Two words that carry a lot of history: Pani Mloda
No I didn't sneeze or write a horrendous typo. I didn't allow my cat or dog to take over the keyboard either.
Pani Mloda is the oldest wedding tradition I know of in my family. I can remember my cousins and sister doing it at their weddings. We will most certainly dance the Pani Mloda at my wedding, too.
The Pani Mloda is The Polish Money dance, also known as The Bridal Dance or The Money Dance. It involves dollar bills and paying to dance with the bride. And while you might be thinking this sounds like more of a bachelor party event, it's not. Get your mind out of the gutter.
The dance is a typical tradition for children or descendants of immigrants. I have no idea why, but it is.
To help the newlywed couple prepare for their honeymoon and future costly endeavors, guests donate money for the privilege of the dance. In my family the Maid of Honor typically wears an apron and holds onto the money for the bride. She's also responsible for keeping the line moving along. However, more money equals more dancing time.
There's also something about the bride wearing a babushka on her head to make her "old." I'm thinking I need to iron out these details before the big day. (Or maybe even before I publish this post... nah).
When I recently went to Texas, I went through my sister's wedding "stuff" and we found the apron my mom used at her wedding, and then my my sister at hers. Now I have the apron too and will use it just like the other women in my family!
I'm excited to carry out this tradition and to use the same apron! Our band even knows the Pani Mloda. Bring on the polka dancing!
Here's a very short You Tube clip or what it looks like in action:
What special traditions were a part of your big day?