Monday, August 31, 2009

How to pack the dance floor

A couple of people asked on my last post about how the dance floor got so packed so quickly. I must say, the same thing happened at my younger brother's wedding this summer- and didn't happen at many of the other weddings we have attended. It seems that there are a couple of things that can make a difference.

1. The bride and groom must be happy.
If they are happy, it is much easier for everyone else to be happy.

2. The right music is crucial- and live music helps.
Of the three weddings we've attended with live music, 2 had tons of dancing. Of the DJ or ipod weddings, roughly 25% (2 of 8, I think) had a lot of dancing. Regardless of how the music is played, it should be music that everyone, from grandparents on down, should be able to tap their feet to. Our big band played standards from the 1930s, '40s and '50s; my brother and his wife had a funk band that played classics from the 1970s through today. But in each case, most people knew most of the songs.

3. A dance floor in the middle of the room helps.
All of the weddings that I've attended with a lot of dancing had the dance floor in the middle of the room, surrounded on three sides by tables, with the DJ or band on the 4th side. This makes it easier for people who are not dancing to be part of the dance floor, and if people stop to take a break, it is much easier for friends to get them back on the floor.

4. Booze is important.
'nuff said.

5. The bride and groom must be on the dance floor.
My mom asked me if we would go around from table to table at the reception. To her initial dismay, I said no- we were having a receiving line so we wouldn't need to do that. I said that I planned to be on the dance floor the entire night, and if people wanted to talk to me, they could dance with me. Whether it was the right thing to do or not, it worked.

Anyone have other tips to add about how to get the dance floor moving?

1 comment:

Dee said...

oh my goodness rule one!!!! at my bf's wedding reception she was miserable!!! she got sick cause she forgot to eat but she also threw on the drama (shes known for doing that) "almost passed out" durring the introductions and was pretty much in a bad mood for a good part of the reception. and she wasent on the dance floor till late in the party cause she was moping and holding her neighbors daughter the whole time! and the dj wasent great...she had a bunch of full song family dances that went on forever...and there was never an ivitation to join in...we just sat there. oh and no alcohol either!!! but she had reasons for the alcohol but still! it was kinda lame. we left early and they divorced anyway.