07May Dance Floor Placement & Entertainment Placement
Entertainment which includes dancing is a big part of your celebration. You might not think this is too important, but the key to a successful dance party which includes a wedding reception is where you put the dance floor. You need to work with your facility to make sure that your dance floor is placed in the center of your ballroom. By placing the dance floor in the center of the room, you are clearly enticing your guests to dance and feel connected to the party. It’s easy access for guests to stand up and participate. It’s also accessible for guests who want to watch the traditional wedding events.
However, there are many venues that place the DJ in a far corner from that center dance floor placement. It is not the best place for the DJ/MC to be sent to the corner. It makes it EXTREMELY difficult when you are solo DJ/MC to direct the flow of the party from the corner of the room. The DJ/MC needs to be front and center so that your guests see that ‘perfect host’.
Another reason why it is a bad idea to put the DJ in the corner is because there is always that one table (usually the senior citizens) whose table just happens to be in the corner of the room and now they are placed in front of the DJ’s speakers. Those guests will suffer the consequences of the high volume of music because we have to throw sound across the room.
Another consideration is that now a days, the DJ set up has become more VISUAL due the light up facades and up lights and if you don’t place that element in center of the room you are losing your wow (decor) factor. Look at this set up from Jason Jani’s SCE Event Group. You would NEVER put this in a corner!
DJ set ups like this one from SCE Event Group in New Jersey is part of the decor.
I found the perfect tool to assist you with room layout called: ‘Wedding Reception Layout Tool‘. The Wedding Reception Room Layout Tool is an easy to use Word Document to set up your Wedding Reception Tables, Head Table, Bar and more…
Having a good idea of how your room is laid out will prevent any last minute changes and works as a great communication tool if you have a hired a Wedding Planning or Wedding Designer and you have a specific vision in mind.
If you have explored all options, and have no choice but to set the DJ up in a corner with tables between the speakers and the dance floor, be sure not to seat older guests (parents age and above) at those tables. I always recommend seating the younger guests you know will be up and dancing or mingling all night. A considerable amount of volume is needed for dancing, and if someone is sitting right in front of the speakers all night, they will not be happy. And you want everyone to be happy at your wedding or party, right?