Tips to enhance your event’s atmosphere

Tips to enhance your event’s atmosphere

DJ Placement: Placing the DJ’s table next to the dance floor maximizes his/her ability to control the sound and interact with your guests. It is not recommended to have the dance floor in an adjacent room from where your guests are seated. Also, be wary of facilities that require you to share a “common area” with other parties or guests. Such arrangements may promote uninvited guests to share in your celebration or impair the overall success due to volume limitations or other restrictions.

Music: Try and not select EVERY song your DJ will play. Our DJ’s are professional and are very familiar with blending music for the enjoyment of all guests. Although we encourage you and your guests to make requests, be careful not to focus on only one or two types/genres of music for your entire event. Remember, the events where everyone has an opportunity to enjoy at least a few songs are the most successful. This is even more important at wedding receptions where there are a lot of varied ages. Requests for the more “intense” selections should usually be held until a little later in the event. Do you really want to chase some of your guests away before the important formalities are finished?

Lighting: Be sure the lights are dimmed when it’s time to start dancing. Soft lighting during dinner creates a more comfortable atmosphere. Dimming them after dinner will help facilitate an environment for dancing. Most people are reluctant to dance if the room lighting is too bright. Determine the desired lighting levels for dinner and dancing when you meet with the facility’s event coordinator.

Photographers: Select a photographer who has the skills to capture your special moments efficiently and unobtrusively without impeding the flow of your event. A good photographer will want to get you back to your guests as soon as possible before they become restless. Also, choose a videographer who uses equipment that does not require full lighting which may distract from the overall atmosphere.

First Dance: Our recommendation is to do it as early as possible . One of the most important highlights of any wedding reception is the bride and groom’s first dance. Having your first dance after the grand entrance or right after dinner helps to ensure all of your guests share in your special moment. Don’t delay this or your other formal dances too long. Doing so will quickly deflate the energy of your reception and some of your guests may leave.

Group Activities: Quirky and weird maybe, but from experience we would recommend thinking twice before you reject those so-called “cheesy” group dances like the Macarena, Chicken Dance and YMCA. These dances tend to be great “ice-breakers” if your group is a little sluggish to bust a move. It may also be the only opportunity some of the non-dancers have to participate in your special day. Although it’s not necessary to kick off your event with any of these activities, allow your DJ to keep all options open. Many of these group dances are often requested by your guests and can provide a little humor in some of your photos.

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