Post # 1
Ok so here is my dilemma. Half of the people that will be attending my wedding does not know English perfectly and only dance to Spanish music. The othet 1/4 know Spanish and English but are an older crowd who I don’t think will dance at all. And maybe the other 1/4 is composed of my Fiance and my friends…which is not a lot! They are in their mid twenties and most are single. Now my question is I would love to have some sort of happy medium. My Fiance and I are not big on dancing but would be open to the idea if it was fun and well the dance floor was kind of full. But having this mix of people is impossible to have anyone dancing. What do I do in this situation? I don’t want my reception to be boring. And I am afraid it will be. The mixture of people don’t match and I’m stuck here debating what I should do. Btw I’m not big on Spanish music at all. So that’s def not an option for us. An our choice of music is kind of odd lol let me just say I will be walking down the isle to guns and roses sweet child of mine- the tune of course! He sang this song to me back when I was 15 it has a lot of sentimental value to us! Anyways bees…what do I do? Please help!
Post # 3
if your having a dj, he/she will/should be able to read the crowd and not allow the dancefloor to get bare. you can also ask you dj for suggestions and work out a plan that works for you and your Fiance
Post # 4
A lot of Top 40 artists are crossover artists- Pitbull, Flo Rida, Shakira. Talk to your DJ and express your concerns. They’ve certainly dealt with similar before.
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
About 1/3 to 1/2 of our guests were Persian and love dancing to Persian music. They dance at all of the family dinner parties, so I knew if we played some Persian music that would get them out on the dance floor.
After dinner, toasts, and cake cutting, when it was time for the real dancing to begin, our DJ started out with some Persian songs, which got most of the Persian guests onto the dance floor. After a few songs, he started mixing in some popular American songs (Gangnam style, cupid shuffle, a lot of Top 40 songs), as well as some of our personal favorites that are a little less mainstream but are high-energy and dance-able. These got a lot of the younger people out on the dance floor, but at that point the older people had had a few drinks and were already on the dance floor, so they just kept dancing. If half your guests are Spanish, I would recommend playing SOME Spanish music to please them and get them on the dance floor, but provide a second playlist for your DJ with your favorite music and some general crowd pleasers. Gangnam style and cupid shuffle both got a lot of extra people on the dance floor at our reception.
The other things I think that helped us were that we kept the alcohol flowing, so people loosened up a little, and when we walked around during dinner to great each table, I asked everyone to dance once the dancing started – I made it clear that they would HAVE to dance 😉
Good luck! Hope that helps!
Post # 6
Make sure no matter what that you still have some slow dances. Married couples, especially the older crowd you have will dance to that.
There are lots of popular spanish top 40 songs that your friends will dance to. I’m sure they’ll dance to spanish songs too. Salsas are fun to dance to even if you can’t salsa. For the rest, you might want to make sure to get a spanish DJ who has lots of spanish songs and knows what’s popular.
Post # 7
Thank you so much for the advice! It really helps a lot to know that some of you went through the same ordeal! I will definitely seek out a dj that can incorporate all of this. I wonder how it will turn out! I just want everyone to have a good time and enjoy themselves! Also any advice on who is the one that “hosts” the reception. Like the person that gets everyone going….not sure if this is the correct word…I just don’t want everyone to be clueless as to what will happen next and not be organized! Thank you bees once again 🙂
Post # 8
I think you’re thinking of the emcee (short for Master of Ceremonies)?
Most of the time the DJ takes on this role. You can also ask a friend or family member to do it for you, if you know of someone who is comfortable with public speaking and would be good at it. We had a buddy of mine do this, and it was very basic – he just introduced the toasts, etc., when it was time to do them, and added just enough structure to keep things flowing, without making it overly elaborate.