- 5 years ago
- Wedding: December 2018
Hey ladies! I’m a newish waiting bee and am so excited just to be thinking about him putting a ring on it and being able plan my own wedding after attending hundreds of other people’s big days!
Right now I’m nearing the end of a 4 month contract singing as part of a duo in a hotel in spain. This crazy life has taken me all over the world, to 3 different continents, 27 different countries and in front of crowds as massive as 12,000 or as tiny as one man and his dog in a tiny pub. I truly love my job! When im at home in the UK ive been fortunate enough to be a part of so.many.weddings as the singer in various wedding bands….and believe me when I say I have some stories to tell!
My biggest concern for my own wedding will no doubt be exactly the same as the one i hear most commonly from brides – ‘I really want an amazing dance party complete with air guitars, uncles with ties knotted round heads and lots and lots of dancing…but what if my guests won’t dance?!’ , I’m pretty sure ive seen it all so I thought I’d put together a wee list of my top tips to consider if you’re hoping to have the dance floor heaving all night!
1. LIGHTING. This is so obvious but you’d be shocked at the number of events where people are expected to get down with their bad selves on the dance floor while its as bright as the midday sun! In my experience, especially at the start of the evening people can still be a bit nervous to hit the dancefloor. The cover of darkness works WONDERS to conceal any embarrasment and encourage your guests onto the floor! Here’s my top tip…make sure your venue has a dimmer switch, have them dim lights (the darker the better) when the dancing portion of the evening begins.
Most bands come with or have access to disco type lights but this is usually to light the band. It is SO worth speaking to your band or venue to find out of you can hire an extra set of lights to point at the dance floor. They’re usually really inexpensive and I don’t know why but the difference in atmosphere is HUGE!
2. SIZE OF THE VENUE. Nothing kills a dance party like a massive venue filled with so few people its like the last few peas rolling around in the freezer bag! Intimate is most definitely better when it comes to a dance party! If you’re having dinner in the same room as the dancing will be, enquire about having the staff remove some of the tables and chairs…you won’t need them all anyway and having hundreds of tables and chairs will only encourage sitting and chatting…definitely not dancing!
3. LAYOUT OF THE VENUE. It’s also important to remember that if the bar is located in a different room to the dance floor or if there are multiple rooms within the venue, people will be inclined to wander around. FACT: people will always congregate around the bar. If your bar is located in a different room It’s worth looking into maybe setting up a cocktail station or other refreshment stand in the same room. Like I said in point two, for a dance party, keeping people in an intimate space is hugely beneficial so you don’t want to lose half of your guests to the lure of jäger bombs or beers!
4. LEAD BY EXAMPLE. Want people to dance? Show them! Enjoy the dance floor yourself!
5. MUSIC. Most bands have huge amounts of experience when it comes to playing the right songs at the right times. We know how to read a crowd and if a crowd responds amazingly to sweet child of mine at the end of the night we might try a bit more air guitarry type stuff to keep the dance floor going…equally if people start to leave the floor we know to try something else! Most bands are happy to learn a few requests for you if they don’t already know them – use these requests to make sure the songs you know your crowd with go crazy to are played!
So ladies, these are nothing more than common sense but you have no idea how often some (or all of these) are ignored! I hope this has been a little helpful to some of you! happy planning and even happier wedding days to you all!