It is not easy to be a wedding DJ when you’re having about 50 to 150 people at different ages ranging in from 12 to 90 and apparently with obviously different tastes in music. How are you going to do your job: entertaining these people? It is to entertain that you should focus, not just keeping everyone on the dance floor.


At almost all weddings you will have 50% smokers(who will be outside for half the night – we have our country’s strict smoking laws to thank for that) 15% of the guests will hang out the bar, and that leaves the DJ about 35% of the guests. Of the remaining 35% of people 10% of them will just want to chat (they’re either too old, or haven’t seen each other in ages and just want to chill). So the DJ is left with about 25% of guests who will want to spend the evening on the dance floor, 10% of them will dance to just bout anything the DJ plays (which makes it easy, right?) WRONG! The art lies in entertaining 100% of the crowd


So I started analysing all the factors that will influence people not to dance at your wedding and here’s what I found…


1. The tough South African Smoking laws half the crowd mingles outside while smoking.


2. The Bar is outside the function hall and the people hanging out at the bar cannot see the dance floor and couldn’t care less.


3. If there was a recent death or traumatic event in the family people tend to be more conservative and out of respect thinks they should not have good time.


4. The condition of the dance floor, if it’s a rough surface or brick paving people tend to dance less to avoid injury or discomfort.


5. The DJ has NO light show, this is a very important factor, dance lighting sets the scene and gets everybody in a dance and party mood. Couples that I consult with before weddings, tells me of bad experiences they had at other weddings and the first question I ask is, “did the DJ have lighting?” And 90% of the time they reply with a NO. The other 10% is just bad DJ’ing or wrong song choices.


6. Weather can play a big part in the success of your wedding party. When it is extremely cold or your dancefloor is outdoors people will be reluctant to dance. The same goes for extremely hot days people don’t want sweat in their finest clothes


7. Stage Fright – some couples do not want to dance alone, because at weddings everybody stares at the dance floor for entertainment, you’ll notice that as soon as theres is a couple on the dance floor soon others will follow.


8. Alcohol prices – If the booze is cheap the “social lubricant” flows and you have more “loose” and lively people. (well not always there’s nothing wrong with a sober party)


9. Table placement – If you place your DJ near the guests or far away from the dance floor some of your guests might not enjoy the party as much.


10. The people you invite – If you invite ALL your uncles and aunts an less of your friends you will have a dead party, but if you invite guests that you know will party the night away obvious ly your wedding party will better.


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