Bringing Your A-Game To Anniversary Parties

June 29, 2016 by Staci Nichols

Y ou no doubt perfrom 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 odyssey-nicholsanniversary parties!


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?

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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. Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter: SanDiegoDJStaci

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