I may toss it out as a suggestion to the bride and
groom who really want to
have their guests up having a good time.
I know that when Dudley Laufman does a wedding gig, he insists as part of the
pre-party negotiations that he be given 45 minutes or so for dancing before
there's cake cutting or some other intermission. He knows from long experience
that this may be all the dancing that happens in the course of the evening, and
he wants to get in more than one or two dances. If after the cake / break folks
come back for more, great!
By the way, when I'm discussing a dance with the happy couple, before the event,
I remind them that the single biggest factor in whether folks will dance and
will have a good time is whether the wedding couple is out there on the dance
floor. If they're there, it's MUCH easier to get others to join in. If
saying goodby to great-aunt Tillie, somewhere off in a corner, forget it. It's
going to be really hard to entice others onto the floor. (or lawn, as the case