What is the Dollar Dance

What is the Dollar Dance?

The Dollar Dance, aka the Money Dance, is a Polish custom come to North America, a friendly way to give the couple a little extra cash as they begin their life together. The bride would lead off the dancing with a turn round the floor with her father. Then, beginning with the best man, the male guests would take it in turns to cut in. Each man would give the bride a gift of money for the pleasure of her company.

The money is either pinned directly to the bride’s gown, or put into a special bag she carries from her wrist. In more traditional groups, she may even wear an apron fitted with pockets just for the occasion.

Nowadays the groom also does his part, dancing for donations with for the female half of the guest list. Sometimes, in fact, the entire bridal party joins in — though they’re expected to hand that cash over!