After creating the perfect environment to celebrate your special occasion; an empty dance floor can put a damper on the nights festivities. Stack the odds in your favor, and incorporate the following tips at your wedding or next event to ensure a packed dance floor throughout the evening.
- Alleviate Physical Discomforts
Dancing with high heels can quickly become uncomfortable, and inevitably affect how long your guest is willing to dance. Place a shoe rack next to the dance floor and provide easy, slip-on ballet flats for your guests to change into. By providing a comfortable solution to a hindering problem, you’re breaking the stiffness and encouraging your guests to dance all night long. In addition, equip the ladies room with a touch up station. Include easy fixes like blotting sheets, combs, hair spray, perfume, etc. so guests can break a sweat in confidence.
- Make the Music Interactive
Worried your musical preferences won’t resonate with your guests? Take the guessing game out of the equation and let your guests chime in on their top picks. Start acquiring a list early by promoting your wedding hashtag in your Save the Date and Wedding invitations. Encourage guests to tweet what they want to hear by using your wedding hashtag (#MJRoberts2015), and then use their suggestions to orchestrate the ultimate playlist. Also, have your DJ equipped with Twitter so he can respond to requests in real time.
- Have The Right Size Dance Floor
A dance floor too small looks cramped and unappealing, while a dance floor too big makes people feel self-conscious. Turns out there is a numerical equation for optimizing your dance floor space to encourage dancing. According to The Knot, “There should be at least three square feet of dance floor space for every two guests. So, if you have 150 guests, you would need a 15' x 15' dance floor; 200 guests would be about an 18' x 18' area; 400 guests calls for about 25' x 25' of space.” At Guastavino’s, adding additional flooring to enhance your dance space can easily be accommodated.
- Strategically Arrange Seating
When you begin assigning guests to their seats, arrange them in a way where you have your dancers and influencers nearest to the dance floor. Better yet, spread your guaranteed dancers across multiple tables with guests who need a little extra encouragement. Distribute the talents of these enthusiastic people to get the maximum return on your seating arrangement. In addition, place your noise sensitive and older guests furthest away from the noise sources so they can enjoy their evening without being burdened by loud music.
- Don’t Limit the Music Genre
When it comes to creating a dance friendly playlist, it is important to incorporate various genres of music that elicit a variety of dance styles and moods. Incorporate your favorite songs, but keep in mind, if you’re playlist is strictly one genre, you’ll be alienating certain groups of people. To ensure widespread appeal, choose songs that are familiar and nostalgic. Create a familiar yet personalized playlist, and as the night moves forward allow your guests to influence the musical direction by encouraging requests. Also, it is important to have a highly experienced DJ who knows how to transition between songs, so there isn’t an abrupt break in mood (imagine switching from Ed Sheeran to Ludacris).
One of the most gratifying feelings is looking over your event and seeing your guests thoroughly enjoying themselves. Implement these tips, and you’ll be sure to have a memorable wedding filled with happy guests and a packed dance floor all evening long.
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