When you comb through websites and Instagram feeds looking at wedding dance party photos, you typically see the bride, groom and their friends dancing. That’s cool, BUT everyone deserves to have fun at your wedding – including the older crowd.
One of the complaints I’ve heard from people who have been to weddings in the past is that the DJ only played new music. Or, that they only catered to the younger crowd.
When I meet with couples for the first time, I typically ask about who is going to be at their wedding. What do they do for fun? Do they like to dance? What kind of music do they like?
Everyone attending your wedding will be spending a lot of time, money and energy to be there for your big day. Let’s make sure we’re showing ALL of them a good time!
How I Do It
My approach is to mix and blend different genres and decades of music throughout the night including cocktail hour and dinner. This makes everyone feel included from the beginning and sets the tone for the entire reception.
It’s not uncommon to catch me going from “Hey Ya” to “Footloose” to “Mambo #5” to “Rock Around The Clock” for example. This captures the younger and older crowds and can create some pretty cool moments on the dance floor.
Check These Out
I recently put out some DJ mixes that are genre and decade specific. Most recently I created a 70’s Rock mix and a fun, upbeat 80’s Hits mix. Feel free to listen and send the link on over to your parents and older family members. I’m sure they’ll love it!
Main photo image courtesy: Kat Cannell Photography
Eric Rhodes is the owner and lead DJ at Rhodes Entertainment in Boise, ID. Eric has always had a passion for entertaining people through music. He officially started mixing records at the University of Idaho in 1999. After college Eric moved to Boise where he started making a name for himself in the local music/club scene with his unique sets of House, Indie and Hip-Hop tracks. He started his business in 2011 after realizing that his career in TV news just wasn’t for him. Since then, Eric has been following his dream by building his event DJ Company.
Aside from music, Eric has a passion for fitness, personal development and, most importantly, raising his young family. He is a member of the North American Collective of MCs and Entertainment Designers (NAC), the former President of his local Toastmasters Club and former President of Idaho Event Professionals.