Wedding Traditions with a Twist: Let Your Guests Shine Too!

(Photo Courtesy of Jessika Feltz Photography)

I’m always amped to see what brides and grooms have in store for their guests.  Whether it’s something jaw dropping and newsworthy or just plain fun for them, it’s wonderful how every couple makes their event their own… and what’s even greater… is when you can take the ideas you love the most and make them “your own” too!

At a friend’s wedding in August, the bride and groom du jour decided to do all their formality stuff up front (ie. cake cutting, toasts, spotlight dances, etc.).  They wanted to get it all done right away; so, they wouldn’t have to worry about stopping the dance floor once it was on and poppin’!  (Yeah, I took it there.)

In order to alleviate any potential “I don’t want to be the first one out on the dance floor” awkwardness, they also artfully decided to follow the traditional father/daughter and mother/son dance with an encore presentation of both where guests were invited to bring their sons and daughters / mothers and fathers to take a spin as well.  It was absolutely beautiful and really got the guests out of their seats and onto the floor.

But herein lies their genius… before the song could even finish and a courtesy hug of thanks and exit were completed… the DJ hit everyone with a party time favorite…

*(Doon doon doon doon doon doon doon doon) I like big butts, and I cannot lie!*

That’s right… Sir Mix-A-Lot, people!  Who could possibly resist the poetic genius of “You can have them bimbos / I’ll keep my women like Flo Jo”?  The answer is: no one.  You know a song’s bringing the fury when everyone from a three year old nephew to an 80 year old grandpa are not only shakin’ their groove thangs, but singing the words!  Yep.  I’d say their clever ploy was nothing short of a beaming success.

So successful, in fact, that the Mister and I decided we wanted to take this idea and run with it.  We not only wanted it to be a way to get people on the dance floor, but because we both come from large families and knew there would be a lot of parent / child combos fannying about, we figured it would create several photo ops our photographers to work with.  But our fabulous photo team didn’t just “work with” it; they turned it out!  Below is a sample of the memories and dance floor diva shots…

(Photos Courtesy of Jessika Feltz Photography)