(Closed) My aunt is requesting line-dancing at the reception.

posted 7 years ago in Music
Post # 3
2512 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I didn’t think people would dance at my wedding, but people danced till midnight (which was a good time for us).

My dj (also my brother) started by planning house music. Not one person got on the dancefloor. So he changed it up to older “well known cliche” wedding music and everyone got up… old and young. 

Once everyone was up, he mixed in some salsa, merengue, bachata, house, hip hop, r & b and pop. It was great! We did the macarena, the ymca and even the solja boy lol.


Hopefully the dj will be able to feel the vibe of the crowd and play according to that. 

Post # 4
6826 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We did a mix of everything.  A few songs that were on the new side then a few oldies.  There is an older couple who I have known all my life, they were friends with my grandparents but probably are a little bit older than my parents who cut the rug on some of the oldies. It was freaking awesome to watch them dance.

Post # 5
1227 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Hahahahaha! This is cracking me up, only because I JUST had a similar conversation with my sister and cousin, who are 2 of my BMs. They were scandalized to learn that we put the ChaCha Slide and the Cupid Shuffle on our Do Not Play list (along with the Macarena, Electric Slide, Chicken Dance, etc.). My Fiance and I both find those kind of dances to be pretty cheesy, and we prefer when people just get out there and dance because a song is great, not because it has a coordinated dance that must be done to it.

So I guess my advice is – don’t worry about pleasing your aunt’s dancing tastes! If you don’t want the line dances, don’t do them. I’m pretty sure people will still dance if you play good music, even if they are forced to bust out their own dance moves instead of using hokey premade steps.

Post # 6
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I say mix it all in together….My family is from Louisiana so we will be playing zydeco, even though everyone won’t understand it…I think it will still be fun.  But def. don’t do it separately. Mix it up


Post # 7
385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

If I were you I wouldn’t make too big of a deal over it.  Remember the old saying about never being able to please all the people all the time … However if you are really close to this Aunt, what harm could be done by throwing in just one line dance and telling her I did this just for you because I love you, then grabbing her hand and dancing next to her.

Kind of off subject a little but a year ago I decided to write a letter to my step mother telling her how much I appreciated her putting up with me during my teenage years and being such a great “Mom”.  8 months later she got a rare virus and died very quickly.  I can’t tell how glad I am I did this one simple little act for her.   You just never know how what we do for a loved one will affect your memories of them in your life.

Post # 8
1927 posts
Buzzing bee

I specifically told my DJ he was not to play any song that had a dance associated with it : )

Also, that is SUCH a weird thing for a guest to ask….

Post # 9
1766 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Mother-In-Law insisted that our wedding wouldn’t be fun if there was no Macarena, or at least the chicken dance.  We put both on our do-not-play list and instructed the DJ not to accept any guest requests.  Mother-In-Law had a great time and the lack of the Macarena was never mentioned.

We requested some 60s/70s music in addition to newer stuff and asked our DJ to use his best judgement on the timing. He mixed it up a lot. Our dancefloor was never empty and even the older folks were out there shaking their booties.

Just tell your aunt and uncle that you weren’t planning on doing line dancing but you are sure they will have a good time regardless.

Post # 10
2584 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

At every wedding I’ve been to, the line dances such as Macarena, Electric Slide, and Cha Cha Slide always get the most people on the dance floor. I think some people who aren’t very comfortable with just dancing like to have a set dance, and a lot of them stay on the dance floor because they’re having fun. I know people would miss those dances if I didn’t play them at my wedding, but it is YOUR wedding and if you really don’t want them, then don’t have them. However, I think it would be a crowd pleaser if you could tolerate one or two line dances 🙂

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