Your wedding deserves the reception of your dreams. All of your friends and family having the time of their lives celebrating YOU TWO. And that means having the best wedding dance floor ideas to guarantee dancing!
With that said, one of our biggest fears from our couples is not having their guests come out to the dance floor! Their main question is:
How do you make a dance floor fun for a wedding?
Similarly, we’ve been asked for the best decor to use, music to play, games, vendors, and more. So buckle in. We have a jam packed post for you that’ll give you all the ideas you need to guarantee the best wedding dance floor memories.
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My name’s Alesia and I’m a wedding videographer based in Portland, OR.
After filming dozens of weddings for over 4 years, I can safely say from experience that these were the most epic wedding dance floor ideas I’ve seen.
These weddings were a blast to film and make a highlight video of, if you’re interested in inquiring with me for your big wedding celebration, reach out to me here!
How to make your dance floor more fun for your wedding!
Depending on how party-like you want your celebration to be, pick and choose from what these past couples did! Their wedding dance floor ideas will never be forgotten by their guests. That’s for sure!
When picking your DJ, some include party lights and some don’t. As a wedding videographer capturing your dance floor memories, we encourage the party lights!! The array of colors bouncing off the walls makes for really pretty footage. It’ll make your dance floor that much more fun to dance on!
This may or may not go with your wedding aesthetic, but if it does… Disco Balls are super fun and have been making a huge comeback in the wedding industry. It’s not just seen in our old parent’s 70’s wood paneled basements anymore. See for yourself below from a wedding we did that used mini disco balls as decor! Because of this fun decor twist, this wedding was also featured in Rock N Roll Bride Magazine. How cool is that!
Just make sure you have a venue that will help make it spin and shine its brilliant sparkles all over your dance floor. It’ll make for great wedding dance floor footage too!
Yes. We said a smoke machine! We’ve seen smoke machines get used in 2 different ways:
The first way, our couple had the machine being pushed by their coordinator in a circle around them during their first dance. Since the sun was still high in the sky, and it was an outdoor wedding, the sun beams through the smoke was EPIC.
The second way, our couple’s DJ came with a smoke machine and he was consistently blowing smoke from it throughout the night during the first dances and open dance floor. Because his party lights were also on, the smoke mixed with the party lights created a suuuuper fun dance floor that had their wedding’s dance floor packed the whole night!
Here is a picture with how it looks both ways!
When you pass out glow sticks to your guests on the dance floor, they will typically get creative and wear them in all sorts of ways. They’re also fun to hold and wave around in the air as you dance. Your photographer and videographer will love capturing these “glowing” memories!
Buy your glow sticks here!
Since we’re on the topic of “glowing”… don’t forget to pair your glowsticks with these fun party glasses! Guests will love to wear them and it’ll create more bouncing light on your dance floor!
But your LED Glasses here!
Now, we’re not talking about little kid party cone hats… To clarify, please don’t pass those around. Instead, try out these western styled cowboy shape hats! They’re great for rural venues or any outdoor venue really. If you want a more classy look, try opting for the all white hats like Kayla & Frankie did!
We love these different hat options on Amazon!
If you want your dance floor to be truly memorable, get big blown up head cutouts of the bride and groom for your guests to dance with!
Buy your blown up cutouts here!
Kayla’s bridesmaids holding up Frankie’s cutout for their getting ready photos!
Spray the Champagne!
If your party is getting super rowdy, cool em off with a champagne pop! Your guests will never forget that, that’s’ for sure! Check out Kailey & Darren’s wedding video with how wild they got with their champagne on the dance floor.
Do these Dance Floor Games!
The Money Dance
How to play: Play a couple songs where only the bride and groom are on the dance floor, and if you want your moment to dance with them, you have to stuff cash into their outfit! This is a classic wedding tradition that involves a fun, interactive way for the couple to get some honeymoon fund money!
The Shoe Game
Place the bride and groom back to back on the dance floor for a classic game of trivia about their new spouse.
How to play: In this growing tradition, two chairs are placed back to back during the reception. The bride and groom sit facing away from one another and exchange one of their shoes to hold in each hand. As playful facts or questions about the relationship are read aloud on a microphone, the couple holds up the shoe for who matches the statement most truthfully. Hilarity ensues as differing opinions emerge.
The Wedding Anniversary Dance
How to play: The wedding anniversary song should include all married couples in the room; as the song goes by, you ask couples that have been married the longest to stay on the dance floor in increments of five years. As the amount of married couples on the dance floor decreases, you can then lower your increment to one year (or as long as it takes to figure out the couple that has been married the longest). The last couple standing is the winner. If you would like the Bride and Groom has the option to be exempt, leaving the longest married couple and Newlyweds left on the dance floor. This is a sweet moment in the wedding reception that honors the purpose and union of marriage.
Vendors to hire for your Wedding Reception
Choosing the right vendors can make or break your reception vibes. You want to carefully select who can give you the kind of celebration you’re wedding dance floor is going for! After that, you’ll be set for an amazing wedding night with your guests! Our list of vendors are great add-ons for your wedding dance floor ideas.
This one is kind of obvious!! They’ll be in control of setting the dance floor vibe for all of your guests. We recommend getting a DJ with good music taste, MC skills and those party lights.
Our favorite Oregon DJ is:
We love a good bar service that can pull up close to the wedding dance floor and keep your guests quenched! In other words, our favorite bar services in Oregon are:
What about an idea off of the wedding dance floor? This vendor will keep the party going when your guests need a break from dancing! Moreover, what better way to make memories than instant photos?!
Our favorite photo booth vendor in Oregon is: Smirk Photo Booth
If you want that upscale reception vibe, then cut out the DJ and opt for live music! Importantly, they can sing your favorite wedding covers and re-enact a concert type of feeling for your wedding! How memorable is that?!
Our favorite Oregon band is: The Blue Wave Band
Our favorite California Live Wedding Band is: Downbeat LA – Soultones
Videographer: Alesia Films
If you want a more peaceful, acoustic and angelic voice playing during your cocktail hour or intimate dinner, then we have to give a huge shout out to our friend Seicchi Music. Although based in Seattle, we’ve been encouraging all of our PNW intimate weddings and elopement couples to hire him as a way to end your night. Check out this video we made for Dan & Ish who hired him to sing the most beautiful covers! His voice can be heard at the very end of their highlight film below.
Or, stream his music here.
Videographer: Alesia Films
Warm up your dance floor with local entertainment for your wedding. We think this works best for destination weddings where you can incorporate the culture. For example, hiring a fire dancer and hula company for your destination wedding in Hawaii, is a great way to involve local culture to your wedding day!
Cool wedding dance floor idea right? This will definitely grab your guest’s attention!
The Best Music to Play for your Wedding Dance Floor!
Here is a quick list of our favorite songs! In our wedding videography experience, we’ve seen people RUSH to the dance floor to dance along to these songs, so don’t forget to play these hits!
Or, click this link to be taken to The 100 Best Songs for your Wedding Reception!
- I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas
- Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars
- Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake
- Cha Cha Slide by DJ Casper
- Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO
- Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5
- Marry You by Bruno Mars
- This is What you Came For by Calvin Harris
- 24k Magic by Bruno Mars
- O.M.G by Usher
- I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston
- I Want it That Way by Backstreet Boys
- Shout by Otis Day and the Knights
- YMCA by Village People
- Cupid Shuffle by Cupid
- Pour Some Sugar on Me by Def Leppard
- Don’t Stop Believin by Journey
- Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks
- All of Me by John Legend
- Con Calma by Daddy Yankee
Best Tips to Encourage Guests onto your Wedding Dance Floor
These are the last few tips we have! If you have any more epic wedding dance floor ideas, feel free to leave a comment below!
Offer your guests flip flops
Here’s our first wedding dance floor idea tip: For the ladies who can’t keep up with their heels, switching into flip flops will definitely guarantee dancing out of them! Keep a basket next to the dance floor with a nicer shoe shelf as well. Encourage your signage person to create a sign for this area too!
Buy some flip flops in bulk here!
Have proper lighting
Photo Credit: On the Times Photography
Your dance floor lighting is crucial. It sets the stage for how inviting the dance floor looks from afar. Your venue, DJ and Wedding Videographer must all work together to create the best inviting atmosphere for your dance floor. Make sure you have an idea of what this can entail when you book your venue. Or, if you’re diy-ing your dance floor, get some pretty edison bulb string lights to hang above your dance floor here! Furthermore, try to avoid the “fairy lights” on Amazon, these don’t give enough light in our opinion!
Here are 3 Portland, OR Wedding Venues that have great dance floor lighting!
The Griffin House
Venue: The Griffin House Wedding Venue
Venue: Coopers Hall
Decorate your wedding dance floor
Intertwined Events & Wildflower San Diego styled some florals between the live band’s stage and the dance floor. We think this added a romantic and aesthetic touch to Kayla & Frankie’s Wedding! In conclusion, your decorations don’t need to be a stressful part of planning your dance floor. Utilize the florist you already have and do this gorgeous idea!
Avoid a weekday wedding
It might save you money to host your wedding on a weekday, but most people have work the next day and will probably take off after their dinner.
Therefore, keep it on the weekend so everyone can enjoy themselves and stay up late with you. The only time this rule can be voided would be destination weddings or elopements!
Get out on the dance floor yourself!
You would think you’d dance at your own wedding but you would be SO SURPRISED how many of our couples get dragged off the floor to have conversations with family they haven’t seen in awhile. We love that you’re catching up! But try to encourage them to do all the catching up after you come back from the honeymoon, and bring them out to the dance floor to dance with you instead! A lot of our couples say that your wedding day will flash before your eyes and it’ll end sooner than you know it! So take every moment in and get on that dance floor you worked so hard for! Plus, you’re the most known person at the wedding, people want to dance with the bride and groom!!
Finally, that is all we have for you friends! I hope this finds you well and you have an AMAZING reception following your beautiful ceremony. If you’re still on the hunt for a wedding videographer, don’t hesitate to reach out!
Bride and Groom being lifted up by their friends!
We hope you have the best wedding day ever!
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