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the perfect reception Floorplan

Not only do you want everything to go smoothly on your wedding day, you also want great energy, happy guests, and a packed dance floor! Don’t underestimate the role your floor plan plays in creating the right setting for an amazing party.

 

1. Make the dance floor your center stage.

 

The bride (and groom) might be the center of attention, but the dance floor’s the center of the party. If you hide it around a corner, in a separate room, or at the very end of a long hall, it’s going to be difficult to pack it. Also, guests might miss or feel left out of traditions that usually happen on the dance floor, like the cake cutting and bouquet toss. Easy access to a central dance floor makes for a much more involved crowd.

 

2. Keep the dance floor small.

 

Consult dance floor sizing charts, and don’t let your venue convince you that bigger is better. Adjust size according to guest number. If the floor is too large for the party, it will look sparse no matter how many people are dancing, which discourages joiners and makes party pics look lame.

3. Place the DJ right by the dance floor.

 

This sounds obvious, but some people (or venues) try to put the DJ in a corner. Your DJ’s job isn’t just to play music—it’s to motivate your guests to get (and stay) on the dance floor. DJs need visibility to gauge the crowd, and they need to be able to interact with guests. You wouldn’t dream of putting the band in a corner!

 

4. Don’t position tables right by the speakers.

 

If your DJ’s in a corner, there’s usually a table (or more) between his speakers and the dance floor. So there are two options: either the music is way too loud for the guests seated at that table or way too soft for a happening party. The dance floor itself can act as an excellent buffer between seated guests (especially elderly ones) and the speakers.

5. Arrange tables thoughtfully.

 

Before you stress about who sits with whom, consider the arrangement of the tables themselves. Ideally none is too far away from center stage (aka the dance floor), as visibility and access are important. If you can, arrange tables in a “U” around the dance floor, with the head table opposite the dance floor from the DJ. And if you have space, a few cocktail tables by the bar will encourage guests to mingle.

6. Consider how people will move through the space.

 

Guests need to be able to move around comfortably if they’re expected to circulate and get up to dance. Don’t make them squeeze and pardon their way onto the dance floor! Do make a clear path directly from the entrance to the dance floor. Also think about the flow of foot traffic to the buffet, restrooms, and bar. If you put the bar right by the door, people will congregate at the entrance.

 

7. Cluster all the fun stuff.

 

You may be tempted to spread out the bar, the cake, the photo booth, the lounge area, and whatever other fun stuff you’ve planned for your guests. It might get guests to circulate, but you don’t really want them circulating too far away from the dance floor. The last thing you want is a packed floor to disperse to the other end of the room to watch you cut the cake! Plus, you want your guests to interact: the drinkers with the dancers with the photo geeks, so locate the “fun stuff” together.

The value of Experience

This past week, I had a real world situation occur that really drove home to me the true value of experience in a profession. I was heading to a Saturday performance when the “check engine” light came on in my van. fortunately, it was a local show, so I got my brother in law to take my van down to the local tire and service shop to have it checked out. I had used this shop for service and maintenance on
the past 3 vehicles I have owned.

The shop manager called me and said that I had multiple cylinder misfires, and that I should probably have the spark plugs replaced. The van had 73,000 mile on it and it was about time to have that done anyway. I agreed. Of course, my particular engine has to have the intake manifold taken off just to get to the spark plugs. So it is a $500.00 repair. But i had to get my van back into service so I had it done. And of course, it took special spark plugs that had to be gotten from the dealer. So, a couple of days later, I go in, pay for the repair, and go merrily on my way. About 30 minutes later, the “check engine” light comes back on. So I head back to the shop. The same issue is still coming up on their computer. they are not sure what is going on. they figure that there is carbon in the fuel system that could be fouling the injectors. So they recommend a fuel system cleaning.

Let me cut to the chase. After a week of trying different remedies, they still could not identify the cause. After a compression test, they said it looked like a head gasket needed to be replaced. this would cost around $2500.00. I thought it was time to get a second opinion. Obviously, this issue was beyond their experience level. So I went to the Dealer to have the problem diagnosed. I sat in the waiting room sweating bullets for 2 hours. The technician came in and told me that one of the heads on my engine would need to be replaced, but that I shouldn’t worry. It would be covered under the Manufacturers power train warranty. I almost fainted.

Moral of the story? The local shop tried. I can’t fault them for that. And they do a fine job with tires and basic maintenance. But even though they had the equipment to diagnose the problem, they did not have the experience to accurately solve the issue. And it cost me almost $600.00 to find that out.
There is definitely value in experience.

Talking out of my Hat!

My new Blog page!  Here I can put into words many of the ideas and opinions I have formed from 35+ years of performing as a Magician and DJ.  I will also occasionally provide links to posts and articles I come across that relate to the fields of Magical and DJ entertainment.

Let the adventure begin.