Our venue has three rooms and stated the main room where dinner will be is too small for dancing. They have a room they use as the main dance floor. To open dancing they suggest the cake cutting. I however don’t want to do this as part of my reception and am looking for ideas to get people up and on the floor.
If you have a dj or something, it could be a nice time to also just have them announce that the dancing room is open and that that's where the bride and groom will be. cause the bride and groom are the center of attention so when people see them, they'll gravitate to them
To kick off our reception we are doing the mother/son, father/daughter and first dance. Then toasts while dinner is served. I dance but my FH will certainly be as far from the floor as he can get. Which is why the rooms work for us and our older guests not having to be with the louder music from the dance room.
If you have a DJ he/she could make the announcement. If you have a bridal party, ask them to hype the crowd up by being the first ones to start dancing so other people feel encouraged to dance as well.
At one of my friend’s reception, the DJ asked everyone from the groom’s family (he has a huge family) to come to the dance floor for a photo. They used this as a way to immediately start the dance floor since people were already up there. Just make sure those initial songs are crowd favorites so the energy gets going immediately.
We did something kinda fun to help get people on the floor. I did my father/daughter dance a little after dinner. Then my husband followed with his mother/son dance to “What a Wonder World”. Then it transitioned to love shack, and he had his dad and sister join them on the floor, then our DJ announced my family to join in, them eventually the rest of the guests.