Getting down is a given at your reception, but you may find that you need to make some wedding dance floor rules so that everyone has fun and no one gets hurt (although, there’s no guarantee there won’t be blisters). Here’s how to make sure your wedding dance floor is the happy place it’s supposed to be.
1. Ban Dance-Offs (Until After 10 PM)
You know it’s going to happen: one of your relatives is going to challenge another to match them move for move. Resign yourself to the fact that your wedding dance floor rules are going to have to cover this eventuality and try to keep the dance-off from happening until later in the evening. Your reception can be completely derailed by a bad dance-off, so the later you can make it happen, the better. Don’t forget, extra time means that the contestants are going to have more time to get a bit tipsy, which will make the dance-off even better when it’s played back on the wedding video.
2. Dance & Let Dance
No matter how badly your family dances, let them dance! Really bad dance moves play really well on the wedding video, and everyone needs to shake their groove thing every once in a while, regardless of how badly they do it. But the number one of your wedding dance floor rules should be “What happens on the dance floor stays there!” At least, until the wedding video is done…
3. Have A Playlist Plan
Whether you’ve hired a DJ or you’re going to have a live band, make sure you’ve communicated with them before your big day to make sure they know about your preferences for your first dance, the father-daughter dance and any other special songs you want to be played. Also, make sure your music provider knows about any songs that are unwelcome (looking at you, Sir Mix-a-Lot).
4. Don’t Force Dancing
There will inevitably be those who do not want to dance, no matter how great the music. One of the most useful wedding dance floor rules is that no one can be forced to dance. Everyone has their own reasons for staying off the dance floor. Make sure no one feels like they have to dance, because there’s nothing worse than having to trot out your moves on the dance floor when you feel like you want to pass out.
5. Keep the Party Going
Let’s face it: empty dance floors are just plain sad. Keep someone dancing as often as possible. Assign a couple of members of your bridal party to be “designated dancers” to keep the sad and empty dance floor thing from happening at your reception. If all else fails and no one is dancing, ask the DJ for a fun song like Macarena or Electric Slide. These are basically siren songs for wedding guests. No one can resist their temptation once the beat starts!