The Top 5 things a Wedding Band must do to fill up the Dance Floor

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Your guests are coming to your wedding to share in your magical experience as you get married and make a lifelong commitment to each other. You and your new hubby want that experience to last as long as possible and have your guests amazed, remembering your wedding day as the best they have ever been to. This all begins with making sure your dance floor is full for the entire night so hiring an exceptional wedding band for your big day is important. A wedding band can make or break your day so choose wisely. When your wedding is in full swing, you want to be rosy-cheeked and breathless from dancing the night away. Read on for the top 5 things a wedding band must do to keep the dance floor full for the entire night.

1. Have the Wow Factor 

The wedding band that you hire should be extremely passionate and have the wow factor. Not just when you see and hear them but they should have great personalities and know how to get an audience going, doing whatever is necessary to get the show rocking and every guest up and dancing the night away. A bands ability to interact with an audience in a friendly, personal, and in an enthusiastic way will make both the guests and the couples feel that it’s all about them and that’s how it should be. Experience counts for a lot!

2. Have simply the best equipment 

There is nothing worse than a professional wedding band having distorted speakers at a fabulous wedding venue. Poor quality equipment can push people away instead of actually drawing them to the dance floor. An experienced and professional wedding band will have invested hugely in the “best of the best” equipment including speakers and instruments, it really does make a huge difference when it comes to hiring the pros only.

3. Song choices

Wedding bands entertain wedding guests for a living so they should know exactly what songs to play to get the crowd going. You know your guests the best so you can offer some suggestions to the band for any particular songs you would like played. Variety is the spice of life when it comes to the wedding playlist. Variety creates the best atmosphere at a wedding because there will always be something for everyone’s different tastes. There is nothing wrong with hearing the lead singer sing a golden oldie followed by an 80’s classic. It’s what makes the mood vibrant, exciting, and most of all memorable.

4. They will be the best that they can be 

Exceptional singers and musicians will push themselves to sing and perform the best that they possibly can, however, they won’t go beyond what they are capable of doing either. They will perform the songs that will do them enough justice and this is what makes for a quality and excellent performance.

5. Timing 

Don’t put your band on too early, the later the band starts the better. Experienced and professional wedding bands will start at a later time as many guests are only after finishing their food and may not want to hit the dance floor straight away. It is important to work with your wedding band to discuss times if you would prefer them to start a bit earlier than later.

Choosing a First Dance Song for your Wedding Day  

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So, the wedding plans are in motion, you have decided to get married and the big day is on the horizon, but you need to finalise the first dance song. “The dreaded first dance song” some couples might already have one in mind IE: You both met when a particular song was playing in the background, good for you, however, you might be a couple who simply don’t have a song. The first dance for every bride and groom is an iconic moment. It is a very different experience for every couple to pick one, some may find it easier than others and hey presto you’re done! That is not the case for everyone. It isn’t the easiest of tasks to pick the perfect one that you both will love. There are so many different song choices out there and you want and need it to be right! Whether you choose something romantic, or you may go for a tune that you can actually dance to, choosing the right song really is essential. Fear not, it is all about both of you enjoying yourselves and having the time of your lives! After all, it is your wedding! Here are some helpful tips to help you choose your first dance song.

1.  Involve each other 

Choosing the first song should be chosen together. You both need to be happy with it and need to be able to dance to it also. Take some time to listen to some of your favourite tracks and choose it that way. It would be great if you both had similar tastes in music as it would make picking the song so much easier.

2.  Ask your band or DJ for advice

Your Wedding band or DJ would be a great resource for first dance song suggestions as they more than likely have heard hundreds even thousands of songs. If you are finding it difficult to choose one, simply ask them for advice and they will undoubtedly be able to help you.

3.  The Hopeless Romantics 

The classic and timeless first dance song. The lyrics of a song are just as important as the melody and it should be romantic, poetic, and emotional. Popular song choices include “say you won’t let go” by James Arthur, “all of me” by John Legend, and you are so beautiful” by Joe Cocker and of course many choices from Ed Sheeran.

4.  Ensure the song isn’t too long 

It is an expected tradition at most weddings so the first dance song should be no more than 2/3 minutes long. It shouldn’t drag on and you should enjoy it while it lasts.

5.  It should be practical

Can your band sing the song that you have chosen? Although most wedding bands will learn your choice of first dance, it is also important to take into account that not all songs will suit the band to reproduce. For example, if you choose a song with a female singer and it has a big production, then a four piece male band might not be suitable to reproduce it.

Ask them can they learn the lyrics for you if this is your wish. If they can’t, then the band can always play the recorded original over their PA system. Don’t be disheartened, many musicians and singers would be honoured to sing your special song for you and this makes it even more personal for your wedding day.

6.  Can you dance to it?

You may be the type of couple who are full of confidence on the dancefloor and have a really good boogie, but not everyone is like that. You should plan a routine or even get some dance lessons if they are needed. The song should be a little bit upbeat something you can possibly move to and wow all your guests. If you choose a traditional slow song this is good too. Favourite selections could be “the time of my life” from dirty dancing, “truly madly deeply” by Savage Garden, “perfect” by Ed Sheeran, and “thinking out loud” by Ed Sheeran.

7.  The Smooth Operators 

You may be very affectionate people even in public and you are not afraid to strut your stuff. You enjoy having all eyes on you. You may want to choose a sexy song that you are able to move and groove to. Some songs include “she keeps me warm” by Mary Lambert, “a thousand years” by Christina Perri, and “at last” by Etta James.

Final thoughts on the first song 

You have walked down the aisle, said your vows “till death do us part” and you intend to enjoy your special day to the fullest. It is entirely OK to not be in love with the song, it doesn’t have to be the perfect one, once you are both happy that’s all the matters. It is your wedding day after all!