A Less-Than-Graceful Moment: 4 Ways to Survive Wedding Reception Dancing!

Sometimes Gracefully

 Darrin and I celebrated the wedding nuptials of my sweet cousin over the weekend, and we had such an awesome time catching up with family, eating food that wasn’t cooked in a microwave, and dancing our little hearts out. I’m always thanking the good Lord that Darrin is comfortable twerking it out on the dance floor with me. And by “twerking it,” I most certainly mean something that resembles the exact opposite of that somewhat terrifying Miley Cyrus dance move. We love weddings, and we love dancing. Sure, our go-to moves are often times “the sprinkler” or “the shopping cart,” but, we figure, why not keep a good thing going?

Of course, wedding reception dancing is wrought with embarrassing and less-than-graceful moments. Moments that don’t even include the actual “dancing” itself. So here is my brief little survival guide for you, should you find yourself on the dance floor with images of Gene Kelly and Patrick Swayze literally dancing in your head:

  1. Be sure to give yourself at least one, full arm’s length radius between you and the rest of society: Dancing, if you’re unabashed and out of control like me and Darrin, requires a lot of space so that you can successfully execute the pretend-like-this-is-cool fist pumping, arm swirling, and other strange motions. Making sure that you have at least an arm’s length distance between you and the 65 year old grandma on your left will also ensure that you do not awkwardly brush your hand against her butt in mid-arm swirl. Always a bonus.
  2. Before you decide to rock out to One Direction, be sure to bring an adult friend with you onto the dance floor, or risk jamming to the tween band with a small pack of middle-school girls: I think this one speaks for itself.
  3. Locate all exits and/or balconies before proceeding onto the dance floor: If you’re awesome and unembarrassed dance partner tends to work up a sweat while dancing, knowing where the nearest “cool down” spots are located are a must. As is making the time to actually cool down…your face {that doesn’t want to get sprayed by the sweat beads streaming down your husband’s dance partner’s face} will thank you.
  4. Consider lace carefully: If you can, avoid wearing a particularly lacey dress that will easily find itself attached to your husband’s suit coat button in the middle of the upbeat “Shake It Off” by Miss T-Swift herself. The whole “my-dress-is-awkwardly-caught-on-your-button-please-stop-moving-or-we’ll-be-sure-to-give-this-crowd-a-real-show” sequence really cramps any and all kinds of grooves. Just thought I’d warn ya.

So there you have it. A brief survival guide by yours truly that was may or may not have been based on real life events. Hope you have a great rest of your Monday!


  • Reply Reanna Clark October 20, 2014 at 8:27 am

    The sprinkler and the shopping cart are undoubtedly some of the finest moves there are!

  • Reply Tanya October 21, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    I love the dress.


  • Reply Sarah-Louise B January 12, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    I think a video clip would REALLY add to this post 😉

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