Hawkily Ever After: Anniversary Dance

One of my favorite parts of the reception was the anniversary dance. Mr. Hawk and I took the dance floor and as the song progressed, Liz asked other couples to join us according to how long they had been married.


T and GM J were the first to join us, only being married three weeks. Needless to say T was quite excited.



Liz called out those married two years or less and then five years or less. Many of our married friends were on the dance floor.





Before we knew it, Liz was calling out couples married 10, 20, 30, and 40-plus years.







I can’t explain how it felt to be surrounded by so many inspirational couples. The love in the room during these moments was palpable.



Have you considered including an anniversary dance in your reception?

All photos by Valerie Demo Photography


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Mrs. Hawk

Richmond, VA
Wedding Date:
May 2012
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    BookishBelle 1629 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:48 am

    Aww. I would love to do this, but none of my friends are married and too many of my mom’s friends are divorced, there would be like…5 couples dancing with us LOL

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    MrsScarlet 85 posts, Worker bee @ 11:54 am

    Ooh! I love this idea! I’ve been to a few weddings where all married couples are asked to come out onto the floor at once and then the DJ dwindles the group down til the couple that has been married the longest. I love this idea of reversing it so that the newly married couple is surrounded by lasting love. Thanks for the idea!

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    dcgirl655, Guest @ 11:54 am

    I have never seen this done this way… I like it a lot!

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    woodstock 3778 posts, Honey bee @ 11:57 am

    We did it. But we did it reverse. I really liked seeing the older couples up there, especially when it got down to my Great Aunt and Uncle. It was adorable and it was a nice way to pay tribute to them and show them that they are an inspiration to us and our future life. But your way is neat too!

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    debeachgirl 543 posts, Busy bee @ 11:59 am

    My cousin did it in reverse as well and our grandparents were the last ones on the dance floor. Seeing just them up there was amazing.

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    kit_kath 1327 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:02 pm

    That’s so cute! Like the other comments I’ve seen it in reverse, but this is a really nice way to do it.

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    leebaby711 362 posts, Helper bee @ 12:03 pm

    THe pictures are too cute! We did it in reverse too, in place of the garter/bouquet toss. The couple married longest (53 years!) got my bouquet. It was really sweet!

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    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 12:07 pm

    I like that you did it reverse to how it’s traditionally done. And that first picture of your parents, with you dad holding your mom is so sweet!

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:08 pm

    I love the idea of an anniversary dance, but I didn’t want to make my Gramama feel sad. My Grandad died 3 years ago, and I know our wedding day was already really hard for her because he wasn’t there.

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:10 pm

    I like the idea of the anniversary dance, but we didn’t do it because I didn’t want to make my Gramama sad. My Grandad passed away 3 years ago, and I know our wedding day was already really hard for her because he wasn’t there.

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:10 pm

    ugh Sorry for the double post. I thought Weddingbee ate my first one.

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    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 12:11 pm

    We would have liked to do this at our wedding, but the age groups weren’t diverse enough to make this dance meaningful. :(

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:35 pm

    These pictures are AWESOME!!! I love your anniversary dance!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:19 pm

    These are so sweet! We didn’t have many long unions in our crowd, so we skipped this tradition, but I just love it.

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    Riverbride13, Guest @ 5:37 pm

    This is GREAT idea! It’s also a little easier on the older folks having them come up towards the end rather than staying out on the dance floor longer than everyone else. I’m doing this! THANKS

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:53 pm

    aww I love these pictures, especially the first one! everyone looks so in love

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    ecjohnson 157 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:03 pm

    ooh, i love the reversed order. i’ve only ever seen it where they eliminate couples from short to long marriages.

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    heykaraoke 1771 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:08 pm

    I’ve seen it in reverse and was planning on doing it that way but I LOVE the way you did it! Definitely changing my plan :)

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