Hampshire & Dorset Wedding Magazine – Ask the Expert

Posted on May 26, 2011

The May/June issue of Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding magazine has landed on my doorstep and, as always, is packed with great features on local wedding venues (including The Mill at Gordleton where one of my 2012 couples are holding their wedding reception) real weddings, honeymoon destinations, bridal fashion as well as local news, hints and tips.  Once again, I was asked to join their panel of experts in answering readers’ questions.  This month’s hot topic is on ‘keeping guests happy’…

Hampshire and Dorset Wedding Magazine

We’d very much like to theme our wedding around dance, so I’m thinking of hiring a band that can play salsa and latin-based music. However, we’re aware that this is not everyone’s cup of tea, and although we can’t please everyone, we want them to enjoy the evening and get involved. Do you have any suggestions or ideas?

Salsa and latin dancing are extremely popular at the moment so you may be surprised at how well your idea is received.  You may want to think about sending out Latin themed invitations to let your guests know what you have planned (and so that they can come prepared!).  Set the tone for your party with flora and bright tropical colors such as reds, oranges and yellows but don’t forget to turn the lights down for the dancing.  Consider hiring a dance teacher so that your guests can learn some basic moves before the music sets start.  This in itself can be a lot of fun and is a good icebreaker.  In terms of catering, choose easy-to-eat finger foods and tapas so your guests don’t have to leave the dance floor for long.  Have a bar area well stocked with tequila, sangria and frozen margaritas.

If you don’t want to go all out with the theming, you may want to mix the evening up a little and have a DJ playing more mainstream music between sets.  You could provide request cards for your guests so that all music tastes are catered for.


You can read this and other questions on page 60 in the May/June issue (out now). If there is anything you would like to ask me, email it to suzanne@rsvpwedding.co.uk and I will post your questions with answers here on our blog.

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