HOW TO MAX­I­MIZE DANC­ING AT YOUR WED­DING RE­CEP­TION

Check out these sure-fire ways to en­sure your wed­ding guests dance all night long.

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Dis­cover ways to make sure your guests stay on the dance floor all night long.

Re­gard­less of spend­ing lim­its, dé­cor pref­er­ences, and all the lit­tle de­tails that work to­gether to make your wed­ding what it is, many cou­ples have one real goal at the end of the day: a fun at­mos­phere for their guests. While mu­sic and entertainm­ent choices cer­tainly play a large role in a con­sis­tently packed dance floor, per­haps less ob­vi­ous is the im­por­tance of for­mat and time­line in achiev­ing this goal for the re­cep­tion. Here are three ideas to en­sure that you and your guests re­ally have the op­por­tu­nity to leave it all on the floor.

1. START EARLY

The best way to set the tone for a wild night of danc­ing is to have guests shift from the cock­tail hour right into the re­cep­tion space to find the band fully play­ing in mid­stride. Ideally, the new­ly­weds and their fam­i­lies will start out on the dance floor as guests en­ter, mak­ing it very ap­par­ent that danc­ing starts right away! Af­ter two to three songs, sneak out of the room and get ready to be in­tro­duced for your first dance. Find a point half­way through the song to close your dance with a dip or kiss and have the band in­vite the rest of your guests to join you for the re­main­der of the tune. By the time it ends, ev­ery­one will be back on the floor and the band can tran­si­tion into fun, up­beat songs. Af­ter this, rev­el­ers will be sent back to their ta­bles for the first course with one thing abun­dantly clear: ev­ery­one is in for a se­ri­ous dance party! I find that es­tab­lish­ing this mo­men­tum early on goes a long way into in­flu­enc­ing the rest of the night.

2. CRE­ATE A SCHED­ULE

Be care­ful of at­tempt­ing to rein­vent the wheel with the time­line. Some cou­ples re­ally just want peo­ple danc­ing and hav­ing a blast through­out the evening. To them, the idea of food sta­tions and a less-reg­i­mented and for­mal time­line sounds like a per­fect an­swer, even at the most lux­u­ri­ous events. While this can work, you run the risk of di­vid­ing the party. Peo­ple like to dance on a packed dance floor; there’s an anonymity and free­dom that comes with get­ting lost danc­ing amidst a sea of guests – the more peo­ple who are on the dance floor, the more oth­ers want to join in the fun. Just re­mem­ber that the op­po­site is true as well: hav­ing at­ten­dees eat when­ever they choose might leave half the guests eat­ing and half danc­ing. This re­sults in the dance floor feel­ing like it’s miss­ing the ex­cite­ment, en­ergy, and over­all vibe that comes from ev­ery­one get­ting up to dance af­ter shar­ing a meal to­gether. De­ter­mine what will work best for your group of fam­ily and friends and com­mu­ni­cate clearly with your event pro­fes­sion­als.

3. BE STRATE­GIC

Don’t elim­i­nate slow songs en­tirely – just use them strate­gi­cally in your time­line. A trend I’m see­ing is that many cou­ples want the en­ergy to be non­stop fun and elect to cut out slow num­bers from the band per­for­mances or DJ sets. How­ever, slow songs are valu­able tools for a band­leader to get ev­ery sin­gle per­son on the dance floor and then keep them there by tran­si­tion­ing into the per­fect up­beat tune af­ter­wards. It can be as sim­ple as us­ing a slow song for your first dance and invit­ing guests to join you half­way through. If you have a mid­dle dance set be­tween the first course and en­trée, you can use this con­cept again with the father-daugh­ter dance and/or the moth­er­son dance af­ter the main course. If your time­line in­cludes just one long dance set af­ter din­ner, I rec­om­mend do­ing a short­ened ver­sion of one of the songs cho­sen for the spe­cial dances. In­vite your guests to join you half­way through which­ever choice lends it­self bet­ter to peo­ple com­ing up and meet­ing you on the dance floor. By do­ing this, you’ll never have to break the flow of the up­beat songs through­out the night, but it will still give ev­ery­one of all ages a chance to kick­off the cel­e­bra­tion with an invit­ing slow dance.

For those cou­ples who are most con­cerned about the en­ergy and vibe of the dance floor,

I’ve found that tak­ing all of these things into con­sid­er­a­tion helps achieve all of their party goals for this spe­cial life event sur­rounded by friends and fam­ily.

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