- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
I LOVE dancing, and we had a ton of dancing at our wedding – almost every guest was on the dance floor. I will dance at any wedding where there are at least a few other people dancing – I would’ve been really sad if no one danced at ours. At our own wedding, we were pretty much ecstatic and were dancing up a storm. You might get carried away by the moment and dance a little more than you’re used to.
Here are some tips for getting people on the dance floor:
1) When you’re mingling with your guests during cocktail hour or dinner, tell them that you want everyone to dance! We greeted each table during dinner, and I said something like, “You guys all have to come out on the dance floor tonight!” Honestly, I think letting your guests know that you want to create a dance party is important.
2) Choose your DJ well. We read a lot of reviews of different DJs in our area before we chose our DJ, and we met with him in person before we booked him to make sure we liked him and that he wouldn’t have an obnoxious “DJ voice.”
3) Choose your playlist carefully. Our guests were a mix of ages – about 40% in their 20s and 30s, 60% guests in their 40s-60s+. I’ve been to weddings with plenty of middle-aged guests where the DJ only played rap and Top 40 music – and not surprisingly, very few of the older guests danced. I’ve also been to weddings where only wedding classics (“We Are Family,” “YMCA,” etc.) were played, and not as many of the young people danced. We put together a pretty long playlist for our DJ with some top 40 hits (we tried to avoid ones with over-the-top explicit lyrics, for the sake of the elderly guests), some popular older songs (Michael Jackson/Jackson 5, Prince, Frank Sinatra, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, The Temptations, Elton John, Queen, etc.), cheesy 90s music (DH and I both secretly love Spice Girls, BSB, Salt n Peppa, etc. haha), a few country songs, and some Persian music (since DH’s family is Persian). Some people leave everything up to their DJ, but Darling Husband and I are picky and know our crowd pretty well. We also tried to avoid indie/underground music and stick with well-known music that most of the guests would recognize and feel comfortable dancing to.
4) Encourage your guests to choose music. Put something in the RSVP cards that asks for their favorite song (Miss Armadillo recently did a post on her invitations, and she did that) or set out DJ request cards on your dinner tables for guests to fill out and hand to the DJ –
@Pinkmoon: That is so beautiful!!