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How to make sure your wedding dance floor is never empty

Get your guests dance all night long with these handy hints and tips.

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How to make sure your wedding dance floor is never empty
Dance floor rules. Image: Ellie Gillard

Conga lines, ties on heads and many, many dance-off  – that is what a wedding disco is all about! Make sure your dance floor is constantly filled with fun-loving party people with these top tips for an awesome wedding reception party.

Ask for song requests
On your RSVPs include a space for guests to write down the one song guaranteed to get them on the dance floor. Once you have them all back, you can begin creating a playlist that will never disappoint!

Choose an upbeat first dance song
First dances don’t need to be all melancholic swaying – set the tone for the reception party with a seriously awesome first dance! Choose your favourite party tune or maybe even a swing dance to get everyone clapping along.

Get an amazing band
There’s nothing quite like live music to get your guests on the dance floor. Find a band that fits your party style – you're not limited to just rock and pop – have you thought about a Mariachi band or even a ceilidh? Get ready for a party no one will ever forget.

Create a fabulous playlist
If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to a band or a DJ, you can always have a playlist disco – however, make sure you spend some time creating it. Don’t just go on your own personal tastes, think about amazing dance songs from across all the eras (your mum won’t be happy unless she hears some Abba) and try to organise your songs into different genres so there’s a bit of a flow.

No skippers please
If you are having a playlist disco, make sure you password protect it or ask an usher or bridesmaid to guard the list. Don’t allow any skippers or song adding – it just gets frustrating.


Image: Kate Gray Photography

Provide comfy shoes
Fill a basket with cheap flip-flops so your female guests can kick off their heels and get down on the dance floor!

Check your sound restrictions
Ask your venue if there are any volume or time restrictions on your music. There’s nothing worse than tunes being constantly cut-off for volume reasons or a band who has to go home early.

Need some more help? These are the WORST wedding songs that you must avoid at all costs.

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