I want our wedding guests to dance.
I NEED them to dance.
So I’ve put a lot of things in place to get people moving.
First, we’ll offer all the traditional goodies like the generation dance, the dollar dances, group dance favorites like “The Cupid Shuffle,” “Cha Cha Slide,” and “The Wobble.” However, we will also incorporate another way of ensuring tables get up to get down.
On the back of our table numbers (which will be held by the famous white Ikea Tolsby frames that so many have used before me!) there will be a song title that was picked SPECIFICALLY for that table and the guests sitting there. When the DJ plays that track he will also announce that it’s that table’s turn to bust a move. And then, if it’s at all possible at that moment, Mr. Orchard and I will go over to help them get started. Most of our friends and family are more than willing to be silly, but we may have a few shy tables that need help getting started. Of course, anyone else can join that table on the dance floor, too!
With 150ish guests invited, sitting 12 per long rectangular table, we figure we’ll need about 13 songs. I tried to choose songs we’d like hearing anyway or songs that have a special meaning for us and that group.
I work at a retail store that plays a lot of cheesy ’80s music (nothing wrong with that), but two of the store favorites are “Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car” by Danny Ocean and “U Got the Look” by Prince. Whenever they come on we all sing along and dance around the sales floor (unless there are customers present…then we have to behave) like it’s 1985. You can bet one of those songs will pop up on their table!
I have a lot of teacher friends who will be in attendance. Their table will feature a song like “ABC” by The Jackson 5 or “Hot for Teacher” by Van Halen.
My cousins from Aunt G’s side will appreciate some ridiculous over-the-top pop song, like “Motownphilly,” which was Cousin M’s ringtone for quite some time!
I like the element of fun and surprise, and I hope our tables will quickly figure out why we chose certain songs for them. Hopefully it will be a good ice-breaker if nothing else!
What are you doing to ensure your guests get moving at your wedding?