Bride to be Paige knew right away that the Spohn Ballroom in charming downtown Goshen, IN was the right choice for her early September wedding reception, and she also knew that DJ Sticky Boots was the perfect choice for her entertainment after attending a reception with him for one of our other clients last year at the Lerner’s Crystal Ballroom. Main Street in Goshen is always picture perfect no matter the season, but late summer is beautiful with all the shops, cafes, and activities in full swing, and Spohn has an incredible corner view from the 3rd floor ballroom which overlooks the historic Elkhart County Courthouse square and the view extends all the way down the small town mainstreet.
As we got to know Paige and Josh during our planning consultations, we knew almost from the start this reception was going to be a PARTY. Paige likes to dance, Josh likes to dance, their friends like to dance, and they had integrated a “Party Hour” into the reception in the second to last hour to take full advantage of it. Sticky Boots of course was the perfect choice in DJ for the concept as Paige wanted the Party Hour to be a full-on nightclub experience with high volume, big bass, bright lights, and nothing but club remixes of hit EDM and hip-hop bangers.
After an exciting custom grand entrance emceed by Sticky Boots with a super-fun sports line-up theme (think: “Now starting at bridesmaid, she’s a 5-2 graduate of Butler University….”), guests enjoyed dinner and cake before Paige and Josh kicked off the dancing with a unique first dance/anniversary dance combination.
Throughout the night guests participated in a “Battle of the Schools” which was a really unique way to raise some money to pay off the newlywed’s student loans. Guests placed money in one of four jars representing Purdue University (Paige’s alma-mater), Indiana University (Josh’s alma-mater), Ohio State University, and the University of Notre Dame. Later in the night the money was counted, and Sticky Boots played the fight song of the winning school. What a fun idea, and a great alternative to the dated and over-used Dollar Dance. Notre Dame was the winner, by the way.
After an already full dance floor most of the night, it was time for the Party Hour. Paige broke out tons of glow sticks, masks, and a late night snack of hot dogs, and guests let loose for 60 minutes of pure party. They even had two large “fathead” prints of Paige and Josh’s faces that guests could hold in the air while dancing. It was incredible and goes down as one of our favorite receptions of this summer! This event also generated the amazing group photo you see on this blog and on our wedding page, taken by the fantastic Jason Bryant of Elkhart.
Reception song selections:
- Grand Entrance: Sirius (Chicago Bull’s Theme) – Alan Parson’s Project
- Cake Cutting: You’re My Best Friend - Queen
- First Dance: Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley
- Father-Daughter Dance: Butterfly Kisses/I’m a Believer (Custom Mix)
- Mother-Son Dance: My Wish – Rascal Flatts
- Bouquet Toss: American Woman – Lenny Kravitz
- Garter Toss: Whatta Man – Salt N’ Pepa