A: Traditionally, the bride and groom dance the first dance, while guests watch and applaud. When the second song begins, the bride’s father-in-law asks the bride for the second dance, and the bride’s father cuts in. The groom, meanwhile, dances with his mother-in-law and then with his mother. Next the bride’s father may ask the groom’s mother to dance, and the groom’s father asks the bride’s mother. As the groom dances with the maid of honor and the ushers with the bridesmaids, guests may begin dancing. When the family makeup is such that it complicates the order of dances—more than one father and mother, stepparents—then everyone is free to dance as soon as the newlyweds have danced the first dance. The bridal party joins the bride and groom on the dance floor, a signal to guests that everyone else may join in. The bride and groom should make a point to dance with all of their parents during the reception.
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