Why is the “Dancing Wedding Video” Striking a Chord?

jill_and_kevin_wedding_party“Most of the time, I don’t have much fun. The rest of the time, I don’t have any fun at all.” – Woody Allen

By this time, you’ve probably heard about the dancing wedding video of Jill Peterson and Kevin Heinz that’s gone viral on YouTube. Or maybe you’ve seen the couple featured on The Today Show or read about them in People magazine.

Why has this video POP’d out?
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-94JhLEiN0] I think it’s because it shows happiness in action.

In today’s economy, with unprecedented layoffs, foreclosures, and disappearing 401K’s, it’s a respite from the doom and gloom of our hard times.

How long has it been since you’ve had fun? Innocent, laugh-out-loud, carefree fun?

I think that’s what we tap into when we see that wedding party boogying down the aisle. “I’ll have what they’re having.”

I’ll always remember asking my sons’ preschool teacher if she was looking forward to her wedding, less than two weeks away.

She looked at me and said glumly, “I can’t wait ’til it’s over.”

Yikes. When I asked why, the about-to-be bride went on to explain that one uncle and aunt were threatening not to attend if the “other” uncle and aunt were going to be there because they couldn’t stand each other. The band had cancelled, the photographer wanted more money, and the caterer didn’t like the menu she’d requested.

I remember thinking, “That’s a poster child for losing perspective when we can’t wait for our own wedding to be over.”

I think that’s one of the reasons more than 14 million people have watched that video and passed it on. In the middle of everything going wrong, it shows something going gloriously right.

Puts things in perspective.

Have you watched the video? Forwarded it to friends? If so, why did it resonate with you? What motivated you to send it to others?

  1. I laughed out loud when I saw this video! Then I saw these folks on the Today Show. The reason it all resonated with me is because it expressed pure joy, something we seldom see from adults any more. I’m glad it’s getting a lot of attention!

  2. Sam, I love how specific your writing is. You mention the aunt/uncle feud, plus the band’s, photographer’s and caterer’s complaints. I can see it all now. When it comes to getting your point across, you are a story master!

    Did I see that wacky wedding dance? You betcha. And I passed it on.

    Warmest aloha,

  3. Weddings are supposed to be the happiest of occasions, but often, due to family issues, they fall short of that.
    This wedding entrance looked like the participants were genuinely happy, and did not take themselves too seriously. They were just having fun.
    It was a pleasure to see “regular” people, who looked like regular people and danced, for the most part, like regular people, enjoying the ceremony in a way that was different and joyous

  4. This wedding dance was the BEST! Shaking things up a bit to remember a common tradition was so full of POP!

    Living in Love, Light and having FUN is what life is all about.

    ps. did you see the parody “J-K divorce dance” made shortly after this video came out?

  5. I was sitting up tonight stressing about my choice of dress (I’m mother of the groom) because it isn’t as traditional as some might think proper. Getting tenser as I started to imagine the group photo with me not fitting in I decided to Google ‘wedding party photos’ and lo and behold I came across this! It has totally set me free, thank you so much. And I have a question, because I’m a dancer/choreographer I’m curious about who put the choreography together, it’s so good and makes everyone look so great even tho some are obviously more comfortable moving than others. Great job whoever did this! Was it a group collaboration? Or just one person, and if so, which one was it? All the guys can Dance! That’s so unusual. Please advise and thanks for clearing my head and reminding me what the whole thing is about. Sincerely, Deborah Harris

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