedding, we did this one dance where, as the DJ announced increasingly larger years ("10, "15," etc.), each couple would have to sit down when their anniversary was called. In the end, the couple who were dancing last (i.e. married the longest), got a nice bottle of wine from my new wife and I. My grandparents were thrilled (52 years married!).

strugglingwriter said...

We have that in Central PA also. Had it at our wedding. A bunch of people even tied the dollars into bows. It took me a while to untie all of those.

Anonymous said...

Seen it in VA, PA, OK.....of course the bag of cash which had been amassed during the dances disappeared, but that's another story...

Brian said...

Isn't the dollar dance a Polish tradition?

Adam Korengold said...

We've seen it a lot in Western PA. Sometimes the dancers get a shot of schnapps to down before they dance.