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How to Make Your Wedding Reception Stand Out

There are also lots of things we can do to make your Wedding more personal and that little bit different.

 
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Breaking down traditions to make your Wedding personal and unique to you

There are number of things that your guests would expect you to have at your Wedding Reception, but there are also lots of things we can do to make your Wedding more personal and that little bit different. In this blog we will take you through just a few of these extras that you may wish to incorporate into your Reception. We totally understand these sorts of things are not for everyone, so we would only incorporate them into your evening if requested by yourselves. Also, if you have something in mind that we have not suggested below, then please get in touch to discuss how we can make it happen.

Ceilidh Section

A very popular addition to the Weddings we perform at is a section of ceilidh dancing. Sometimes this is just a couple of dances, other times it is a few more dances mixed with the disco throughout the evening. Ceilidh dancing has been a part of Scottish Weddings for centuries and it is a great way to get your guests onto the dancefloor. There are not many songs that can get your grandparents, your wee cousins and everyone in between on the floor all at the same time, but ceilidh really can do this.

Some couples choose to have their ceilidh section near the beginning of the evening as it works well as an ice breaker. Others choose to leave it until a little later on when guests have had a couple of drinks. The great think about us acting as a Ceilidh DJ means that we can be entirely flexible. If your guests are enjoying the ceilidh dancing then we can do a couple more dances, if not, then we can just move back to the disco. We also get couples who are worried about their guests not being able to do the dances, but this is really not a problem. We will encourage people onto the floor and talk everyone through each dance in normal everyday language.

Mr & Mrs Game

This is a great way to add that personal touch in a fun and interactive way that is guaranteed to entertain your guests. The game involves the Bride and Groom sitting back to back each holding a pink balloon in one hand and a blue balloon in the other. We will ask the couple a series of questions and the Bride and Groom answer by holding up either the pink balloon or the blue balloon. Questions might include “Who is the best dancer?”, “Who is the better cook?”, “Who spends the most money?” and “Who takes longer to get ready?”.

We find the Mr & Mrs Game works well towards the end of the evening buffet as it provides the opportunity for guests to finish their food and get back into the party spirit, without going straight back into the disco.

Bouquet Toss and garter toss

Traditionally, the Bouquet Toss was seen as a way of the Bride passing on her good fortune to one of her guests. Whilst this tradition may not be such a focus in modern times, the Bouquet Toss can still form a special moment at a Wedding. We tend to organise the Bouquet Toss for later on in the evening and get all the single ladies out on the dancefloor – sometimes married ladies too as they just want to join in the fun! We then build it up and play a track like “Single Ladies” or “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce. Whilst the tradition of the Bouquet Toss is still there, the focus is more about giving the Bride the chance to dance with all her friends. 

Perhaps more of an American tradition and less popular in the UK, but there is a Bouquet Toss equivalent for the Groom and all of his friends. This involves the removal and then tossing of the Bride’s garter.  

Dance off

A Dance Off is another fun and interactive activity that tends to get everyone up on the dancefloor later on in the evening. We usually organise guests into two teams with the Bride’s friends and family in Team Bride and the Groom’s friends and family in Team Groom. We often choose tracks like the “Grease Megamix” for Dance Offs, but you are more than welcome to choose your own.

 
 

What Customers Said...

 

Ross was absolutely fantastic as the DJ for our Wedding. We loved the online system that allowed us to add in song requests and Ross managed to please everyone on the dancefloor! It's an extra bonus that he even manages to capture some sneaky dance moves when no one notices. Would highly recommend for an event.

Chloe & Gavin Maxwell

Ross played at our wedding at Springkell and was absolutely fantastic. Even before our wedding, he seamlessly coordinated our schedule, had an easy-to-use system, and much appreciated payment process. On our wedding day, he was friendly, and even got our 35-person wedding dancing for hours! We had some last minute schedule changes that he rolled with easily, making adjustments and continuing to play a great mix of music all night, from wedding classics to modern hits that all ages enjoyed. Every song that we requested was played and he interspersed our requests seamlessly. The dance floor was hopping all night. The lighting, especially the stars, were also a huge hit! Thank you Ross for making this American couples' wedding day perfect.

Kris & Amanda Cate

Ross was the piper and DJ for our wedding. He did an amazing job for both. The piping was absolutely beautiful and he even braved the cold and high winds to come up into the hills so we could get pictures and footage for our wedding film. Everyone enjoyed the nights music and as an extra he even captured some awesome pictures of everyone dancing. We would recommend him to anyone. Thank you Ross!

William & Kate Salfenmoser

Hi Ross, Thanks for your message and thank you so much for being part of our big day! You did a fantastic job. Thank you for being so flexible with the schedule and for making our evening such an enjoyable one. I have a feeling that the Canadian side, in particular, will be talking about the ceilidh for a long time. I've had a quick look through the photos and they look great. I will most definitely be recommending your services to anyone who's looking for entertainment. Thanks again and all the best.

Fraser & Nikki Kirk

We had a fantastic night at the Easterbrook hall for our son's Wedding. In no small part this was due to Ross's professionalism and his willingness to work with us in planning the night. We would absolutely recommend Ross and warmly extend to him our thanks.

Jim Harkness
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