Suzannah McFall

August 2, 2023

How to Have the Best Wedding Dance Party

How to Have the Best Wedding Dance Party

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Creating a Memorable Celebration!

The wedding dance party is a crucial part of any celebration, bringing joy, laughter, and unforgettable memories. Let’s dive into some surefire ways to make your dance party a hit, ensuring all your guests hit the dance floor with gusto.

Dancing the YMCA at a wedding
The infamous YMCA got everyone old and young up to dance. I even found this song hard to resist and had a boogie with my camera in hand whilst taking photos!

The First Dance: Setting the Tone for a Fantastic Party!

The first dance is your chance to shine as a couple. Choose a song that reflects your love story and gets everyone in the right mood to groove. With enthusiasm and emotion, you’ll set the perfect atmosphere for an epic dance party.

first dance
Dancing their first dance made for more than great photos, but also, got their guests in the mood to cut some shapes too.

The Father/Daughter Dance: Uniting Guests on the Dance Floor

The father/daughter dance is a heartwarming tradition that can be expanded to involve all guests. Begin with the bride and her father, add the groom and his mother, then invite the entire bridal party to join. Finally, call on all the guests to participate, ensuring no one can resist the dance floor’s allure.

father daughter dance
The Father and Daughter Dance gives all the right feels.

Play a BANGER After the First Dances: Keep the Energy High

After the sentimental first dances, it’s time to crank up the tempo and keep the party spirit alive. Playing an absolute banger will ignite the dance floor and set the tone for an electric evening.

Have the Best Wedding Dance Party
The more people on the dance floor, the better.

Cultural Dance Performances: A Feast for the Senses

Add a touch of cultural flair to your dance party by including a rehearsed or impromptu dance performance. It not only entertains but also engages guests who may not be keen to dance, making it an enjoyable experience for everyone.

Samoan Siva at an Auckland Wedding
A Samoan Siva is my FAVOURITE way to get the party started. So stunning and beautiful to watch with such energy from the guests.

Dances That EVERYONE Knows the Moves To: Irresistible Classics

Incorporate dance hits that come with their own moves – think the Macarena, the Electric Slide, or the Cha-Cha Slide. These classics will draw guests of all ages onto the floor, creating a fun-filled, inclusive atmosphere.

How to Have the Best Wedding Dance Party

Play Banger Songs Everyone Wants to Sing: Belt it Out Together

We all love songs we can sing along to while dancing. So, make sure your playlist features those chart-topping hits that get everyone singing in unison, adding an extra layer of joy to the celebration.

singing to songs at a wedding
No-one can resist a-sing-along.

Play Songs That Encourage Everyone to Join In and Dance Together

Include line dances or group dances that encourage everyone to get involved. From the conga line to the cupid shuffle, these interactive dances create an irresistible sense of unity among guests.

The guests dancing at a wedding

Include Different Genres to Cater to ALL Ages and Groups: Diverse Musical Palette

Include Different Genres to Cater to All Ages and Groups: Diverse Musical Palette
Ensure your playlist caters to everyone’s taste. Mix it up with a variety of music genres – from golden oldies to contemporary hits – so that guests of all ages can find their groove and take to the floor.

Choose an AMAZING DJ or Live Band

Make your wedding dance party an absolute hit by choosing an amazing DJ or band who can set the rhythm, keep the energy high, and create a memorable atmosphere. A skilled DJ or talented band will know how to read the room, engage the crowd, and play a mix of crowd-pleasing tunes that get everyone on their feet. With the right musical maestro, your dance floor will be the heart of the celebration, where cherished memories and laughter will be made that last a lifetime.

Auckland wedding DJ Mixmaster for the best wedding dance party
This amazing DJ Mixmaster knew how to keep the dance party going

PARTY HARD with Your Guests: Lead the Way

A successful wedding dance party is a blend of careful planning, enthusiasm, and a diverse musical palette. By starting with emotional first dances, encouraging participation through group dances, and playing banger songs that resonate with all, you’ll create an unforgettable celebration. Embrace cultural performances and dances with iconic moves to ensure everyone is captivated, even those who prefer to watch from the sidelines. So, let loose, have fun, and dance the night away with your loved ones, making cherished memories that will be treasured for a lifetime.

wedding dance party with bride and goom

DJ & Band Recommendations for the Best Wedding Dance Party

  • Mixmaster: A DJ that will have the party pumping right through the whole night
  • Havana Groove: For a touch of Afro-Cuban rhythm and salsa dancing, Havana Groove will entertain everyone.

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