Tuesday, July 24, 2012

How to Make People Dance at Your Wedding

One of the biggest pieces of advice I can offer to a couple planning a wedding or any special event is to be proactive against distractions. The term distraction can mean many things, but when it comes down to it, I am talking about oallowing too may entertainment options at once and subsequently splitting your audience, and giving your guests excuses not to dance.

"Wouldn't it be cool if we had a DJ in one room, and a band or acoustic act in the other?"  This sounds like a neat idea.

"How about we run a photo booth all night, even while the band is playing so that people who dont like the band, or those who don't want to dance have something to do?"  This too sounds like a great idea, when you can afford it. But take heed, homeslice.

Offering multiple entertainment options taking place at the same time splits the audience. This makes people interact less, and leaves some guests out of the fun. It means less people dancing and less people seeing the acoustic band play a great number.

Distractions can also be inherent in the hall's layout. If there is a great smoker's lounge, or a separate bar with a ballgame playing down the hall, you can bet that a few of your non-dancey-pants guests may set up camp and miss your hoped-for main attraction.

"But I want to have a photo booth, or a band AND also have the DJ playing. What do I do?" 

Simple. Chop up the time and assign each attraction not to overlap the dancing. Have a the first cocktail hour, for example, only be for the live band, or only run the photo booth the first two and a half hours to leave the very end just for dancing.

Take heed, homeboy. If you do this, more people we default to dancing for entertainment with no distractions. Thn,  you will have the full dance floor that you are hoping for.