Bringing Your A-Game to Anniversary Parties

June 1, 2016 by Staci Nichols

WedBeat_25thAnnivYou no doubt perform at a lot more weddings than you do anniversary parties. Maybe it’s time for a refresher course? In honor of MB’s anniversary, I’m going to get us all up to speed on DJing anniversary parties!

ANNIVERSARY PARTY BASICS

A lot of couples celebrating big milestones today (30th, 40th, 50th anniversaries) missed out on 90% of all the hoopla we bring to wedding celebrations today. Most were on tiny budgets and have a lot more change to throw around now. A great way to approach a big anniversary bash is thinking of it as “the wedding they never had.”

First, you’ll want to figure out if the couple is hosting the party or their children are (it’s typically one or the other). If the couple is hosting, you’ll basically want to go into “bridal pampering” mode. Bring their dream to life, working with them hand-in-hand. Custom music, custom lighting, the right timeline, the right floor plan, making a big entrance, sharing their story—the works!

If their children are hosting, start picking their brains so you can turn the anniversary party into a surprise they’ll never forget! Ask the kids about the music from the first movie their parents saw together, their original first dance song, the song you walk into the kitchen and find them slow dancing to; in other words, dig, dig, dig! Have the kids sneak mom’s wedding dress out of the attic and display it on a mannequin near the cake. Put together a photo slide show. Are the kids willing to give quick toasts?

FUN ANNIVERSARY PARTY GAMES

The Not So Newlywed Game: Who is her favorite actress? What is his favorite sports team? The couple answers the questions about themselves in advance by writing it out on big pieces of paper. As he answers her questions, she holds up the paper displaying her answer.

The Shoe Game: Same concept but change up your regular Shoe Game questions from stuff like “Who is a safer driver?” to things like “Who is more forgetful?”

Have cards on the place settings featuring trivia from the year the couple got married (price of a gallon of gas in 1966).

Have the youngest married couple guess the name of tunes from the year the guests of honor got married. Have the anniversary couple guess the name of a few current tunes (or songs from the year the young couple married).

You can google “anniversary party games” for more inspiration as well.

GREAT ANNIVERSARY SONGS

Al Jolson – “Anniversary Song”
Alan Jackson – “I’d Love You All Over Again”
Alan Jackson – “Remember When”
Barry White – “You’re my First, my Last, my Everything”
Beatles – “When I’m 64”
Bryan Adams – “Summer of 69”
Celine Dion – “Another Year Has Gone By”
Celine Dion – “Because You Loved Me”
David Bowie – “Golden Years”
Fleetwood Mac – “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow”
Frank Sinatra – “The Best is Yet to Come”
Jimmy Buffet – “If You Like Pina Coladas”
Journey – “After All These Years”
Kelly Morrison – “Happy Anniversary”
Kenny Chesney – “Young”
Kenny Rogers – “Through the Years”
Little Big Town – “Bring It On Home”
Little River Band – “Happy Anniversary”
Mariah Carey – “I’ll Be Lovin’ U Long Time”
Mariah Carey – “Thank God I Found You”
Mary-Chapin Carpenter – “Grow Old with Me”
Michael Jackson – “Remember the Time”
Orleans – “Still the One”
Rod Stewart – “Forever Young”
Shania Twain – “You’re Still the One”
Steely Dan – “Reeling in the Years”
The Carpenters – “We’ve Only Just Begun”
Tim McGraw – “You Just Get Better All the Time”
Tony Toni Tone – “Anniversary”
Vince Gill – “Look at Us”

And…if none of the couple’s offspring will be there, my fave is Conway Twitty’s “Lay You Down.”
Happy anniversary Mobile Beat! Here’s one just for you: ”And the Beat Goes On” by The Whispers.

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DJ Staci Nichols is based in San Diego. She specializes in spinning “country fusion,” Latin/Spanish, and mainstream music. Her wedding know-how has appeared in San Diego Style Weddings, Offbeat Bride, Wedding Planner Magazine, Gig Masters, Brides Without Borders, Book More Brides, and more. SanDiegoDJStaci.com. Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter: SanDiegoDJStaci


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