Happy Friday Friends,
Let’s talk about your reception. Time to bust out those awesome dance moves! The best weddings are the ones where everyone is up dancing all night long. This doesn’t “magically” happen—below are five tips to ensure that your party keeps rockin’!
1. Hire a Professional DJ
A professional knows all the secrets into keeping a dance floor full. Your DJ will ask questions ahead of time to learn your style and the vibe of your guests. The night of your wedding your DJ will read your crowd and will have a great sense as to what songs to play and when. The DJ will also serve as the voice of your entire reception, guiding your crowd from one moment to the next. They will monitor lighting, volume levels, song requests, and all the surprise moments that can pop up.
2. Placement of the Bar
Choose a venue where the bar is set up inside the same room as the dance floor. This is absolutely crucial (believe me—I’ve seen it many times). When bars are placed in outdoor foyers or patios, this is where many of the guests will congregate. The closer you can keep the guests to the dance floor and the music the more lively your dance floor will be.
3. Timing of the Cake Cutting
Do not cut your cake right after dinner, not only do many guests leave following the cake cutting but they will likely still be full from dinner. I’d suggest waiting one hour—plan something fun to happen between dinner and the cake cutting.
4. Do NOT do a “mock exit”
Please, please, please….I beg of you do NOT do a “mock exit.” Many couples do this because they’ve only hired their professional photography for a certain number of hours and don’t want to pay extra to keep them there until the end. However, what couples don’t realize is that this confuses guests and many of them will actually leave following the “mock” exit. A “mock exit” will likely change the energy of the crowd and the general vibe. Instead, please consider hiring your photographer to stay until the end of the evening.
5. Consider adding in an “unexpected” element
Guests love to be surprised! Consider something “fun” to happen after 10pm. Perhaps offering some late night snack stations, or maybe even some wild entertainment to magically appear on the dance floor (like a Michael Jackson impersonator). It can really be anything “different” and unexpected to keep your guests excited.
Remember, the most important element is showcasing your personalities as a couple. The night must feel like it’s “yours.” You guests will love how much thought you’ve put into your special evening.
Until next week,
Jennifer Starr, Style EditorPin It