Capitol Advice: Top 5 Tips for Creating a Packed Dance Floor

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  • August 21, 2013

Do you want your dance floor to be packed at your wedding?! Well, other than making sure you hire a top notch band or DJ, we have DJ G Events guest posting today, sharing 5 other tips for getting your guests up and moving – and your dance floor packed. Let’s get this party started (yeah, I went there).

Top 5 Tips for Creating a Packed Dance Floor

[Image : Live It Out Photography]

Hey Capitol Romance readers! DJ G Events is here and ready to tell you the top 5 tips to create a packed dance floor. After playing countless weddings in and around the DC-area, DJ G Events has mastered the art of getting people up and out of their seats, so take a break from stressing about flowers, food, and your guest list, and read on to find out how you can ensure everyone – from grandparents and parents, to friends and loved ones – dances the night away on your special day.

  1. You are the stars of the show

People come to your wedding to see you. Surprise! This means that if you and your betrothed prefer to chat at the bar or hangout at your table, so will your guests. If, on the other hand, you’re hiking up your gown or loosening your tie while trying not to sweat through your dress shirt as your jump up and down to your favorite songs, rest assured your guests will do the same.  So free your mind and get out on that dance floor – the rest will follow.

[Image : Kristi Odom Photography]

  1. Set a schedule

One of the biggest myths of wedding planning is that your dance floor needs to be packed for the entire reception. But, even seasoned party animals need to hydrate and rest their feet from time to time. Avoid dance floor fatigue by creating a reception schedule that splits the dancing into 45 or 60 minute sets using natural breaks like: speeches, bouquet toss, cake cuttings, and dessert service.  You and your guests will appreciate the down time, and will hustle back to the dance floor re-energized.  Make sure your DJ / band and caterer communicate regarding the reception timeline, so that everyone is on the same page and the night flows seamlessly.

Click inside for the rest of DJ G’s Tips for having a packed dance floor at your wedding!

  1. Nothing is out of bounds

The summer months can be filled by an endless stream of weddings.  Set yours apart by interjecting some unique games, dances, or other events into the reception. What makes these successful is making them personal to the bride and groom and encouraging friends and family to get on board with the idea.  I’ve seen it all, and here are some events that may have sounded a bit crazy on paper, but turned out to be the most memorable part of the evening: re-enacting a pickle eating contest, staging a couples dance-off to 30 second clips of music from varying genres, turning your first dance into a choreographed masterpiece, singing your alma mater’s fight song around the cake, or teaching everyone how to Wobble.  Whether you would like your guests to square-dance, get down with the Cupid Shuffle, or perform a traditional dance from your heritage, don’t be afraid to step outside the box.

[Image : Rebekah Hoyt Photography]

  1. The 70s were not a musical wasteland

A good dance floor means having people from all generations – from flappers to twerkers – up and dancing.  To accomplish this, your DJ or band should be able to choose solid tracks from both a wide variety of genres and decades. Hesitant to play doo-wop for grandma and grandpa, or disco for mom and dad? No problem.  Work older tracks into the beginning of dance sets and trust your music manager to work their way up through the decades. Before you know it, you’ll be fist pumping alongside octogenarians to modern music like David Guetta, Usher, and Maroon 5.

  1. Winner winner, chicken or vegetarian dinner

And finally, the most important tip to remember is to pick the right DJ / band. How do you know whether you’re picking a winner? Check for sound samples on their website. Ask for testimonials or references from previous clients. Schedule a meeting to discuss your musical preferences, and make sure they are amendable to your requests. Also, determine their comfort level with making announcements that are appropriate for a wedding – not a club or a bar mitzvah.  There is a difference.

By using these tips and being upfront with what you’re looking for, your music manager will be able to provide you and your guests the event of your dreams.

[The Winn Brothers Band, Image : Live It Out Photography]

Trusting your music provider is one of the most important aspects of ensuring your wedding is one to remember, and not all music vendors are the same.

[Image : Live It Out Photography]

What do you think? Did Josh with DJ G Events hit all the right tips? Don’t forget to contact DJ G Events if you are interested in hiring him for a complete “music management” experience on your wedding day!

Thanks Josh!

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