“Fly Me to The Moon” swung jazzily over my speakers, filling the modestly lit reception hall last night with a very classy vibe. It was as if Sinatra himself was on the premises—bringing with him the smooth gentlemanly and gentlewomanly “class” of his time. The men escorted their partners to their tables with “Vesper Martinis” in hand dotting elegant fashion clad head-to-toe. It was a fairly young crowd in attendance and they really had fun with the Sinatra/Rat Pack vibe of the cocktail hour. Between drinks, some couples rocked back and forth on the dance floor mixing contemporary and swing dance styles.
The Bride and Groom made their grand entrance to the tune of Sinatra’s “New York New York” and the 60’s Jazz-feel carried over into the dinner hour and provided an electric undercurrent to the lively conversation at the tables
After dinner and cake cutting we moved into the first dance and soon after the Father-Daughter Dance, the floor filled with excited guests to the tune of “Celebration”. I kept the groove at a swift upbeat pace for about a half-hour before introducing The Anniversary Dance (suggested to me by the Bride and Groom). The Anniversary Dance is a way of celebrating marriage in a romantically apt setting: a wedding! I called all of the married couples to the dance floor and explained the rules of the game over an eight measure loop of Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” intro.
As the song(s) play on, the DJ announces incrementally for couples to leave the dance floor. To begin, couples who have been married for less than one day leave the floor (so the Bride and Groom are always the first to leave). This dance continues until just one married couple remains and everyone cheers in adoration and celebration of their long marriage. We cheered for the couples 40 years of marriage and then we cheered for everyone else’s marriages! This was a success and I followed it with “The Cupid Shuffle” to get everyone else (especially the non-married guests) back to the dance floor!
It was a smashing success of a night and the night closed with one of my favorites: “The Piano Man”. The guests crowded into a massive circle with mutual purpose: to sing Billy Joel’s lyrics until the vocal chords give out.