I came out the gate strong with the S Club’s “Reach For The Stars” after the first two dances, then sticking with the party theme I played “Jump For My Love” (Girls Aloud) and then “Love Shack” (B52’s), at this point the dance floor is still full and your not getting your usual first dance drift off.
From there I moved up to date with Oly Murs and “Dance With Me Tonight” and Rizzle Kicks “Mama Do The Hump“. Lost a few of the dancers but these were replaced fairly quickly with more dancers.
After a small stint in the present I moved into dance (house) with Robin S “Show Me Love” and “Dreamer” (Livin Joy) with some choice club classics that kept the party going.
On time, as always with the Orsett Hall, the buffet was delivered and duly announced, unlike some DJ’s I don’t tend to slow down or change the tempo during the buffet unless I’m asked. I did suffer dance floor wise as people had the buffet and refilled there glasses, I still had a dance floor of people but it does dwindle somewhat at buffet time.
Moving from the club classics I hit the 70’s and 80’s soul and disco this refilled the dance floor nicely. At this point the cheesiest I had got was the first part of the evening as we were rapidly approaching 10 o’clock I thought it was time to break out one of the brides requests and played “Opps Upside Your Head” (The Gap Band) for the right crowd this will literally get them sitting down…. In rows across the dance floor and it didn’t disappoint with the odd squeal of delight being heard from the dance floor the bride lead the way and sat down, quickly accompanied by the majority of guest forming three lines across the dance floor for the duration of the song.
So we are now heading for the last part of the night and with two hours left I gave in and broke out Arrow’s “Hot Hot Hot“, the guests limbo-ing for the whole of the songs I decided to play another of the brides requests the CONGA! Yes a true party classic from yester year that either works or falls horribly on its face, true to the brides words a train across the floor formed and we had a conga round the room by now the dancing juice had done its job and the majority of the room was singing and dancing this is the time I tend to break out party music across the decades from the 60’s to the 00’s if it’s a party track and it works I’ll use it.
Having played the normal fare of 60’s pop and soul and time rapidly disappearing the last of the brides requests was played Aggado, now to be honest this completes my hat trick of cheese played a weddings having played the Birdie Dance for a bride as her third dance as she appeared in the original video (no I have never bothered to check is was a number of years ago now), the conga at this and a couple of other weddings at the bride and grooms request (Only) and now Aggado! Again the bride was on the money with a few guests looking confused as they didn’t know the dance but quickly followed the rest of the crowd to get the dance moves down.
Coming up to the very last part of the night and I like to whip the crowd up for the very last part, this crowd I used “Living On A Prayer” (classic Bon Jovi) “Sex On Fire” (Kings of Leon) “Mr Brightside” (The Killers) and to start getting the crowd in a circle The Proclaimers “500 Miles” (Original version) this had the desired effect and I quickly invited the remainder of the crowd on to the dance floor to say good night to the bride and groom and finished on their first dance.
Whilst some of the songs where not what I would normally play ie. The Conga, Oops Upside Your Head and Aggado, it just goes to prove that a few well-placed requests from the bride and groom (or the party principles) can really make the night. I would have never of played these tracks unless they were requested by the bride and groom and then I like to have some notice. More importantly the guests were up for good old fashioned knees up and the dance floor was well occupied for the majority of the night.
So cheesy nights will always work but I think I have learnt that there are different levels of cheese, and if we are honest with ourselves we all like a little cheese with our parties they can really make them spectacular.