The Wedding Anniversary Dance

Couple During Anniversary Dance

What is the anniversary dance at a wedding?

Wedding reception traditions are beginning to get a bit dated. How many of your girlfriends are fighting to win the bouquet toss or are men scrambling for the garter? But there is one traditional reception activity that I am quite partial to: The Anniversary Dance. This is a great way for your wedding DJ to get people on the dance floor and celebrate longevity in marriage with usually slow wedding music. The Anniversary Dance works best if you have a lot of guests who have been married for a long time.

How does the anniversary dance work?

Your wedding DJ will invite all married couples to the dance floor to share a dance with the newlyweds, usually with slow wedding music. Once the dance floor is full, your DJ will politely ask couples (except the bride & groom) who’ve been married less than 1 year, then 5 years, then 10 years, etc. to please leave the dance floor.

The Bride & Groom will be left dancing with the couple that has been married the longest (usually grandparents). Your DJ will get a round of applause for them and then ask them if they have any advice for you (since they’ve got more experience than anyone else in the room).

Couples During Anniversary Dance at Inn at St. John's

What song should we choose?

You could use any wedding music or songs you might want, but it’s best with a slow song that is enjoyed by all ages of married couples. Our Mike Staff Productions DJs put together a Spotify playlist of some of the best options for the anniversary dance at your wedding reception.

    1. Can’t Help Falling in love – Elvis Presley
    2. (Everything I Do) I Do It For Your – Bryan Adams
    3. Through The Years – Kenny Rogers
    4. The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
    5. Remember When – Alan Jackson
    6. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – James Taylor
    7. Forever and For Always – Shania Twain
    8. I Was Made For Loving You – Tori Kelly, Ed Sheeran
    9. At Last – Etta James
    10. Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
    11. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes – The Platters
    12. It Had to Be You – Harry Connick, Jr.
    13. The Rest of Our Life – Tim McGraw, Faith Hill
    14. Still Crazy After All These Years – Paul Simon
    15. As Time Goes By – Billie Holiday
    16. Endless Love – Lionel Richie, Diana Ross
    17. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
    18. The Best Is Yet To Come – Michael Buble
    19. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole

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