This is your day.  It's all about you and your guests.  A good disc jockey will always put you first.  He must remember that the bride and groom are always to be the center of attention.



Keep Things Exciting


It is very important to keep moving from one event to the next without interruption.  This maintains the level of excitement and keeps your guests interested and attentive.  Waiting for the cake to be sliced, served, and eaten is a surefire way to lose the crowd.  You've just gotten everyone's attention for the toasting and cake cutting.  It's natural to then move directly into your First Dance.  Your guests' interest will follow the action.  The caterer will slice and serve the cake.  The flow continues.



Keep Things Tasteful


Who you invite to be the master of ceremonies is the critical factor in this stage of your reception.  Each of the following can be part of your pleasant memories of this special day or can contribute to recurring nightmares.  Personality, creativity, and humor each have their place.  But, above all else, introductions must be accurate, professional, and in good taste.


  • First Dance - Everyone has been waiting for this special moment.  They're wondering what song you have picked.  They're waiting to see you gaze lovingly into each other's eyes, holding each other closely, while gliding across the dance floor.  This very special moment requires a dignified introduction and the playing of the correct song.

  • Father/Daughter Dance - Traditionally, the bride next dances with the person who walked her down the aisle.  This can be a touching moment, also, and deserves special treatment by your disc jockey.  If either of you is shy about dancing alone you may have the groom and his mother join you.  Or you may invite all the other fathers and daughters to dance with you during this song.

  • Mother/Son and Wedding Party Dances - These are usually optional.  The groom and his mother may dance alone, with the bride and her father, or with other mothers and sons if they choose.  Members of the wedding party may have a separate dance among themselves or with their significant others.  More couples are choosing to eliminate these dances in order to save time and get more guests on the dance floor sooner.

  • $$ Dance - If you're wondering what this is or have only recently seen it at another wedding, I strongly recommend that you resist the temptation to make it part of your reception.  It is a traditional aspect of Spanish, Italian, Polish and other cultural celebrations where family members and guests pay to get to dance with the bridal couple.  This can be both fun and profitable when it's part of your culture.  Irritating and embarrassing otherwise.

  • Longest Married Dance - This is becoming a popular alternative to the throwing of the bouquet.  On its own it can be a tender tribute to a beloved family couple.  All married couples are invited to the dance floor.  The one married the least amount of time (usually the bride and groom) is then asked to sit down.  Other short timers soon follow. Eventually the longest married couple is left standing.  They're then asked to give you the secrets of their success.

  • Bouquet & Garter Tosses - The decision to do these depends on the number of single men and women in attendance and your own comfort level.  They are part of the wedding tradition, but more couples are choosing other options.  A good disc jockey will make this fun, but will keep from embarrassing you or your guests.  Everything in good taste.



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