If you are planning your big event and you want your dance-floor to be talk of the town, there are several considerations you should be made aware of to ensure your night is all it can be. The following 4 tips will ensure your dance-floor is a blast and talked about for sometime afterward:
The Size of your Dance-floor
The size of a dance-floor is a crucial and often overlooked aspect of an event.
If the size of your dance-floor is too large, the dance-floor can look empty, even with most of your attendees dancing. Additionally, due to the amount of open space that is on large dance-floor it can cause your attendees to become self conscious, dance less confidently or possibly not dance at all. Whereas, if your dance-floor is too small it may not accommodate all of your guests and if quite small some guests may wonder if dancing is actually expected at your event.
Ideally your dance-floor should accommodate roughly 60% of your event attendees as realistically there are some people who will not dance no matter how great your event and others will come and go from the dance-floor throughout the night.
The size of your dance-floor should be a key consideration when choosing your event location. If however you have already chosen your event location and it is not the right size for your event, you can often adjust the size of your dance-floor by moving tables and chairs to make a dance-floor of your desired size.
The lighting of your dance-floor is essential to setting the right mood and allowing guests to feel comfortable. Most people would rightly assume that disco lighting is needed to set a party mood but sometimes forget they should be almost the only source of light on your dance-floor. Attendees often feel self conscious dancing when the dance-floor is well lit as they feel exposed whereas dimmer lighting allows them them feel more at ease on your dance-floor.
When considering the lighting of your dance-floor try to avoid having lights on or near your dance-floor if possible and absolutely avoid holding your dance-floor during day-time hours.
Scheduling is another often looked over aspect when it comes to dance-floor considerations. If possible, there should be a set time when the dance-floor begins so guests are not confused and more importantly, to start your dance-floor off with a bang.
During a wedding reception this time is ideally after the first dance as it can easily transition into inviting close friends and family onto the dance-floor, followed by the remaining event attendees.
However, other events can be more complicated but should follow a similar structure to a wedding reception; with the event’s formalities happening first allowing for the remaining 1-2 hours of the night dedicated to only dancing. This is for 2 reasons:
If the dance-floor is interrupted with formalities it is often harder to get people back on then dance-floor than keeping them there.
Generally your guest attendees will be more willing to dance towards the end of the night as they have been mingling for hours and will feel naturally more sociable and less self-conscious and of course, they may have been drinking.
While seemingly obvious, your song choices you for the night truly matter. The songs you choose should of course be good in terms of quality, but more importantly should consider who is attending your event, particularly in relation to their age and cultural background. Typically, the songs people like are reflective of the music they listened to during their youth or for a culture that they identify with during this time.
Given this, if you have a diverse crowd, usually wedding receptions, a mix of genres and songs from multiple decades is perfect. Whereas if you have a crowd is less diverse, for example an 18th Birthday party, then just songs that the group will typically respond to is best.
Another trap to avoid is to not choose songs that only appeal to you. While it is your night, if your goal is to have a successful dance-floor then your guests need to be your main consideration. The only exception to this rule should be if you have a song of certain significance that should be played during the night, in which case, play it at the start of the night as it will likely go over better as a formality and also not discourage those on the dance-floor later on in the night.