Generations Dance Tips, Ideas, and Song Titles

Generations dance for an LDS wedding reception

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We all love the special little traditions for wedding receptions that have evolved over time. One of the sweetest and most poignant is the “generations dance,” which is sometimes called the “anniversary dance.”

What is the Generations Dance?

The wedding generations dance is a beautiful way to remember that your marriage is forever.

The DJ begins by calling all married couples out on the floor to dance. After a short time he asks those married less than 24 hours to sit down. He then moves on to 1 year, 5 years, 10 years, and so on, until the longest-married couple is the only pair left on the dance floor.

The bride and groom may join them on the dance floor (or not, depending on your preferences) and present the couple with a small gift such as a flower arrangement at the end of the song.

Generations dance for LDS wedding receptions

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The generation dance is a really sweet reminder that the wedding day is only the first of a lifetime together.

Song Titles for the Generations Dance

Slow songs that will bring back memories of the past for your longtime-married guests and give that old-timey feel are the best choice for the generations song. This list includes a few newer releases, but mostly old classics that will never feel dated.
♥ It Had to Be You be Harry Connick, Jr.
♥ Just in Time by Tony Bennet
♥ A Wink and a Smile by Harry Connick, Jr.
♥ You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker
♥ Crazy by Patsy Cline
♥ You’re Still the One by Shania Twain
♥ Could I Have This Dance by Anne Murray
♥ Three Times a Lady by The Commodores

♥ All the Way by Frank Sinatra
♥ Chances Are by Johnny Mathis
♥ You Send Me by Sam Cooke
♥ Only You by The Platters
♥ Put Your Head On My Shoulder by Paul Anka
♥ Sea of Love by Phil Phillips
♥ That’s Amore by Dean Martin
♥ Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by Green Day
♥ Then by Brad Paisley
♥ Time Is On My Side by the Rolling Stones
♥ Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper
♥ All I Want Is You by U2
♥ Maybe I’m Amazed by Joe Cocker (original version by the Beatles)
♥ When I Said I Do by Clint Black
♥ I Could Not Ask for More by Sara Evans

The wedding generations dance is a beautiful way to remember that your marriage is forever. It celebrates the couples who have been together the longest, and most of all, reminds you that your vows have no expiration date.

♥ Jenny Evans
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