If an epic dance party is the top priority on your wedding planning checklist, these tips are for you. We’ve seen some fantastic wedding reception dances, and these tips always seem to make a wedding dance a big hit for both couples and guests.
Two words: WOW factor.
Impress your guests the moment they walk into the door. Choose a venue with all the details that leave guests awestruck and ready for mingling and dancing. The right décor, like lighting, signage, and table décor, can put your guests in the mood for a night of serious dancing. If a vintage wedding is more to your liking, complement the historical details of your venue with vintage décor and songs.
Make sure your venue has the power for a dance party.
If you want to host the ultimate dance party with a fantastic song play list and cool lighting, ensure that your venue has the electrical system to pull it off. During the wedding venue tour, ask venue staff if the venue has hosted DJs and bands in the past (as well as these other questions). You can also request information about electrical requirements from your entertainer.
Look for a dance floor Goldilocks would approve of.
If a packed dance floor is your goal, take steps to make sure it doesn’t feel packed. The right dance floor is like the Goldilocks fairy tale: not too big and not too small. A small dance floor can drive guests away because they don’t want to be jostled; a dance floor with room to spare can look empty and unappealing.
Choose a venue with a strategically-located bar.
One of the easiest ways to empty a dance floor is to make guests work to get a beverage. Choose a venue with a bar near the dance floor, or station a beverage station within a quick walk from the dance floor.
To add “memorable” to the list of words that come up in conversations about your wedding, add a surprise to the wedding reception line-up. Choose a surprise from the list, or come up with a custom surprise that fits you as a couple. A choreographed first dance can make guests cheer, or schedule a surprise visit by your favorite sports mascot (maybe from the school where you first met?).
Be selective about your wedding entertainers.
The best parties are led by top-quality entertainers. When searching for entertainers, seek out quality entertainers who come highly recommended and have experience. Be cautious about entertainers who don’t have a list of clients that can recommend them (from personal experience) or don’t have a contingency plan in case of an emergency.
Serve a late-night wedding course.
If you want to keep guests on the dance floor, serve a late-night course so your guests aren’t heading out for a snack. For a themed wedding, choose a dish that fits with the occasion. If you have a favorite that you didn’t serve earlier, ask your caterer to bring out platters for the perfect dance party fuel.