Let's get this out of the way - any wedding band or dj that guarantees they can get all your guests on the dancefloor all night is full of crap. #sorrynotsorry
That's just not how weddings work. Of course some bands are better at it. But to promise all guests will enthusiastically take to the floor? Even grandma after her knee reconstruction? And your too-cool-for-school nephew?
Computer says no.
Truth is, you can’t make everyone dance.
But here’s the thing, you don’t want to.
We tend to assume FULL DANCEFLOOR = HAPPY GUESTS. And that’s what you really want - happy guests.
You want your friends and family excited, full of pep and joyful memory. You want them to go home thinking “that was the most kickass wedding I’ve ever been to!”
But is a full dancefloor the ‘happy’ rule of thumb? Nope.
Not everybody expresses joy through their feet.
Know what’s worse than a half-full dancefloor? A bunch of people begrudgingly dancing because the dj forced them to. You can bet that won’t send them home with good memories.
What great entertainers have in common is that they provide the best possible atmosphere to encourage your crowd to get jiggy with it. Mixed styles. Quality songs. Stomping, singing, hollering, crooning, romancing. Songs for mum 'n dad and songs for your mates. Building the energy up, pulling back.
It’s the art of tension, excitement, rest and repeat.
Great entertainers know how to read your crowd and get the best out of them.
To do that, they make song choices based on what we call dancefloor psychology.
You can do it too, by understanding the three types of guests you'll have at your wedding:
We're Fidel & Sarah
A Melbourne folk band with wedding sensibilities and punk rock spirit. Most days you'll find us off-grid in the country playing banjo tunes to the kangaroos, or travelling around Australia in our vintage caravan Myrtle. We love 99% dark chocolate, living every day like a holiday, and brides & grooms who aren't afraid to do whatever the hell they want for their special day.
* unless that original band is unknown. In which case, their motive for playing your wedding is exposure for their homemade songs. They don't understand what's needed for a processional, recessional, first dance, how to entertain your guests properly or that it's not ok to spruik their cds & band merch at your wedding. But they charge next to nothing, so if that's your thing, eh...
* Want to know how to spot a franchise band? Look for impersonal, shiny group photos and studio style video recordings with changing members. These bands won't place much emphasis on the individuals in the band (you know, their names, music taste, and other stuff). And they'll magically be able to offer showcases in different states on the same night.