(Closed) Dancing at a small wedding??

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
5191 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

We skipped dancing at our small wedding for a variety of reasons, but I still stole Mr. LK off for an impromptu dance. A good song was playing, and I just had to dance and laugh with him in that moment.

At a friend’s 55 person wedding a few months ago she had a dance floor and DJ, and there were usually 10-15 people dancing at any given time. So yes, you can have a fun dance floor even with a small group, as long as your group has people who like to dance. At another, 120ish person wedding that we recently attended, the dance floor was practically empty most of the time because it just wasn’t a dancing crowd. It’s more about the personalities of your guests than the raw number of them.

Post # 4
116 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I agree with lovekiss.  We had about 50 people, and we had a dance floor and (jazz/swing) band.  Sometimes it was only me and my partner (various partners) dancing, but I was ok with that — I love to dance!  People danced or not depending on the song/their mood, and I think it was a good option to provide for folks.

Post # 5
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve been worrying about this as well.  I’m still waiting to put a deposit down for a DJ.  We found a really good one – stellar reviews.  It’s going to cost $950. 

We’re only inviting 50 people – mostly family.  I’m not sure if people will get up and dance. :/ I know my side of the family is not the dancing type – but they mighttt surprise me?  Fiance is not sure about his family at all. 

I’ve been to 1 small wedding – probably 25 people max.  And no one danced (the DJ was horrible though.  Played 4 Shania Twain songs in a row…)

So I’m hesitant about securing a DJ. I don’t want to waste $950.  Not to mention it is an afternoon reception so will people even be in a dancing mood? We definitely want our first dance, father-bride dance, and mother-groom dance.  But beyond that???  Will people dance?

Has anyone been to an approximately 50 guest wedding with a good reputable DJ?  All the weddings I’ve been to had sucky DJs (friends, cheap guys that do it on the side, etc) so I don’t know how to gauge this.

Post # 6
6 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

@maganda:  Your situation sounds SO similar to mine.  It’s uncanny.  I’m also having an afternoon wedding with probably 40-50 people, mostly family.  I’m also getting a DJ who will cost me about $850.  I also want to dance and have a great time with that small group of people. 

I realize you wrote this message a long time ago, so I would love to hear what you finally decided on.  In the end, I think as long as we have a conversation with our DJs about what we expect, it will turn out okay.  So many people have told me that the bride and groom basically set the tone for the wedding and that as long as they’re having fun, everyone else will too.  I try to just trust in that advice. 

Good luck with everything and again, I’d love to hear more about your wedding if you have the chance to write before the big day! 

Post # 7
1034 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I think having dancing at a small wedding, particularly in the afternoon, is overkill. I just went to a weddng last summer where the bride insisted on this and it was just awkward.

Post # 8
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@ChanlerBride:  Hi!  Yes, we decided on getting a DJ and are hoping for the best!  In the end we thought it would be more awkward to not have dancing. 

Also, on our RSVP cards we asked for song suggestions!  “I promise to dance if you play these songs: ____________________”  😛

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