Organised Dancing at a Wedding Reception
Make no mistake about it, organised dancing is hugely popular. Thanks to shows like Strictly Come Dancing, there has been a new wave of interest in dancing in forms such as Latin and ballroom and people are going mad for lessons in forms such as salsa. Therefore, having an organised dancing section at your wedding can be a good idea - but knowing where to start can be like looking for a needle in a haystack.
Think of Your GuestsIf you have decided on having dancing at your reception, the next thing you need to do is make sure it is as inclusive as possible. If you have a lot of elderly guests, a high energy ceilidh might not make the best entertainment for them. Although people always enjoy watching others dance, it would be nice to think that as many of your guests as possible can join in. Therefore, in those circumstances, a tea dance may be more appropriate.
Include Your Heritage and InterestsThe best weddings are always ones which showcase the personality of the couple who are getting married. It is often in the little details that this comes through and an organised dance can be the ideal way to do this. It is not always an obvious link, although it can be, but it should be reflective of who you are as people. If you enjoy country and western music, or have holidayed in Texas, then a line dancing section of the wedding seems perfect. Likewise, if you are Scottish or have some Gaelic connection, then a ceilidh can be great fun. Perhaps you can even incorporate your first dance into the theme and tie that in in some way as well.
Book A Good OrganiserWedding receptions always flow better when there is someone in charge of the minutiae of proceedings, such as the order of the speeches or when to do the receiving line. An organised dancing section is certainly no exception to this. It might be nice idea to ask a family member or friend to be the barn dance caller but they will not have chance to enjoy it themselves because they will be too busy trying to make sure nothing goes wrong. Hire a good caller and they will be as discreet as possible but will also make sure the whole thing goes swimmingly well, with ample opportunity for you and your guests to have the time of your lives.
A dancing section can really make your wedding memorable for your guests as well as provide you with some very fun and special moments. It does not have to last the whole night, in fact, it is probably best if you do break it up and have something else in the mix as well. But a well-organised hour or two of dancing can give the whole event a sense of structure and direction - and it's a great way to make sure the dance floor is full already when the DJ or band strikes up.