Aisle Style . Reception
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Song Sung You
The tunes you want—and those you don’t.
Justin Timberlake is bringing “Sexy Back” to many weddings, according to Chuck Wortman, of Maximum Sound Entertainment in Wilmington. It’s also clear, says DJ Craig Saltiel, owner of Delaware Disc Jockeys in Lewes, that the bride doesn’t have to be a “Brown-Eyed Girl” to appreciate the sweet sentiment expressed in Van Morrison’s bouncing love tune.
Songs come and songs go, but a few remain. Locally, Etta James’ “At Last” is a perennially popular first dance for the bride and groom, says Pat Bush, manager of the Wilmington band Remedy. Wortman and Saltiel report “I Loved Her First” by Heartland has replaced Bob Carlisle’s “Butterfly Kisses” as the most requested father-daughter song. When the groom and his mother take their turn, they are still most likely to dance to Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings.”
Some familiar novelty song-and-dance combinations have gone from celebration staples to reception rejects. There is no argument among entertainers that the “Chicken Dance” is far and away the No. 1 selection on the do-not-play list. No. 2 is the “Macarena.” Many couples have pulled the plug on the “Electric Slide,” and it seems to be check-out time for “YMCA.” Consensus is that Kool & the Gang’s once hot “Celebration” is getting the cold shoulder.
“Couples want to personalize their music to reflect their style and taste,” Wortman says. “They want to design a set list that is fresh and truly their own.” —Marilyn Odesser-Torpey