Weddings Anniversary Dance

mystique96

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Mar 31, 2011
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I am doing a wedding this Saturday where the Bride wants to do a Anniversary Dance and at the end she wants to give the longest married couple the Bouquet. What are some variations on how some of you do this within the reception?

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Tyrone Carver
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BlueLineDJ

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I don't know much variation to it. I just know that After about a minute, I ask anyone that has been married less than 12 hours to have a seat. Of course, that always gets a chuckle. Then from there I do it in five year intervals usually.
 

TwinSpinDJ

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I usually select three songs: one for those who have been married 0-10 years, one for those married 30 years, one for longest married couple. Bride & Groom are tasked with finding out who the longest married couple would be and how long the were married and what their "special" dance song was. I choose the songs for 10 years and 20 years. I ask all married couples to join the newest married couple on the dance floor. At some point during the early part of the evening I usually make an announcement that it might be a good idea for all Husbands to make sure they know how long they have been married because they will need to know that number later in the evening. When it's time to do the Anniversary Dance I explain about all married couples including the B&G are invited to the dance floor for this special dance. I will be calling out numbers during the dance that correspond to the number of married years. When you number has been called, please move to the edge of the dance floor so that when finished the remaining two couples on the dance floor will be the Longest married couple and the newest married couple. Start with music selection number one and let it play about a minute and then start calling out numbers. I usually say "those who have been married less than 5 years please raise your hands." I then ask them to move to the edge of the dance floor. I then start the upward counting...those who have been married 10 years or less. I fade into the next selection and begin from where I left off. Once the floor really thins out...maybe 5 or 6 couples left on the dance floor, I fade into the final song selection. Again, call out the numbers until you have only the Bride & Groom and Longest Married Couple. Stop the music and head over to the longest married couple and with the wireless microphone and ask if they would like to share there thoughts on how they have stayed married so long. If not comments, then I hand the Bride a special bouquet of carnations (Bride has purchased ahead of time). I tell them via the microphone that the bride has a gift for the longest married couple (she presents the longest married bride with the bouquet). That's all there is to it.
 

mystique96

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Mar 31, 2011
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I usually select three songs: one for those who have been married 0-10 years, one for those married 30 years, one for longest married couple. Bride & Groom are tasked with finding out who the longest married couple would be and how long the were married and what their "special" dance song was. I choose the songs for 10 years and 20 years. I ask all married couples to join the newest married couple on the dance floor. At some point during the early part of the evening I usually make an announcement that it might be a good idea for all Husbands to make sure they know how long they have been married because they will need to know that number later in the evening. When it's time to do the Anniversary Dance I explain about all married couples including the B&G are invited to the dance floor for this special dance. I will be calling out numbers during the dance that correspond to the number of married years. When you number has been called, please move to the edge of the dance floor so that when finished the remaining two couples on the dance floor will be the Longest married couple and the newest married couple. Start with music selection number one and let it play about a minute and then start calling out numbers. I usually say "those who have been married less than 5 years please raise your hands." I then ask them to move to the edge of the dance floor. I then start the upward counting...those who have been married 10 years or less. I fade into the next selection and begin from where I left off. Once the floor really thins out...maybe 5 or 6 couples left on the dance floor, I fade into the final song selection. Again, call out the numbers until you have only the Bride & Groom and Longest Married Couple. Stop the music and head over to the longest married couple and with the wireless microphone and ask if they would like to share there thoughts on how they have stayed married so long. If not comments, then I hand the Bride a special bouquet of carnations (Bride has purchased ahead of time). I tell them via the microphone that the bride has a gift for the longest married couple (she presents the longest married bride with the bouquet). That's all there is to it.
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rickryan.com

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I usually interview the longest married couple. Ask them their names, how long they've been married, etc. I then tell them, "Look at this young couple. They have no idea what they've gotten themselves into. They need some advice and since you're the experts, I need you to give it to them." I then hand them the mic and go back to my desk. As soon as they've finished I ask for applause then launch into the first dance song.
 
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DJ TJ

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I think you should talk to the bride about rethinking giving the bouquet to the longest married couple.
The bouquet should be for what it's always been for. Tell her she might risk pissing off all the single ladies to give it to a couple where it has no meaning.
It's probably too late now, but I would have done my best to talk her out of it when she first mentioned it. I think honouring the longest married couple is a great idea and as we all know is not uncommon at weddings, I just think it's meaningless to give them the bouquet and wrecks another highlight of the night.I would suggest to her that if she really cares about the institution of marriage and really wants to honour the longest married couple she should find another way like giving some other kind of small gift or I would even offer to coordinate a toast and a special dance for them or something along those lines.
 
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TwinSpinDJ

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I think you should talk to the bride about rethinking giving the bouquet to the longest married couple.
The bouquet should be for what it's always been for. Tell her she might risk pissing off all the single ladies to give it to a couple where it has no meaning.
It's probably too late now, but I would have done my best to talk her out of it when she first mentioned it. I think honouring the longest married couple is a great idea and as we all know is not uncommon at weddings, I just think it's meaningless to give them the bouquet and wrecks another highlight of the night.I would suggest to her that if she really cares about the institution of marriage and really wants to honour the longest married couple she should find another way like giving some other kind of small gift or I would even offer to coordinate a toast and a special dance for them or something along those lines.
No...misinterpreted my comment. I neglected to mention that during the programming meeting IF they choose to do the Anniversary dance, that she consider buying a small bouquet to acknowledge the longest married bride. She keeps the wedding bouquet for the Bouquet Toss. Sorry.
 
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steve149

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I think it was mentioned earlier in the garter thread, around here a lot less bridal bouquet tosses anyway (my daughter didn't do one last year), so giving it to the oldest couple is just setting new traditions.
 

ittigger

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Feb 1, 2011
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I think it was mentioned earlier in the garter thread, around here a lot less bridal bouquet tosses anyway (my daughter didn't do one last year), so giving it to the oldest couple is just setting new traditions.
Possibly. We'll have to see if it becomes a tradition. :)
 

mystique96

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Mar 31, 2011
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Everything went well with The Anniversary Dance, Bouquet exchange. The Bride was very Happy!
Thank you everyone for your suggestions! :)
 
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Ausumm

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I think you should talk to the bride about rethinking giving the bouquet to the longest married couple.
The bouquet should be for what it's always been for. Tell her she might risk pissing off all the single ladies to give it to a couple where it has no meaning.
(I know Tigger already went there...but)

Most couples I work for these days don't even do a garter/bouquet toss.
This is probably their way of doing SOMETHING with the bouquet.
 

ittigger

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I think that was Steve-O. I still have a bit of G/B toss's - I agree with your statement though. I also agree that it might upset some of the single ladies.
 

TwinSpinDJ

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To be honest, I can't remember the last time I did a Garter Removal/Toss. The Bouquet Toss has replaced it these days.
 
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DJ Bobcat

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To be honest, I can't remember the last time I did a Garter Removal/Toss. The Bouquet Toss has replaced it these days.
As I've gotten older, I too find that I'm more likely to remove my garter and put it nearly away in my garter drawer (rather than toss it). I don't carry a bouquet, but I'm sure I would NEVER toss it if I did. I'd want it to last, and nothing fares well when tossed about.
 
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steve149

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andywilson

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May 19, 2010
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Would it not be better for the couples when their number is called to keep dancing through the rest of the songs ? That way you will have a full dance floor celebrating with the bride & groom to the very end instead of people having to sit down after their song is finished.
 

TwinSpinDJ

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Would it not be better for the couples when their number is called to keep dancing through the rest of the songs ? That way you will have a full dance floor celebrating with the bride & groom to the very end instead of people having to sit down after their song is finished.
The object is to have the dance floor empty at the end except for the longest married couple and the Bride & Groom (most recent married couple). Most don't. They move to the edge or sit down.