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10 Ways To Keep Your Dance Floor Full

Monday 08th February 2016

1.  Keep the space small. Even if there are lots of people up dancing, when the dance floor is too big, the space can look empty. A packed floor feels more like a party, and you’ll encourage more people to get up when the dance floor is full of energy.

2.  Start with a bang. Getting people up is half the battle. Make sure the DJ starts off with a high energy, party classic that’ll get people in the mood. Another good idea is to get your band or DJ to invite other couples onto the dance floor half way through your first dance. That way they're likely to stay when the party really gets going.

3.  Don't start too early. Some people are keen to get the party started as soon as they've finished eating, but it's wise to let everyone digest, mingle and have a few more drinks before they hit the floor. I'd definitely suggest waiting at least an hour before starting the first dance, and then go from there.

4.  Play songs for every generation. A good DJ or party band will play tunes from lots of genres, appealing to grandparents, parents, friends and younger guests. It’s about keeping everyone entertained, and playing something that all ages know and enjoy.

5.  Lights, lights, lights. Make sure the venue can dim their lights. No-one wants to be busting a move in harsh bright lighting. You definitely don’t want it too dark either. Your band or DJ should be able to create the right atmosphere with some simple classy moving lights and a few up-lighters to give the dance floor some ambience.

6.  Check if there's a sound limiter. Some venues have limiters which cut out the music completely if it gets too loud. It's not as much of an issue for a DJ to turn down, but for live bands these can be a total nightmare. More sensitive limiters can really put a dampener on the night when you can hear your guests chattering louder than the music (trust me, it happens a lot).

7.  Keep the bar and other entertainment in the same room as the dance floor. People start to loosen up once they’ve had a few proseccos, so when the bar is close to the dance floor you’re on to a winner. If the bar is in a separate room, you’re going to lose your thirsty dancers and it's sometimes difficult to drag people back.

8.  No interruptions once the party’s started. Pausing to cut the cake, make a toast, or getting everyone outside for a group photo will empty the dance floor and it can be tricky to get everyone back into the flow. Try to get everything done before the dancing starts, letting the party build, so the floor stays packed until the very end.

9.  Have faith in your DJ. It’s a great idea and very helpful to give your DJ an idea of the songs you love and don’t love, but try not to turn your DJ into a human iPod. You should trust their judgement and experience to change up the tunes as needed, not just stick with your pre-arranged list. I'm definitely not a fan of the cheese, but once people have had a few they’re asking for the Macarena and the Grease Megamix, and it's cheesy tunes that often get people up.

10.  Get on the floor yourselves. People always want to be near the bride and groom at a wedding, so the best way to fill up your dance floor is to get your groove on. Don’t spend the entire night making the rounds and chatting to every single person in the room – Get on the floor, and your friends and family won’t be able to resist joining you for a boogie.

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