Seriously, who wants a boring wedding? One of the biggest worries of a bride and groom is that the guests won’t enjoy their time or won’t have much fun at their wedding.
Here are some tips to ensure everyone is having a good time:
- Seat the older guests away from the DJ or band’s speakers and the younger guests closer to the speakers. Older guests are much more sensitive to music than your friends.
- Guests will dance earlier and more often if the lights of the dance floor are more dim.So ask your venue before time not to install bright lights on the dance floor, (and not too dark either!)
- Incorporate family traditions, hobbies and regional customs from both the bride and groom’s side.
- Place song request cards on the table or have them passed out by your DJ or close friends. This will get the guests to start talking about what music they enjoy and what songs they anticipate dancing to.
- A late night snack as simple as a small shawerma sandwich, hummus and falafel, or a hot dog sandwich will be greatly appreciated by the guests who have been dancing (and maybe drinking) all night.
- If someone close to you can’t make it to your wedding, manage to have a small video or voice recording of them wishing you and your partner all the best, and play it during the wedding.
- If you’re planning on having kids attend your wedding, remember when kids are bored they tend to cry, shout and create their own “fun” things to do… Read our article on entertaining kids at your wedding, to keep the little ones occupied.
- Older guests will tend to be among the first to leave, so tailor your music selections accordingly. Towards the beginning of your reception, play more 40's, 50's and 60's hits, mixed with current selections. In the last hour, you can stick to current music; either Arabic, English or a mix of both as you desire. Click here to listen to some wedding songs!
- The beginning of the wedding, before the bride and groom enter, is usually quiet. To stir things up and give your guests something to do before you arrive, let the DJ make an announcement such as: “As you are waiting for the bride and groom to arrive, please take a moment and think about what advice you would give them as newlyweds. What will help them keep their love alive and strong and have a happylife together.”Have papers and pens placed at the DJ’s table or at the front door, or have some ushers distribute them. Throughout the evening the DJ will stop the music and take a moment to read a quote, a couple at a time.
- Soul Train Dance! Go back in time and make the men line up on one side of the dance floor, and ladies on the opposite side. Let your DJ play something fun and hip. Couples at the head of the line dance down the middle. This is a great ice breaker because guests don’t know who they might be paired up with. Have you seen Hitch? How fun did that wedding scene look? Click here to watch!
- If you’re having a video or photo booth, add some party props anda fun background.
- If the dance floor is not very busy, have the DJ invite all the guests to the dance floor so the photographer can take a group photo. Then have the DJ play a fun song that will appeal to the majority of your guests.
- End your wedding differently, plan a surprise for the guest who stayed till the end of the wedding, or make them form a circle around you and your partner with some bubbles or smoke for your last dance.
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