(Closed) Dancing at this reception?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
314 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
1834 posts
Buzzing bee
  • 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
3373 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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 # 8
3696 posts
Sugar bee

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.

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