One of the common fears of the couples we speak to is ‘What if my guests won’t dance’?  

Everyone wants their guests to have a great party and get involved and dreads the though of a long night of tumble weed and stony faces. This is where hiring an experienced entertainer or host shows its real value.

After performing at hundreds of weddings over the years, we’ve accumulated lots of tips and tricks to get everyone involved and build a great party atmosphere.

There will always be a few who just don’t want to dance, and forcing them, isn’t going to make them have a good night, it really is best just to allow them to do their own thing. For everyone else, it’s often just building confidence and reading the mood of the crowd that will create the magic.



  1. Get involved! If the Bride and Groom dance, the guests are much more likely to follow suit.

  2. Have your Best Man and Bridesmaids primed to invite others onto the floor. A team approach works brilliantly.

  3. If possible, have your venue arranged so that the dance floor is in the middle of the seating area. Of course your guests will want to sit and chat some of the time as there will probably be people there they haven’t seen in a long time. This way, they can dance and chat easily.

  4. For a Ceilidh, start with really easy dances so that everyone can build their confidence and not be put off by anything over-complicated. We take care of this for you!

  5. Allow a culture of ‘getting it wrong is part of the fun’. Let your guests know that we practically encourage chaos as it’s these times you remember most and laugh about later.

  6. Plan in advance. Ask guests to bring shoes they’ll be comfortable to dance in, or you could provide a few sizes of cute pumps for the ladies in a basket by the dance floor.

  7. Keep the dancing in the same room as the bar. It goes without saying that once people get sat down comfortably in another room, it’s quite tricky to get them to leave their drinks and come back to dance.

  8. It can be hard for nervous dancers to venture onto the floor for the first time. By making the first Ceilidh dance compulsory, everyone’s in it together.

  9. Make sure it’s not too long a walk from the tables to the dance floor. No explanation required!

  10. Keep the lighting in the venue subtle. Nothing kills the atmosphere like bright strip lights. If the venue don’t have uplighters or mood lighting, it really is worth considering hiring it.