How To Get Your Guests To Dance At Your Wedding

If you are unsure if guests will dance at your wedding and want them to -- read this blog post!


I may just be a wedding photographer, but BOY OH BOY have I seen a lot of receptions. And, for some (not all) sometimes the guests don't dance :/ and if you are a bride or groom reading this planning your wedding and unsure if people will -- I'm here to tell you that it's all about the environment and how comfortable they are!


First things first, hire a DJ. Just do it. DJ's are a MUST to set up the perfect vibe for dancing. DJ's are literally trained professional fun people. They can get the party started. (Ask me about my DJ preferred list and I'll hook you up with some of the best). Do it, you won't regret it.


Secondly, no one is going to dance unless the couple starts first. (These are definitely unspoken rules) If y'all are dancing, people WILL join. Set the scene and let loose!!! Have fun, your wedding is a big party anyways -- you are there to have a good time!


Thirdly, know your guests. Obviously you know them or else they wouldn't be at your wedding. But I mean, know the vibe of songs they like. Are they more classic rock people, rap people, popular hits, club goers, etc. These are some things to think about when making your wedding reception playlist. Don't make it one singular genre. That isn't going to get people dancing if they don't like the music! Also, let guests request songs. If you want the people to dance, they will request things to get them to dance ;)




Over the years that I have been attending weddings, I have complied a playlist of songs titled "songs that get me hyped" that I play on my way to and from every wedding. These songs get the good vibes going and get my energy up! Let's deep dive into my playlist for what will make the PERFECT reception!


Now, here are some songs to get the party started -- here are songs that have dances that everyone knows:


  1. Cupid Shuffle by: Cupid

  2. Cha Cha Slide by: Casper & The Live Platinum Band

  3. Wobble by: V.I.C

  4. WOP by: J. Dash

  5. The Git Up by: Blanco Brown


Here are the songs that will even get grandma out on the dance floor:


  1. Hey Ya! by: Outkast

  2. Blurred Lines by: Robin Thicke

  3. Get Lucky by: Daft Punk (ft. Pharrell Williams)

  4. A Milli by: Lil Wayne

  5. Bottoms Up by: Trey Songz & Nicki Minaj

  6. Stir Fry by: Migos

  7. Work it by: Missy Elliot

  8. Let's Groove by: Earth, Wind, Fire

  9. Hollaback Girl by: Gwen Stefani

  10. Yeah! by: Usher (ft. Lil Jon & Ludachris)

  11. 24k Magic by: Bruno Mars

  12. Gasolina by: Daddy Yankee

  13. I Gotta Feeling by: Black Eyed Peas

  14. Man! I Feel Like A Woman! by: Shania Twain

  15. Footloose by: Kenny Loggins

  16. SexyBack by: Justin Timberlake

  17. Superbass by: Nicki Minaj

  18. Party Rock Anthem by: LMFAO

  19. Hot In Herre by: Nelly

  20. Jump Around by: House of Pain

  21. Fireball by: Pitbull (ft. John Ryan)

  22. Levitating by: Dua Lipa

  23. Chattahoochee by: Alan Jackson

  24. Bohemian Rhapsody by: Queen

  25. I'm A Believer by: Smash Mouth

  26. Sweet Caroline by: Neil Diamond

  27. Pour Some Sugar On Me by: Def Leppard

  28. Eye of the Tiger by: Survivor

  29. Play That Funky Music by: Wild Cherry

  30. Music For A Sushi Restaurant by: Harry Styles

  31. Imma Be by: Black Eyed Peas

  32. Dreams by: Fleetwood Mac

  33. It's Tricky by: Run-DMC

  34. I Wanna Dance With Somebody by: Whitney Houston

  35. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by: Cyndi Lauper

  36. Shut Up and Dance by: Walk The Moon

  37. Sexy and I Know It by: LMFAO

  38. Run the World (Girls) by: Beyonce

  39. Tonight Tonight by: Hot Chelle Rae

  40. Despacito by: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee

  41. She Looks So Perfect by: 5SOS

  42. Galmorous by: Fergie

  43. In da Club by: 50 cent

  44. Lip Gloss by: Lil Mama

  45. Get Busy by: Sean Paul

  46. Drop It Like It's Hot by: Snoop Dogg

  47. Get Low by: Lil Jon

  48. Hotel Room Service by: Pitbull

  49. Temperature by: Sean Paul

  50. Love on the Brain by: Rihanna