Happy New Year Lovely People!! How are you all? Did you have a good Christmas break? Are you ready to grab 2019 by the horns!?

I have to be honest and say that my head is still very much in 2018 and I am sitting here right now wondering where all the turkey and Christmas pudding went and why there are no presents left under the tree. Is it just me or did Christmas go ridiculously fast this year – like stupidly fast? I just can’t quite seem to get my head around the fact that it’s all over and we are now in 2019. Please tell me I am not the only one in denial and that at least one of you is feeling the same as me!

One thing I am sure of though, is that with every new year comes a fresh wave of readers, usually with something shiny and new on their left hands! If your partner got down on one knee over the festive season and you are reading Festival Brides for the first time then welcome to our festival pages and a massive congratulations to you! It is awesome to have you here and I hope you enjoy reading this blog as much as we all love writing it. As the name suggests, Festival Brides is all about festival style wedding inspiration with a big dose of bohemian vibes mixed in. If you are planning a wedding that fits within this genre then you are most definitely in the right place. Next week, we will be sharing an article all about Festival Brides, the team that’s behind it and how you can use the site to help you plan the most amazing wedding day so keep your eyes peeled. It will be a great insight into how valuable wedding blogs can be in helping you plan what will undoubtedly be the best day of your life!

Before that though, we have our first blog post of 2019 to share with you all, courtesy of one of our festival wedding directory members, Wedding Bands. They are sharing with us their 7 secrets on keeping your dance floor buzzing and these are tips you are most definitely going to want to note down! I couldn’t think of a better way to kick start Festival Brides for 2019 so without further ado, I will hand you over to the good people at Wedding Bands.

I’ll see you on the flip side…..

7 Secrets to a Successful Wedding Reception Dance Floor….

Being a celebration of life and love, you’re going to want your wedding guests to do just that: celebrate! And the greatest way to do this is without a doubt tearing up the dance floor to your all-time favourite songs. Here are a few secrets to make sure the dance floor at your wedding reception is an unqualified success:

This Must Be the Place...

Highlighting your dance floor with lights and sparkles will not only show your guests exactly where to go when they fancy a dance – it’ll also look extremely inviting to them once the music starts. You can hire nightclub-style dance floors to recreate the Billy Jean music video, or simply decorate the designated dance floor area of your wedding venue yourself with a few banners and mirror balls to cut costs. Go one step further and leave funky signposts here and there so there’ll be no mistaking precisely where the magic is going to happen – and you could add some fun motivational messages on them too to get your guests in the mood on their way over.

This Dance Off Is On...

What better way to change things up on the floor than a little friendly competition? Dance offs are a dance floor tradition, and can be as entertaining to watch as they are to participate in. However, it’s important to time these right – and that time usually falls later on in the evening, once the more casual dancers among your guests have had their moment in the spotlight. But when the clock strikes dance off, make sure everyone knows it – get your wedding band or DJ to announce it over the mic, and get your spectators to clap along as your dance off contestants enter the arena! Winner gets a glow stick.

Do You Take Requests?

This is probably the most frequently asked question that wedding bands and wedding DJs are faced with. The important thing to bear in mind is that while some do, some don’t. DJs are on the whole more likely to accept requests from your guests, although many professional wedding bands will too – just make sure you clear this with your entertainment before the event, because being approached by a drunken, sweaty guest whilst they’re concentrating on their performance is a pet hate among bands and DJs. To spare them this intrusion, have a clearly marked requests box to one side where guests can post their favourite songs – this way, your entertainers can look through them during the break without disrupting the flow of music.

Write a Must Playlist…

Get your guests to send you a few of their top picks in advance, and forward them to your wedding band or DJ. This way, they’ll at once be in a far better frame of mind to bust some moves and feel like they’ve contributed to the success of your evening! You can even ask your guests to RSVP to your wedding invitations with 2 or 3 of their best dance floor anthems, so you’ll have the making of your must playlist well ahead of schedule. This way, your wedding band or DJ will have plenty of time to get acquainted with it. Make sure you also include your first dance song, daddy-daughter song, cake cutting song and any other stand out moments on this list too!

Write a Must NOT Playlist…

Some songs are like marmite: Popeye’s spinach to some, Superman’s kryptonite to others. You’ll already know most of the culprits: the Macarena, the Cha-cha Slide, Agadoo – the cheese list goes on and on, and continues to be something of a grey area. Some of your guests would be up in a heartbeat when they hear ‘Gangnam Style’, whilst others would be up just as quick to escape out of earshot. Your playlist is for everyone, so you’re going to have to include some crowd-pleasers, but if any of your guests reply to your invitation with an emphatic ‘NO’ next to a usual suspect, then it’s worth warning you wedding DJ or band that the crowd will shrink significantly if so much one bar of it is played.

Show and Tell…

As well as signposting where and how to have fun on the dancefloor, you and a few select bridesmaids or other close friends and family members could be tasked with demonstrating exactly what sort of wedding reception this is going to be – by getting up there first! Blaze the trail and break the ice by being the first ones throwing shapes on the floor, and even your stiffest wedding guests will loosen up. If you go as far as to appoint a team of Official Party Starters, you can ask them to patrol the dance floor and leap into action as soon as they notice a lull.

I Think You May Neon To Something…

Relive your crazy raver days and set up a neon face paint station so you can see you guests glowing in the dark! Also, stockpile as many glow sticks as you can – kids will love them, and they’re a great way to give each casual wave of an arm that extra pizzazz. Just make sure nobody ruins their outfit with the day-glo paint – and don’t let anyone mistake their glow stick for a delicious luminous drink.

For more information on Wedding Bands and the music services they offer, please visit their website: https://www.wedding-bands.co.uk/



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