How to have the best wedding reception ever

I recently provided services to a wonderful couple planning their wedding day.  I was involved from the perspective of helping them plan and then providing the DJ entertainment for their wedding reception.  What a event they were planning… A church wedding ceremony followed by an elegant party at a local country club.  One of the questions I asked the couple: “What do you want your guests to say about your wedding in years to come?”  Their response: “We want people to say it was the best wedding reception ever!”

This event, I later found out, was going to be dry, meaning there would be no alcohol.  I can’t remember the last time I was involved in a dry wedding reception but that’s what they chose.  I don’t know the reason behind that decision.  I also asked what lighting they many want me to provide, to visually enhance their experience and they said “We don’t need any.”  While thinking about their guest list, they also admitted that their guests are going to need a lot of encouragement to dance or participate at all.

If you are thinking what I’m thinking, then we’re on the same page.  No liquid encouragement and no visual wow to make the room sparkle?  Well, it is in a country club that’s already beautiful but how am I going to help this couple have the “best wedding reception ever” without these two common party elements?

Well, the date came and I did my best to engage the 90 or so guests with numerous opportunities to participate.  I wasn’t surprised when I introduced the Electric Slide and found only one person in the room who knew the steps to the “Electric Boogie”.  Because I invited them to learn, around 15 people actually came to the dance floor and learned how to do it for the first time.  The bride and groom had selected a number of other dances that I used to engage the guests and allowed me to add in some others, if requested.  We did the Cotton Eyed Joe, Chattahoochee, Shout, Twist, Cupid Shuffle, the Cha Cha Slide, and even the Hokey Pokey, which was requested by a special guest.  I think all but one person in the room participated.  The younger guests even did some moves to “Africa” by Toto.  By the end of the reception, the bride and groom said to me that their experience was “awesome” and I suspect that together, we at least tried hard to make it the “best wedding reception ever”!