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Posted By: Marje
18-Mar-11 - 02:31 PM
Thread Name: wedding celidh help
Subject: RE: wedding celidh help
We had a ceilidh for our daughter's wedding. There were quite a number of experienced dancers there (including bride and groom) but I think the band were right to play it safe and keep the dances simple.

At first we were going to get the couple to start with "Rosa" and get others to follow, but they decided against that and we just launched into an easy dance for everybody. I don't think it matters whether you have a special couple-dance to start, but it is good to get the bride and groom up for the first dance. I grabbed the groom's father and soon we had lots of people up to dance.

We interspersed the dances with a few informal song-spots by guests, which breaks up the dancing a bit. That's obviously only possible if there is the required pool of talent, but the band could perhaps offer a few listen-only songs or slower tunes.

When it was time for the bride and groom to leave, the band had a special routine that entailed the guests all making a long arch with raised arms, leading to the doorway through which the couple exited to the waiting taxi. I don't remember quite how it worked but I'm sure you could invent something. It worked very well.