(Alright, my friends, I’m making it my mission to finish these recaps — and maybe even tell you about our fab honeymoon in Mexico — before the end of the year. Onward we go!)

My father and my mother-in-law had no choice but to join us on the dance floor following dinner. The parental dances were one tradition we definitely did not want to forgo. Both my father and Nick’s mother have faced — and conquered! — serious health conditions, and those few moments together were especially meaningful to us.

My dad chose “My Girl” by The Temptations for our father/daughter dance, and it was so fitting. It’s upbeat and not too sappy. I taught him a simple box step just four days before the wedding, and I must say I was pretty impressed with his moves. Sure, he stepped on my dress a few times, and yes, our feet got tangled more than once. But, oh, did we laugh! And we performed at least three successful turns! Our smiles couldn’t have been bigger.


Nick and his mother danced to “A Song for My Son” by Bobby Morganstein, which was suggested to us by our dance instructor. The lyrics are so appropriate for a mother/son dance.


After the formal dances, DJ Wild Bill asked everyone to stand up. Reluctantly, everyone got to their feet. “Raise your right hand,” he said, “and repeat after me.” He then asked all of our family members and friends to pledge their support to us: to laugh with us through the good and to comfort us through the bad. I told you Wild Bill is imaginative and eloquent! It was the ideal way to fill the dance floor for … what do you think came next?



“Twist and Shout!” Every guest was up — and I do mean every guest. And when Wild Bill queued the song, it caught some folks off guard — mostly those folks who would not typically twist and shout. But everyone participated! It really set the tone for the rest of the night.


We opted out of the Chicken Dance and the Hokey Pokey, but Nick insisted on the YMCA. Corny? Most definitely. But, boy, was it fun. Wild Bill even brought props, and he couldn’t have selected more appropriate family members to play the roles of the police man, the sailor, the Indian, and the construction worker.



The air guitar may have made an appearance, as well.



We danced for the next two hours and totally forgot about the howling wind and pouring rain. Fortunately, there were no power outages, though I’m sure we would have found humor in that, too!

wedding reception dancing







Here are a few other songs from our playlist:

  • Build Me Up Buttercup
  • You Shook Me All Night Long
  • Pour Some Sugar On Me
  • Sweet Home Alabama
  • Cha Cha Slide
  • Crazy Love

Look for more music ideas for your ceremony and reception.

What song can you not wait to hear on your big day?

{photos credit to Robert Winton}