How to Keep your Dance Floor Poppin’

(without resorting to begging)

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and you want to make sure that everyone has a great time, especially on the dance floor. Dancing is a great way to get people to let loose and have fun, but sometimes it can be tough to get everyone up and moving. Here are some tips to help you get people on the dance floor at your wedding.

Start the party early.

One way to get people on the dance floor is to start the party early. After the ceremony, make sure that there is plenty of time for people to mingle, have a few drinks, and loosen up before the dancing starts. This will help people get into the party mood and make it easier to get them on the dance floor later on. Don’t open the dance floor hours after the reception starts, otherwise the energy will tank. One of the best ideas I’ve seen is when the bride and groom go into a party song right after their first dance, and start grabbing people out of the crowd. This gets almost everyone on the floor, and makes for some great images of all your favorite people!

Create the right atmosphere

Creating the right atmosphere is key to getting people on the dance floor. Make sure that the lighting is right and that the music is at the right volume. You want the music to be loud enough to create a party atmosphere, but not so loud that people can’t hear each other talk. While colorful lights are great, if they’re pointed right in people’s eyes it can cause people to avoid the dance floor.

Choose the right music

Choosing the right music is crucial to getting people on the dance floor. You want to choose music that is upbeat and fun, but also that people know and love. A good mix of old and new songs is usually a good choice, as it will appeal to a wide range of ages. Great DJs are SO IMPORTANT to keep the party going. Lulls in music transitions or the wrong song at the wrong time can obliterate the mood. An experienced wedding DJ is pivotal if you want an epic party after your “I Dos”.

Get people involved

Getting people involved is another way to get them on the dance floor. Having colorful and fun props is an easy way to make people want to party (think LED wands, sunglasses, or glow sticks). You could also have a request box for people to request their favorite songs, which will make them more likely to boogie to their favorite jam.

Lead by example

Finally, one of the best ways to get people on the dance floor is to lead by example. Make sure that you and your partner are on the dance floor and having a great time. If people see that you are having fun, they will be more likely to join in. If dancing isn’t really your (or your partner’s) thing, make an effort to bust a move periodically through the night. Fill your playlist with songs that make you wanna get up and MOVE.

Getting people on the dance floor at your wedding takes a little bit of planning and effort, but it is definitely worth it. By creating the right atmosphere, choosing the right music, getting people involved, and leading by example, you can create a party that your guests will remember for years to come. So don’t be afraid to let loose and have fun on your big day!

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