Many couples will measure the success of their wedding reception according to how many guests ultimately hit the dance floor. And if you want your reception to be a dance-worthy hit, then it’s important to do some planning before time to make sure that your guests will want to dance. Here are some tips for making sure that your guests will be up for dancing at your wedding reception.
Go with well-known dance songs.
We covered this in a blog post from earlier this month about selecting dance-worthy wedding reception music, so we won’t belabor the point here. In short, it’s important to remember that people are most likely to dance to what’s familiar. Instead of using your reception as an opportunity to get creative and obscure, go with what people know and always love to dance to. Then, you can get more creative with your other wedding music, such as the procession, recession, and first dance music.
Make your dance floor the right size.
Talk to your venue about how many guests will be attending your wedding, and let them help you with a setup that is most conducive to dancing. You want a dance floor that isn’t too small, but also that isn’t too big. If a dance floor is too big, it will look like nobody is dancing no matter how many of your guests really are.
Dim the lights.
There’s something about dimming the lights that makes people feel more comfortable about dancing. Talk to your venue about creating the right ambiance with lighting so that people will want to dance.
Offer dancing shoes.
While definitely not a necessity, it can help to offer your guests (particularly your female guests) proper “dancing shoes” at the reception as a wedding favor. Flip flops and flats are more affordable than you might think if you buy them in bulk. This gives wedding attendees who came in heels an opportunity to kick off their heels and dance in flip flops or flats instead.
Designate a space for leaving shoes.
Alternatively, if you’re okay with people dancing barefoot, you can designate an area where guests are free to take off and leave their shoes. (Some couples even get creative and refurbish an old dresser for this purpose.) That way, people will know that dancing barefoot is kosher—and no one will have to worry about getting their foot stabbed by a stiletto on the dance floor.
Hire a DJ.
DJs are experts at gauging a crowd and selecting the perfect dance music for wedding guests. Hire a DJ and then leave it to them to get the crowd dancing during your reception. As a bonus, your DJ will serve as emcee during your reception, hyping up the crowd for some major dancing.