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9 ways to keep your wedding guests on the dancefloor

9 ways to keep your wedding guests on the dancefloor | CHWV

Keep the evening reception exciting and the dancefloor full by following these 9 simple tips.

It's a common worry for brides and grooms that the night of busting moves and throwing shapes on the dancefloor you had envisioned won't go as planned and that the space will be completely devoid of human life. Fear not, though as we are here to help! Take a look at these ways you can make sure that your guests fill the dancefloor and keep the party going until the early hours!

1. Hire a good band or DJ

Make sure you do your research when it comes to finding the entertainment for your wedding reception and pick someone who knows all the secrets behind keeping the dancefloor full. A good wedding band can be a little pricey, but that's usually because they have a proven track record of keeping crowds happy!

9 ways to keep your wedding guests on the dancefloor - Good band or DJ | CHWV

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2. Prioritise the dancefloor

If a night of dancing is of high importance to you on your wedding day, then make it so your dancefloor is front and centre. If it's tucked away in a little corner or a different room, it's less likely that your guests will want to populate it.

3. Provide enough space

This might seem quite obvious but if your dancefloor doesn't provide enough space for your guests to boogie on down, then boogie on down they will not! Speak to your venue and make your dancefloor as large as you need it.

9 ways to keep your wedding guests on the dancefloor - Provide entertainment | CHWV

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4. Take requests

Worried that people won't like the music that's being played? Add a space for song requests to your wedding invitations and ask your guests to suggests their favourites. That way, they're guaranteed to tear up the dancefloor when their song comes on!

5. Don't be too strict

You might be a huge indie fan or R&B obsessive, but that doesn't mean all your guests will be too. Relax the rules a little and speak to your DJ about an eclectic mix of music so that hopefully will get the chance to dance to something they love.

9 ways to keep your wedding guests on the dancefloor - Don't be too strict | CHWV

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6. Remember dancing when planning

With so many different traditions to adhere to and other little bits that you want to include on your wedding day, it's always best to make sure you have it all planned out. Once people start dancing, the worst thing you can do is drag them all away for photos or cake-cutting, and it could result in the dancefloor staying empty. Schedule all these things in and then let people focus on getting their groove on!

7. Think about the feet

It's a fact: high heels and dancing all night are not the best combination. Help out your female guests by providing flats or flip-flops so that they can dance all night in comfort!

9 ways to keep your wedding guests on the dancefloor - Think about the feet | CHWV

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8. Create your seating plan wisely

It goes without saying that some guests will be way more likely to dance than others so why not seat them closer to the dancefloor? That way they'll be straight up there and once they've started the trend, others will most likely follow.

9. Get out there yourself!

The best way to get your friends and family dancing is by tearing it up on the dancefloor yourself. Start things off with your first dance and instantly head into something upbeat that all your guests will want to join you for.

9 ways to keep your wedding guests on the dancefloor - Get out there yourself | CHWV

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So that’s it, abide by these simple rules and your dancefloor will be packed all night! If you’re looking for some music inspiration for your evening reception, why not take a look at our guide to The Best 90s, 90s and 00s Playlists and get prepared for dancing all night!

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