Goin’ to the Chapel….

10 May

So, we’re heading off to God’s Country…Southwest Louisiana, to attend the wedding of Mr. D‘s nephew. Now, Mr. D‘s family is quite large.  One of the advantages to such a large family is that there’s always enough for a party.  That, and because the family is as large as a small town, no-one has to venture “outside the family circle” and actually make conversation with anyone.  Limits dancing partners but it’s usually pretty fun anyway.

“The Family”

If you’ve never attended a good ole Catholic Cajun wedding, well…you just ain’t lived. One particular tradition of the Cajun culture is if the bride or the groom has an older sibling that is not married, that older sibling has to dance barefoot with a broom. Quite entertaining. Another tradition is the “Money Dances”. People are allowed to dance with the bride or groom for a price. The money is penned either on the bride’s veil or in strategically significant places on the groom. 🙂 The couple usually walks away with about $1,000, so it’s a popular tradition.

There’ll be plenty of libations, scrumptuous vittles and of course, good music. Everyone loves to get up and dance and maybe “shake a tailfeather”. I can guarantee that we will be rockin’ to this:

and this:

and likely this:

but definitely this:

A good time is assured so I’ll have a report when I get back on all the great “wedding reception” songs that we enjoy. Won’t be around until Sunday, so entertain yourselves.

What are some of the wedding traditions and songs that you’ve experienced and enjoy?

ETA:  This is NOT what this weekend’s wedding will look like, but we’ll likely hear this song at the wedding.

  That Butt Thang (yes, I am serious.)


Posted by on May 10, 2007 in Uncategorized


11 responses to “Goin’ to the Chapel….

  1. shrewspeaks

    May 11, 2007 at 9:41 am

    I see you in dat der picture!

    What no this?

  2. shrewspeaks

    May 11, 2007 at 9:42 am

    or this?

  3. shrewspeaks

    May 11, 2007 at 9:56 am

    Seriously, performance first dances are sweaping the world.

  4. music maven

    May 11, 2007 at 10:18 am

    Shrew — The Chicken Dance never has caught on in Cajunland. I see it at weddings here in Redneckland, but not there.

    That second one, is that Jennifer Garner and Mark Raffalo in “13 Going on 30”? Does Raffalo remind anyone else of ROTFLMAO?

    There is a REALLY special dance done at all “Family” weddings…I’ll be sure to document for your amusement.

    See above for an “addition”.

  5. huckleberryfriend

    May 11, 2007 at 10:46 am

    I attended 7th – 11th grade in Acadiana (Breaux Bridge – Crawfish Capital of the World) and just a couple of weeks ago, I got an email from a high school friend from there. I hadn’t talked to her for many, many years and it got me reminiscing.

    As I remember joi de vivre, it seemed to be based on beer, which we started drinking at around 15. Even though the legal drinking age was 18, the accepted drinking age seemed to be 15. The joke was “How old do you have to be to buy beer? “Old enough to put your quarter on the counter”.

    When I was 16, I went to Mulates on Christmas Eve with a date and another couple (at that time, Mulates was just a local bar, but now is a famous Cajun restaurant). At 11:45 the bar emptied as everyone but me (non-Catholic) left to attend Christmas Mass. Around 1 am they all returned and picked up where they had left off. It is amazing how Catholicism and partying go hand-in-hand in Cajun country! The lines for confession were pretty long.

  6. shrewspeaks

    May 11, 2007 at 10:47 am

    Booking my flight now based on the latest entry!

  7. shrewspeaks

    May 11, 2007 at 12:38 pm

    Partying and Catholicism is not just a Cajun Country. I suspect this is why MM and I have such deep sympatico bounds.

  8. leejolem

    May 11, 2007 at 12:38 pm

    MM, where are you and Monklex and kiddos in the above pic? It’s kind of blurry, so I can’t tell. I can’t read or listen to the songs hear at work, but I’m assuming The Macarena is one. We still do that and The Chicken Dance here in the Midwest.

  9. leejolem

    May 11, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    Wow, we Lutherans are boring. No booze allowed at most church receptions. Although if you go “off-site” there’s usually beer a-plenty.

  10. jenfera

    May 11, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    Hey, I saw pictures from that camo-wedding that went around in one of those emails. Amazing!

    When I got married, I gave my DJ a list of songs that he was not allowed to play, including the Chicken Dance, the Hokie Pokie, Shout, Mony Mony, and last but not least, to be played only by penalty of death, Old Time Rock & Roll.

    Love Shack, however, was not only allowed but encouraged. My husband busts some hilarious moves to that song. Think Elaine on Seinfeld.

  11. music maven

    May 12, 2007 at 2:41 pm

    Ok. Survived the Rehearsal Dinner and gearing up for the big event. John Goodman and Tommy Lee Jones were in the bar next door soaking up the “local flavor”. Evidently, they are in Cajunland filming a movie.


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