The set begins with the first dance, followed by the dances “Father / Daughter” and “Mother / Son”. Often times this is selected in advance by the lucky couple, so the best advice is to stick to the plan and not bend the dance floor with a gabber edit by Etta James. It will seem a lot less funny when an angry bride flung heels in your direction even though the toddlers are moving so wildly. When it’s up to you, it’s best to go gentle and romantic, let the couple indulge in the warm embrace of a slow dance before turning up the dial with the selections below.

But note, as much as these are typically slow monster ballads – I’ve used Extreme’s 1991 hair metal anthem “More Than Words” on more than a few occasions – there are people who like to switch traditions.

James Nasty recalls: “I once put on a wedding ceremony and reception on the theme of UGK and Outkast’s ‘International Players Anthem’. When the couple told me their idea, I had to laugh. Yes, the video of the song is from a wedding, but the song itself (which features a groom asked to rethink the marriage while standing at the altar) doesn’t exactly describe the best wedding. But I was hired to do a job, ”says Nasty with a smile in his voice. “I found a club edit of the Cobra Krames UGK track and turned it in after the original opened. The couple slowly danced to Andre 3000 and Pimp C, then everyone went to the floor. I don’t think anyone, save me, listened to the lyrics, but wow. What a party.”


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