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Shaking Up Tradition: Why Special Dances at Weddings Should Be Done Backward

Shaking Up Tradition:
Why Special Dances at Weddings Should Be Done Backward

In the realm of weddings, tradition reigns supreme, though a lot of traditions are being changed or removed, most are still in place in one for or the other. From the white dress to the tiered cake, there’s a prescribed order for nearly every aspect of the celebration. Yet, at Epoch Moment, we pride ourselves on challenging the status quo and creating unforgettable moments that defy convention. One such tradition we’ve turned on its head is the order of the special dances as we believe we have a better way.

Traditionally, the first dance belongs to the bride and groom, followed by the father-daughter dance, and concluding with the mother-son dance. However, at Epoch Moment, we prefer to flip the script, starting with the mother-son dance, followed by the father-daughter dance, and saving the bride and groom’s dance for last. The “first dance” does NOT have to mean the first dance of the evening… Instead it means the ‘first dance’ as a married couple. 

The “first dance” does NOT have to mean the first dance of the evening… Instead it means the ‘first dance’ as a married couple. 

Why, you ask? Allow us to illuminate the brilliance behind this unconventional approach.

First and foremost, beginning with the mother-son dance sets the stage for a poignant and heartwarming moment. As the groom takes his mother’s hand and leads her onto the dance floor, it symbolizes a transition, a passing of the torch from one family to another. It’s a beautiful gesture that creates a profound connection between the groom and his mother, setting the tone for the evening ahead.

Next up is the father-daughter dance, a time-honored tradition cherished by many. By placing this dance second, we create another significant moment of connection. As the bride dances with her father, there’s a palpable sense of love and pride in the air. But here’s where the magic happens – as the dance concludes, keep dad on the dance floor as the groom walks out and we seamlessly transition into the father handing the bride off to her groom. It’s a subtle yet powerful gesture, symbolizing the bride’s transition from her father’s care to her husband’s embrace.

But perhaps the most practical reason for this reversal lies in the logistics. By saving the bride and groom’s dance for last, we ensure that they are the focal point of the evening. We can carefully craft the lighting and find the perfect angles to capture this special moment, ensuring that the photographs are nothing short of spectacular. And as the dance comes to a close, it serves as a natural segue for the DJ to kick off the reception and get guests on the dance floor with the bride and groom, ready to celebrate the newlyweds.

In the end, it’s about more than just shaking up tradition – it’s about crafting moments that are meaningful, memorable, and uniquely tailored to each couple’s unique vision and personalities. So the next time you find yourself at an Epoch Wedding, don’t be surprised if the special dances unfold in reverse order. Embrace the unexpected, and prepare to witness a love story told in dance.

What do you think?
Reverse order makes more sense and creates more impactful moments?
Or leave tradition alone and the bride and groom must dance first?

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Shaking Up Tradition:
Why Special Dances at Weddings Should Be Done Backward

In the realm of weddings, tradition reigns supreme, though a lot of traditions are being changed or removed, most are still in place in one for or the other. From the white dress to the tiered cake, there’s a prescribed order for nearly every aspect of the celebration. Yet, at Epoch Moment, we pride ourselves on challenging the status quo and creating unforgettable moments that defy convention. One such tradition we’ve turned on its head is the order of the special dances as we believe we have a better way.

Traditionally, the first dance belongs to the bride and groom, followed by the father-daughter dance, and concluding with the mother-son dance. However, at Epoch Moment, we prefer to flip the script, starting with the mother-son dance, followed by the father-daughter dance, and saving the bride and groom’s dance for last. The “first dance” does NOT have to mean the first dance of the evening… Instead it means the ‘first dance’ as a married couple. 

The “first dance” does NOT have to mean the first dance of the evening… Instead it means the ‘first dance’ as a married couple. 

Why, you ask? Allow us to illuminate the brilliance behind this unconventional approach.

First and foremost, beginning with the mother-son dance sets the stage for a poignant and heartwarming moment. As the groom takes his mother’s hand and leads her onto the dance floor, it symbolizes a transition, a passing of the torch from one family to another. It’s a beautiful gesture that creates a profound connection between the groom and his mother, setting the tone for the evening ahead.

Next up is the father-daughter dance, a time-honored tradition cherished by many. By placing this dance second, we create another significant moment of connection. As the bride dances with her father, there’s a palpable sense of love and pride in the air. But here’s where the magic happens – as the dance concludes, keep dad on the dance floor as the groom walks out and we seamlessly transition into the father handing the bride off to her groom. It’s a subtle yet powerful gesture, symbolizing the bride’s transition from her father’s care to her husband’s embrace.

But perhaps the most practical reason for this reversal lies in the logistics. By saving the bride and groom’s dance for last, we ensure that they are the focal point of the evening. We can carefully craft the lighting and find the perfect angles to capture this special moment, ensuring that the photographs are nothing short of spectacular. And as the dance comes to a close, it serves as a natural segue for the DJ to kick off the reception and get guests on the dance floor with the bride and groom, ready to celebrate the newlyweds.

In the end, it’s about more than just shaking up tradition – it’s about crafting moments that are meaningful, memorable, and uniquely tailored to each couple’s unique vision and personalities. So the next time you find yourself at an Epoch Wedding, don’t be surprised if the special dances unfold in reverse order. Embrace the unexpected, and prepare to witness a love story told in dance.

What do you think?
Reverse order makes more sense and creates more impactful moments?
Or leave tradition alone and the bride and groom must dance first?

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