by Dave Wilkins from Star Productions DJs
1. Pre-planning goes a long way
Meet with your DJ ahead of time to let him/her know what your favorite songs are.
Some DJ’s will give you an online option to pick available party songs…allowing you to select your “must plays,” “play if possibles” and “DO NOT PLAY” songs. If you love the music, you’re more likely to dance, and that gets your guests out of their seats to dance with you!
2. Mix it up!
Your DJ might know of extended versions of your favorite songs. Do you want them to freestyle? Be sure to ask your DJ what options are available and select what sounds best to you!
3. Appeal to your entire audience
Most weddings have a guest list that includes all ages from teen to elder. Ask your DJ to mix in dance music from the 50s to today to ensure everyone hears something they want to dance to!
4. Mix in those oldies early
Older guests will leave the reception earlier than your younger guests. Be sure to include the songs that they would want to dance to earlier, rather than later so they will be able to dance with you!
5. (You guessed it) Mix in today’s hits later
By playing the latest hits later in the evening you can keep your friends on the dance floor until the night is over! If you’re not familiar with today’s hits, ask your DJ for help!
6. Think globally
Be sure to mix in music that may appeal to guests traveling from different areas of the world or country. If you know your Irish aunt Sally loves a certain Irish hit, invite her to dance with you to her favorite song! She’ll love you for it.
7. Pace yourself
While you may want lots of great dance songs to pack the dance floor…keep in mind…not everyone dances to fast songs. A good combination of the dance floor mix should include a slow song or two. Many DJ’s will play 5 fast songs for every 2 slow songs.
8. You don’t need to turn it up to 11
Overall volume should be good, but not too loud for everyone to be able to have fun on the dance floor! A good DJ should know the difference!
9. Break the ice
Consider hiring a DJ with experience in getting guests to interact with ice breaker type dances that will get everyone on the floor. This can really help get things started for guests who may not know many others at the party.
10. Convey your vision to your DJ!
Imagine a packed dance floor… What is it like? Be sure to fill your DJ in on what you want from your wedding dance floor. Tell them what you loved about other weddings you’ve been to- and tell them what you didn’t like about previous weddings you’ve attended.
Don’t forget, your guests are coming to your wedding to celebrate with you! If you’re on the floor, they will be too. Getting out there and letting loose is really the best way to ensure you have a great dance floor on your wedding day!