Your wedding day is a big deal – it’s one of the most important events of your life and you want to make sure that everyone has a blast celebrating with you. One of the best ways to ensure a fun and memorable atmosphere is by getting everyone out on the dance floor! Want to know the secrets to a packed dance floor? We tapped our professional wedding DJs for these 8 tips.
1. Call on the pros to guide the evening
The first secret to getting everyone on the dance floor is to choose the right music and having a professional You want to make sure that the DJ you hire is experienced and knows how to read the crowd. They should be able to play a variety of songs that appeal to different ages and musical tastes. Consider adding some classic and modern hits to keep everyone entertained.
BONUS TIP: Kick the night off with a strong starter song, something that appeals to everyone to get all of your guests pumped for the party. Songs with a Detroit themed anthem are always a hit. Think of songs by Eminem, Kid Rock, or even ‘Detroit Rock City’ by Kiss.
2. Create a Must Play / Do Not Playlist
There’s nothing worse than hearing that Miley Cyrus song you can’t stand or another Taylor Swift song that will get stuck in everyones hand. Did you know that creating a “Do Not Playlist” for your wedding DJ is just as important as selecting the songs you do want to hear at your wedding reception? It’s true! By providing a list of songs you don’t want to hear, you can help make sure that the music played on your special day reflects your personal taste and preferences, and avoids any potential awkward or uncomfortable moments.
Don’t know where to start? Check out this custom Spotify playlist curated by our professional DJ’s. These are songs the pros say get all ages on the dance floor!
Spotify Playlist: Songs that Pack Dance Floors For All Ages
3. Keep the energy up
A high-energy atmosphere is essential for keeping guests on the dance floor. Consider adding special lighting effects, such as professional uplighting or even a disco ball, to create a fun and festive mood. You can also encourage guests to get up and dance by having the wedding party lead a group dance or have your DJ play a popular line dance (that you approve of).
4. Bar service
Want to turn your party into a bash? Just add alcohol! Offer your guests a signature cocktail or a selection of wines and beers to complement the meal, and watch as they loosen up, dance like nobody’s watching, and maybe even make some questionable life decisions (that hopefully you’ll be able to relive in your wedding video!) Of course, don’t forget to provide some non-alcoholic options too, because no one wants to be the party pooper stuck watching everyone else’s shenanigans.
5. Plan surprises
Surprise your guests with unexpected elements throughout the reception to keep them engaged and entertained. This could include a surprise performance by your professional wedding DJ (some of ours play instruments), anniversary dance, choreographed performance between bridal party etc.
6. Take requests
Make sure the wedding DJ or band is open to taking requests from guests throughout the night. This will ensure that everyone hears their favorite songs and feels included in the festivities. For more tips check out this blogs: Remember These 5 Things When Requesting Songs At A Wedding
7. Don’t go overboard on slow songs
While slow songs have their place, playing too many of them can kill the vibe and empty the dance floor. To keep the party going, it’s important to have an upbeat playlist that keeps people on their feet. A skilled wedding DJ will know how to read the crowd and mix in slow songs with fast ones to maintain momentum. But ultimately, it’s up to the bride and groom to communicate their preferences and ensure their wedding reception is the dance party of their dreams.
8. Have fun yourself
Finally, remember that as the couple getting married, you set the tone for the reception. If you’re having fun and dancing, your guests will be more likely to join in and have a great time as well. Make sure to take breaks throughout the night to greet and thank your guests, but don’t forget to hit the dance floor and enjoy your special day.
Ready to Choose Your Own Wedding DJ?
If you’re in the market for a wedding DJ, then look no further than Mike Staff Productions. With us, you get to be the one who calls the shots. That’s right – YOU choose your own DJ!
Here’s how it works:
- First, we’ll set up a virtual meeting or schedule a quick call with our team. Then, you’ll get to watch video profiles of our award-winning wedding DJs in action. This will give you a chance to get familiar with their personality, style, and how they handle announcements, introductions, toasts, and the first dance. How cool is that?
- You’ll also get the chance to ask any questions you may have, and we’re here to help answer them. We want to make sure you have all the information you need to make the best decision for your big day.
We understand that there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all wedding DJ. That’s why we invite you to be a part of the process and choose the DJ that fits you best. So don’t wait – let’s find your perfect match today!