Answer: Exactly what Amanda & Stephen did: ensure the proper precautions for worst case scenarios are accounted for, put on your wedding attire, smile big, get married, enjoy the company of your family and friends, and celebrate until the night is over!
All week long, the buildup to the Amanda & Stephen’s wedding reception was fear of the possible consequences of the worst storm the Puget Sound region had seen in recent memory. Despite planning for a power outage or worst – something I’ve had experience with before – the big storm turned out to be nothing but a gust of wind. And despite the threat, my mission remained the same: to perform my very best and make sure that Amanda & Stephen had the wedding reception they had long dreamed of.
Family was a big priority for Stephen & Amanda, and I knew that including some awesome interactions would be a key component of bringing both sides of family and friends together as one big giant family. Three of my favorite interactions to perform were included:
- Wedding Party Bios
- Date Night Idea Cards
- The Newlywed Game
Also, Stephen’s father, Ron, provided me with a great collection of photos of Amanda, Stephen and the most important people in their lives – their family and friends – and I produced a spectacular montage for them, displayed on dual 55″ LED TVs throughout the night. Throughout the evening, I witnessed several instances of guests laughing and telling stories about the photos as they flashed on the screen. Photo montages are an underrated icebreaker and I hope more couples opt to utilize this presentation idea at their wedding reception.
Oh, and yes, despite the threat of the storm causing exits earlier than anticipated, we did have a great open dancing session. Albeit shorter than hoped for, I do believe everyone took at least one spin on the dance floor. People want to celebrate – sometimes it just takes a little more work to get them there. As a DJ, I know that promoting an upbeat, energetic atmosphere will trump any extreme weather condition – hot or cold.
Amanda & Stephen: thank you for having me as a part of your wedding celebration. Despite the threats of the “storm of the century“, I felt the night was still full of spectacular, magical moments with consistent high energy from Grand Entrance to Last Dance. It was an honor to serve you both as your Wedding MC & DJ; and I throughly enjoyed helping you create so many moments of joy and laughter for you, your family, and your friends.
Prelude: Contemporary Love Songs
- Stephen’s Procession: George Thorogood – “Bad To The Bone”
- Family: Franz Schubert – “Ave Maria”
- Wedding Party: Carrie Underwood – “Mama’s Song”
- Amanda’s Procession: Christina Perri – “A Thousand Years”
- Recessional: Jack Jackson – “Better Together”
Cocktail Hour: Country/Oldies Love Songs
Grand Entrance (Wedding Party): Jagged Edge – “Let’s Get Married”
Grand Entrance (Amanda & Stephen): Jagged Edge – “Let’s Get Married”
Dinner: Country, Contemporary Pop
- First Dance: Haley & Michaels – “Giving It All To You”
- Mother/Daughter Dance: Lauren Alaina – “Like My Mother Does”
- Mother/Son Dance: Celin Dion & Josh Groban – “The Prayer”
- Father-In-Law/Bride Dance: John Mayer – “Daughters”
- Cake Cutting: Marvin Gaye – “How Sweet It Is”
- Bouquet Toss: David Guetta – “Where Dem Girls At”
- Garter Toss: The Weather Girls – “It’s Raining Men”
- Last Dance: Tim McGraw – “My Best Friend”
Dancing: Motown, Big Band & Swing, Oldies, Disco, Classic Rock & Roll, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, Top 40, Hip-Hop, Funk, Country
Photo Credit: Rebecca Jane Photography.
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