Advice from the Wedding Experts: Tips to get your Guests Dancing
One of the worst things you can see at a wedding is an empty dancefloor. Music and dancing is such a big part of the reception, so if you can’t get your guests dancing on the dancefloor, your marriage is obviously doomed and you just get divorced immediately.
We kid… *cough*
Seriously, though, you could have the best wedding celebrations ever, but if the band or DJ fails to get your guests dancing, that’s what most people will remember. We talked to popular Irish wedding band, The Trips, to get the inside scoop on ensuring your guests have the best time ever and won’t be able to resist breaking out their best (or worst) moves.
Advice from The Trips: Tips to get your Guests Dancing
What is the No. 1 piece of advice you’d give to a bride and groom who want their guests dancing?
Once you’re happy you’ve picked the right band for your wedding, let them pick the music. Most good wedding bands do over 100 weddings per year, so they know their own style best and also understand how to get the crowd up! Trust they know what they’re doing and don’t try to take over the set list.
If the crowd is lacklustre, what will a good wedding band do to get feet on the dancefloor?
Interacting with your audience is a great way to get them involved and make them feel like they’re a part of the experience. Also, the bride and groom should get on the floor themselves and have fun with their guests. People won’t be able to resist joining the happy couple for a couple of songs.
In your experience, which songs are guaranteed to get everyone milling to the dancefloor?
The cheesy ones always get the crowd up. Even when a bride and groom request no cheesy tunes, and even though most people groan at the thought of hearing them, after a few drinks and with the right timing, everyone loves those crowd pleasers! They just work because people know them and they usually span generations, so your granny and your younger cousin will know how they go.
With the exception of the first dance, of course, how do bands REALLY feel about song requests from the bride and groom?
We would always offer to learn 2 or 3 songs. After all, it’s their day, so you cater to your customers’ requests.
After that though, we suggest letting the band do what they do best.
What’s the most unusual song request you’ve had from a couple for their first dance?
Once we were asked to do a mash up of Amarillo by Tony Christie and Pour Some Sugar on Me by Def Leppard. That was pretty interesting!!!
Everyone has their own personal music taste – do you think a couple should cater for themselves or put the focus on the crowd?
In most cases we’d say focus on your crowd, but in the end, it’s your wedding day. Your friends and family should already know and love your musical tastes.
Do you think it’s important for the band to be familiar with the venue before the wedding?
No, not particularly, but we almost always call ahead to chat to the venue management.
What’s the one song you guys are sick of playing?
Stuck on a Feeling by Blue Swede. We only played it once for one couple, but it was once too many times in our book. Awful!
What’s your favourite song to perform at a wedding?
Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen.
Have you ever had a bride or groom surprise their other half by joining you on stage for a song? How do wedding bands usually feel about working with a client in a case like this?
We have and it’s always fun! Even when it goes wrong, it’s right. Interaction is key.
The Trips, Ireland’s most exciting and slightly left of centre Wedding Band, consistently deliver the moments that only a great live performance can give you. They offer a rare breed of Wedding entertainment, playing everything from The Beatles to The Killers and more. It’s like the original artists are actually playing for you!! It’s fun & interactive. It’s real music, real good! Their energy and professionalism is enough to get everyone on the floor right from the start and will have your guests talking about your Wedding Party for years to come.