Now it’s time to really get the party started. Most brides-to-be will ‘fess up to pre-wedding nightmares of an empty dance floor, so make sure your music makes guests want to show off their moves. Your opening gambit? The first dance, of course. Whether you want a romantic tear-jerker or something to set the tone for the party ahead, think about the length of the song and brief the wedding party on when to join you if you aren’t keen on spending long alone on the dance floor. This is a good way to get everyone up and dancing from the start – just make sure the next few songs are strong enough to keep people dancing.
As well as creating a must-play list, it’s worth putting together a ‘no-play’ list – songs you hate that your band or DJ should steer clear of. Not going for live music? Create a playlist and give groomsmen shifts to act as DJ – just make sure it doesn’t get hijacked by over-enthusiastic guests. For a fun alternative, hire a jukebox, or even a portable outdoor DJ booth for an al- fresco party (we like discowed.com). Noise restrictions at your venue? Hire a silent disco to get around them without losing the atmosphere. Don’t forgot to go out on a bang too – your ‘last dance’ song is as important as your first, to end your day on the ultimate high. PW
THE LAST SONG OF THE NIGHT IS ALMOST AS IMPORTANT AS THE FIRST!