One nightmare that many couples share is.. an empty dance floor! You’ve spent all that time planning everything, including hiring an awesome DJ or wedding band so you’re expecting people to dance. But what if they don’t? Well, if you follow these dance floor engagement tips, you won’t have to worry about it!

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Don’t be a DIY DJ:
Even if you think you’ve made the most ground-breaking playlist ever, you should still hire a DJ or band. Why? Their job is literally to read the room and react to the mood of your guests. Do yourself a favour and let the professionals make sure everyone is having a good time.

Size matters:
Yes, the size of your dance floor matters. If it’s too small, it will feel cramped but if it’s too big, your guests will feel self-conscious. Make sure there is enough room for people to unleash their inner party while still feeling like the room is full! A good rule of thumb: There should be at least three square feet of dance floor space for every two guests.

Location, Location, Location:
If your dance floor is tucked way in the back of the room, away from the DJ, no one is going to dance. Be sure to make it a focal point of the room with good proximity to the bar and you’ll be sure to keep people dancing all night long. Another good trick is to seat friends and family who love to dance closest to the dance floor. They’ll be more likely to get up and start moving early if they have easy access and can encourage others to follow.

Have something for everyone:
A playlist made up entirely of ’80s dance music, rap, or country will alienate some of your guests. Don’t get us wrong, including your favourite genre at your wedding is great, but it’s important to include a little mix of everything—from the ravers to the oldies. Seeing your grandparents dance to Frank Sinatra will not only warm your heart, it will also make for great pictures.

BONUS: Include a line on your RSVPs for guests to request their favourite song so that your DJ can get an idea of what you’re looking for.

Create a (short) do-not-play list:
There’s no bigger dance floor turnoff than hearing a song that reminds you of an old relationship, or one that no one likes. Put together a short list of please-don’t-play songs for your DJ or band to avoid.

Get up there and have fun:
Set an example for everyone by getting your happy selves out there as soon as possible. Grab your wedding party and tear up the dance floor. Guests will love seeing you dancing and will be more likely to join in if you look like you’re having fun.

BONUS: Include some interactive dances like the Cha Cha Slide that are nostalgic and easy to follow.

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