We are so lucky to play in some of Dorset’s most amazing wedding venues and it got us thinking…
What is the perfect wedding venue? We don’t mean a beautiful view, or the flawless ceremony but the perfect venue for the perfect evening reception. We obviously have our DJ hats on here!
Now recently we have been lucky enough to play at some fantastic venues in 2016 but they are all different and it does affect the general atmosphere of the evening reception. Clearly we know that the guest-list, the weather and the food provided also make a difference (let’s not forget alcohol consumption either!) but if all these were the same what would we look for?
1.Dancefloor – The perfect dancefloor is big enough to house your guests on comfortably but small enough that they don’t have too much room to bust those moves! Small dancefloors discourage people from dancing and can lead to frustration when ‘THAT’ dancer (you know the one) bashes into you whilst they are showing their friends their latest move! Large dancefloors on the other hand can have the same effect; some dancers want to ‘blend in’ making sure they aren’t being watched by people sitting down. A large dancefloor means everyone is in space and can be seen (it also means people can dance as far away from the DJ as possible!)
2.Space for the DJ/Entertainment – The ideal venue has a space to the side of the dancefloor for the DJ, somewhere they can position themselves so they can interact with the crowd whilst not being in danger of getting covered in champagne. A stage is good, however, if too big it can make your DJ look a little inadequate! Recently, we played on a mezzanine area and although we were a little concerned about being ‘out of’ the reception it turned out to be a fantastic gig and a super viewpoint for photos too!
3. The Bar – In or out? – Having a bar in the same room as your reception means that people are not encouraged to leave the room at all. They cannot shy away from the dancefloor as much and tend to dance to more of the music because of this. A bar outside of the room means that people can sometimes deliberately spend their evening outside of the room so they can ‘chat’ – The flip side of this is that, with the bar outside, you end up with a group of people dancing who REALLY WANT to dance in the room and so the atmosphere can be fantastic!
4. The buffet – Simple really, Cutlery means sitting down. With a fork buffet, many of your guests will spend 45 minutes eating and then enjoy their chair so much that they struggle to get up – even to their favourite song! Finger buffets are perfect as people eat them quicker and then get back on the dancefloor (often dancing and eating at the same time!)
5.Outdoor Space – Sunshine is a killer for a DJ! If the weather is good outside then clearly, your guests will enjoy the early evening sunshine rather than being inside (as we would do!) This means that your DJ will endeavour to play ‘background music’ to a near empty room until the sun goes in and people get a little chilly. From a DJ perspective, a little outdoor space is good but can mean that your party does take a lot longer to get started (sometimes as late as 10pm!)
So, what have we come up with?
Well, after writing this, we aren’t really sure!
Consider all these options when you look at your evening venue. Do your guests like to dance? If they do then you will find they might dance anywhere. If they need a little bit of encouragement then maybe this list will help you.
We love our business because every event we play at is different. It means we are never sure what night we are going to end up with and that makes life more interesting! Chose the venue that feels right. The venue that makes you take a deep breath when you walk in. Your DJ will work their magic and everything else will just fit into place!