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Tips To Pack Your Dance Floor

Megan & Derek Engdahl

Megan & Derek Engdahl

These are a few tips gleened from an article on brides.com concering keeping your events dance floor rockin’!

1. Listen to your DJ
While asking your guests for song requests and giving your DJ some general guidance is great, please don’t turn him or her into a human iPod by listing out every single jam everyone wants played.  Some songs are not easy to dance to and will kill the party.  An experienced DJ will already have the know how to read the crowd and play the type of music that everyone will enjoying.

2. Start The Night Right
Getting people onto the floor is half the battle.  And experienced DJ will know how to get people started dancing while encouraging others to join in the fun.

3. Mix up the music
And don’t forget to blast popular picks from a variety of generations! “Some musicians would rather play songs they prefer, but if you stick to the big hits, you’re guaranteed to get (and keep) your guests on the dance floor,” assures Jerry Wise, co-founder and vocalist of Austin-based national wedding band, theMatchmaker Band.

5. Make sure there’s a bar nearby
Because cocktails always encourage guests to let loose, duh! “The bar should be near or in the same room as the dance floor,” advises Wise. “If it’s in another room, you’re going to be quick to lose dancers.”

6. Engage the audience
To revive a dead dance floor, have your MC get a bit more interactive. “I’ve seen band members move out into the crowd while singing, even dancing with grandma! DJs can orchestrate some fun competitions or games.”

7. Remember: Timing is everything
“For example, you don’t want to clear the dance floor in the middle of a great party to do your cake cutting because it may not fill up again,” cautions Boston-based award winning photographer Kristin Griffin. “Consider cutting your cake in between dinner courses before the dancing officially kicks off.”

8. Make sure you and your groom are busting a move

Last but certainly not least, make sure you’re out there and at the center of it all. No one can resist a smiling bride and groom on the dance floor.

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