Dancing – some tips

Dancing at weddings – it’s just what you (have to) do isnt it? You drink pretty much all day, have a large three course meal with a large slice of […]

Dancing at weddings – it’s just what you (have to) do isnt it? You drink pretty much all day, have a large three course meal with a large slice of cake at the end and then shake it all up on the dancefloor. Boys, you might be wearing a morning suit, or worse still, your work suit. Girls, you’re wearing killer shoes that are killing you. Outfits that really aren’t deisgned to dance in with any style. You’ll do your first dance and then everyone will pile onto the dancefloor for about 3 songs. A quick blast to ABBA or the current favourite, ‘I Gotta Feeling’ by the Black Eyed Peas, and it’s back to the bar. After that your band or DJ will be left playing to all the small kids who are delirious with tired and chasing the flashing lights around the dancefloor, whilst granny complains about how loud the music is. There is then a huge void in the dancing until just before the evening ends when everyone piles back on for a spot of Robbie Williams or Ol’ Blue Eyes etc.

Ask yourselves these questions…

  1. Do you and your friends like dancing? Will they want to dance? Yes? Get a band or a DJ. No? Do something else by way of evening entertainment. You dont have to have dancing.
  2. What time of year and what time of day will you be dancing? If your first dance is at 8pm in the summer it will still be broad daylight outside. When was the last time you danced when everyone could see you? It will also be hot. A load of full, half-cut, unfit wedding guests will only last 3 songs before they need a sit down.
  3. Is the area you intend to use for dancing fit for purpose? If it is miles away from the bar then probably not. If it doesnt even have a dancefloor and you’ll be dancing on the carpet then probably not. Is the area big enough for everyone?
  4. Will you have a band or a DJ? DJ is the cheaper option but it is rare to find a DJ who actually DJs rather than playing unmixed tunes through a glorified ipod. Having a band is always a more interactive experience and will almost always get more people on the dancefloor as a result, but they can be expensive for 2 maybe 3 x 45 min sets if no one is dancing. Bands also take up much more space which may already be at a premium.

Here are some tips…

  1. Make the dancing area dark. People dont dance if they think everyone can see them.
  2. Have as many flashing lights and smoke machines as you can. DJs always have more of this than bands. The better dancing atmosphere you create, the more dancing you’ll get.
  3. Have a proper dancefloor. This can be a simple wooden one or a flashy mirrored one – rock and roll!
  4. Use props – inflatable guitars etc are really great as are wigs and hats etc. It makes people muck about and can fill a dancefloor.
  5. Dont have a really long evening. Everyone gets knackered and way too pissed. Short and sharp and leave on a high. 3 or 4 hours absolute max.