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  • 16 Tips For A Packed Dance Floor | Wedding Reception Advice From A Professional

    Wedding Reception Advice

    The following 16 tips for a packed dance floor are need to know for every bride and groom in the planning of their wedding reception. By following the advice of a seasoned professional (most of which you probably never even thought of) you are ensuring yourself a great reception. With approximately 40-45 weddings each and every year, we have come to learn what works and what does not. Yes this is your wedding but please give these wedding planning tips some serious thought.

    1. Older Guests Seats
    Do not seat your older guests next to the dance floor or in front of your entertainer/DJ’s speakers. If you have to ask why, forget the DJ and get yourself a harpist.

    2. Wedding DJ's Location
    Do not place your Pittsburgh Wedding DJ in some out of the way corner, they need to be easily seen. Your best entertainers will work to get your guests out on the dance floor, but they must be seen in order to do so. They must be a part of the action, not a side show.

    3. Dance Floor Size
    A dance floor that is “too small” is better than one that is “too big”. This creates the impression that the dance floor is full and will actually attract people. Your guests will be more likely to dance when the crowd is too dense than when they are the only ones out there. If some end up dancing on the carpet because the dance floor is packed so be it-and the story of your floor being so packed people couldn’t even fit on the floor only reinforces my point.

    4. Room Illumination
    Darker is better than lighter for dancing. No one wants anyone to see them dance. A well lit dance floor is always less filled than one that is dimmed and romantic. By adding wedding up-lighting you can illuminate the room with light but still keeping it dark.

    5. Exit Doors
    Keep the exit doors closed. Open doors allow not only unwanted light into the room but also encourages guests to wander outside of the main room. You want to keep the main focus of your guests in the reception room, not outside in the lobby or foyer.

    6. Bar Location(s)
    The bars should always be in the main reception room. If possible the bars should be near the dance floor, but not in a way that the lines at the bar inter-fear with the dance floor. If a bar or even the dessert table is placed outside the room, you will lose a large percentage of your guests to them.

    7. Closing The Bar
    If you need to shut down your bar for an hour or a half hour, do so during dinner. Closing your bar before the evening is over will drain everyone from the dance floor, rush the bartenders and will ultimately end the party sooner than if the bar and entertainment end together. In addition, fewer guests will drink during dinner. Paying six or seven dollars per guest during dinner is truly a waste of money.

    8. Grand Bridal Party Introductions
    Your guests will remember the beginning and the end of the evening more than anything else. Your DJ should do a strong/grand introduction. If done right, it will build more energy and enthusiasm keeping your guests longer. No one wants to miss out on anything.

    9. Music Selections
    Happy music keeps things going while negative and inappropriate music kills a dance floor as well as the room. You want to keep everyone as long as possible. This isn't the time to share with everyone that you have much different music tastes. If guests do not recognize the music being played, they will not dance and possibly leave.

    10. Avoid The Bridal or Money Dance
    Do not do a money dance. Two reasons, number one says to everyone, “stop what you are doing (having fun), come to the dance floor with some money and dance with me for a few seconds.” Number two, your guests view this as a time when they can slip out and not be seen. If you must do a money or bridal dance as it’s properly called, keep it as short as possible. Nowadays many folks do not have cash on them and thus will not participate.

    11. Professional Advice
    Listen to and respect the musical opinions of your entertaining professionals. They do this for a living and if successful, know what they are talking about. Don’t cut out all the “cliche” party songs as you will discover real fast that this will impact the dance floor in a negative way. A wedding reception is not the time or place to prove that you two are into obscure music.

    You are going to have a lot of people that want to have a good time, allow your wedding DJ to do what he/she does best. With that being said we do not play the chicken dance, hokey pokey, macarena etc unless you want them played.

    12. Properly Timed Speeches
    It’s best to have any traditional events or speeches to be done before the dancing begins. If you choose to do several you may have to split them up a bit. Do some before and after dinner, and one or two later on. The more there are, the more chance your guests will become bored and leave early.

    13. Group and Family Pictures
    Your pictures of the bride and groom and the bridal party should be completed prior to the start of dancing. Nothing kills the steam of a party faster than taking the entire bridal party and families outside to the lobby for 20~30 minutes for pictures. Do all your pictures before. It may cost you an extra hour earlier in the day, but you will keep your guests longer.

    14. Feeding Vendors
    It is customary to feed your entertainment and other professionals at the event. For the photographers and videographers this is halfway thru the day and should be fed. We as professional DJ's normally do not eat. Even during the dining time there are several things that we are doing that makes it difficult to take time out to eat. We do however appreciate the gesture.

    15. Ending The Party
    A party should end when it shouldn’t end and not when it has to. Ending a party just before it dies down leaves your guests wanting more and they will remember a packed dance floor, not just the last three couples. We always would rather say goodnight to fifty or a hundred guests than five that are burned out.

    16. Pinching Pennies
    If you have to cut corners, don’t compromise on the Pittsburgh wedding entertainment. Your entertainer/DJ effects everyone in the room and can make or break the evening. My clients have never complained that they paid too much for our services. Experience is king, we are better entertainers after every event we do.