Wedding Dance Etiquette

Traditionally, the bride and groom will be the first to dance, followed by their parents.
The father of the bride will dance with his daughter and the groom asks his mother to join him in a dance.
The groom’s father then cuts in to dance with the bride and the groom dances with his new mother-in-law.
Traditionally, this dance is symbolic of the groom’s family welcoming the bride into his family. In the case of extended families, it may be important to have the bridal couple dance with the step-parents also.

Following this, the parents dance with each other and then exchange dances with the other couple.

The partner swapping continues with the best man asking the bride to dance and the groom dancing with the maid or matron of honor.
Finally, the entire wedding party, ushers and bridesmaids join in the festivities. Once the entire bridal party and their parents are on the dance floor, all other guests are invited to dance.