‘I Do’s’ and don’ts: D.C. mayor bans dancing at weddings

May 4, 2021

Brides and grooms won’t be dancing the night away at their Washington, D.C.-based weddings this spring and summer, Fox News reports.

In fact, on May 1, Mayor Muriel Bowser, announced that indoor and outdoor weddings this season will be capped at 25% capacity (with a waiver required for more than 250 guests)—and absolutely no shaking a leg, unless it’s to jump over a broom or stomp on a glass, as is traditional at Black and Jewish weddings, respectively.

“Attendees and guess must remain seated and socially distanced from each other, or other household groups,”  the order passed by the mayor stated. The ban on dancing at all weddings, both indoor and outdoor, began on Saturday.

“It’s insane, it’s been an absolute roller coaster,” says Stephanie Sadowski, a D.C. wedding planner and owner of SRC Events. Sadowski says couples are being forced to move their weddings outside of the nation’s capital with just one or two week’s notice.

“They want to have a party. Planning their wedding, they’ve made concessions along the way; they’ve reduced, reduced and reduced their guest count in Washington, D.C,” she says.

In a statement to local affiliate Fox 5 DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office said it has the dancing ban in place as an extra layer of safety to reduce the spread of COVID-19, because when people stand and dance their behavior changes. For example, people are more likely to get close and touch each other. 

“It’s very confusing why Washington, D.C., is singling that out,” says Sadowski.

What’s more, D.C. is not the only state evacuating the dance floor: Illinois and Michigan have similar bans. New York and New Jersey just recently eased their restrictions on dancing.

It is unclear how long the dancing ban will be in place in D.C., but in the meantime Sadowski says her couples are turning to nearby Virginia and Maryland to celebrate their big day.

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