Debating which traditions to keep at your wedding, and which to skip?
Unsurprisingly, we're fans of any wedding traditions that get people out on the dance floor. That's why we're big supporters of the Anniversary Dance. It's a fun way to recognize the longest-married couple and give the newlyweds a goal to aspire to!
What is an Anniversary Dance?
The Anniversary Dance is a fun wedding tradition that honors the couples who have been married longest.
When the song starts, your wedding DJ will invite all the married couples to the dance floor. At short intervals, the couples who have been married for a certain amount of time will be dismissed, from shortest to longest. So couples married for less than a month will leave the dance floor first (that means you, newlyweds!). Then those married less than a year, five years, ten years, and so on.
Near the end, you'll have just a handful of couples left—the ones who have been married the longest and can show the rest of us how it's done. If you like, you can have a special gift for the last couple standing. They could have been 50, even 60 years, and that's worth celebrating!
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Picking an Anniversary Dance Song
An anniversary song is usually going to be slow. Remember that some of your oldest guests will be participating, and we don't want any injuries! Also think about longevity when you make your choice. The idea is to recognize those couples who have made their marriages last. So lyrics about long-term love are the way to go.
Here are 10 modern and 10 classic wedding anniversary dance songs we love for a little inspiration.
Modern Anniversary Dance Songs
Millionaire by Chris Stapleton
Perfect by Ed Sheeran
You're Still The One by Shania Twain
You Make It Easy by Jason Aldean
Beautiful Crazy by Luke Combs
Forever and Ever, Amen by Randy Travis
You and Me by Dave Matthews
Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton
All of Me by John Legend
Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
Classic Anniversary Dance Songs
The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra
Can't Help Falling In Love by Elvis (or one of the many covers!)
You Are the Sunshine of My Life by Stevie Wonder
Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton
Unforgettable by Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole
Stand By Me by Ben E King
This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) by Natalie Cole
You Send Me by Sam Cooke
Still Crazy After All These Years by Paul Simon
As Time Goes By by Billie Holiday
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The Anniversary Dance and Your DJ
This is a well-known tradition, so any experienced DJ should know how it works. When you're interviewing wedding DJs, ask them if they can run an anniversary dance. See if they have any suggestions for making the event run smoothly.
And if they say they've never done one before, they probably don't have the experience you're looking for in a wedding DJ. So we recommend you keep looking!
At Maryland's DJ, we have facilitated hundreds of anniversary dances. And we can help you choose the perfect song, too! Fill out our quick online form to check our availability and start planning!
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Monday, August 23, 2021