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At first glance the reception at German weddings is very similar to wedding receptions in North America. A nice meal is served, speeches from the bride and groom and the bride and groom’s family are made, and the newlyweds kiss when glasses are clinked with a spoon, but first impressions can be deceiving.
Seated at the head table with the bride and groom are the bride and groom’s parents and grandparents. Since there is no wedding party to begin with, there is no need to seat them. I really like this idea of honoring the family and this is likely a German wedding tradition that J.P. and I will do at our own Canadian-German wedding in Canada next year.
|We also loved the heart shaped pretzels that were served at a German wedding between the ceremony and the reception.|
The other notable difference is that there is no emcee. Prior to attending a German wedding I asked J.P. if he had any ideas about who we should ask to be our emcee. He didn’t see why we would need an emcee, since in Germany the couple does this themselves. Indeed this was the case at the German wedding we attended and it surprisingly worked quite well. We’re still undecided on this one since I like the idea of an emcee but as many of our guests speak only English or German, not both, it could be tricky to find a bilingual one.
As with many weddings, the real fun begins after dinner when the dancing starts. The Vienna Waltz is the song of choice at most German weddings and was the case at the German wedding we recently attended. It is a beautiful dance and we’ve decided that this will be our first song at our Canadian-German wedding.
|Surprise, Germans are actually very good dancers. They certainly put me to shame with the lively Discofox, especially the groom’s German granny!|
Next came the real surprise with a dance, I had never heard of, the Discofox, but it is a very popular dance in Germany and Switzerland. The Discofox is a lively dance that was repeated many times throughout the night and frequently to English pop songs. Much to my surprise, not only are Germans good dancers, it was the aged 60+ people in the crowd that were burning up the dance floor and doing a mighty good job of it to I might add. Even the groom’s 90 year old granny gave it a go and was surprisingly agile. Watching granny Discofox to Britney Spears was one of the highlights of this German wedding! While I loved watching, I really wanted to dance, but unfortunately had no idea how to do the Discofox. Eventually we just danced “freestyle” to Banarama’s “Venus” while everyone else disco foxed around us. I felt highly uncultured and kept hoping the “Chicken Dance” would come on so I could strut my stuff, but no such luck! If you are going to a German wedding, I highly recommend learning the Discofox before you go since Germans can dance quite well and you don’t want them putting you to shame!. See the Discofox in action. I plan to turn our living room into a dance floor this year as I learn the Vienna Waltz and the Discofox!
Have you heard of the Discofox? What has been your experience with this dance? Please feel free to share your comments below.