How big should a wedding dance floor be

How to Keep the Dance Floor Packed All Night Long

No one wants an empty dance floor at their reception. Here's how to start the party—and keep it going strong.

Pictures by Katie

Here's one wedding nightmare you might not think of until it's too late: an empty dance floor. You've booked the band or DJ, planned your playlist and specifically carved out time for dancing—so why isn't anybody on the dance floor? You don't want to force people to get out there, but, like, seriously, why isn't anybody dancing? Trust us, if you follow our advice, you won't have to deal with this wedding reception dilemma. Your guests will find their way to the dance floor naturally and willingly (and that's an understatement). Here are the 11 best ways to ensure a packed and lively dance floor the entire night. Let the party begin!

1. Set the Mood Early

Cocktail hour is a great time to get the party going. Consider hiring specialty performers. Entertainment like a mariachi band, jazz trio, bluegrass group or barbershop quartet will energize the crowd postceremony and get everyone in the mood to celebrate. Look to your love story when deciding on specialty music: Hire a brass quintet if you met in marching band, an accordion player if you took an unforgettable trip to Paris together, or get a steel drummer in honor of your upcoming Caribbean honeymoon. The main idea is to make sure your guests aren't noshing and drinking in silence.

2. Make Sure There's Enough Space

Small dance floors are too cramped and big ones make people too self-conscious. Here's a good rule of thumb: There should be at least three square feet of dance floor space for every two guests. So, if you have 150 guests, you would need a 15' x 15' dance floor; 200 guests would be about an 18' x 18' area; 400 guests calls for about 25' x 25' of space. Ask your reception site about adding on extra flooring if the standard seems too small. And one more thing—make your dance floor the focal point of the room, not tucked into a corner. By highlighting it, you send guests the message that dancing will be a big part of the evening.

3. Align Your Seating Chart

Seat friends and family who love to dance closest to the dance floor. They'll be more likely to get up and start moving early if they have easy access. And once they're out there, others will follow (some people just need a little encouragement). As for your more elderly guests, do them a favor and keep them away from the speakers. They'll appreciate it. Mind your decibel levels too. You want your friends and family out there dancing, but you also want your nondancing guests to be able to enjoy themselves without having to yell. Talk to your musicians about how they plan to handle volume and accoustics within your reception space.

4. Skip the iPod Idea

You may have the most genius playlist in mind, but there's a reason why DJs and bands are so common at weddings—they're pros at reading and interacting with the crowd, and adjusting to their mood throughout the evening. They're there to ensure everyone is dancing and having an amazing time (so you don't have to). Besides, do you really want a friend or family member getting up to grab the microphone all night to announce your cake cutting and bouquet toss? Didn't think so. If you do your homework, you'll find a band or DJ in your price range who fits your style. Trust us—it's worth the money knowing your guests will be entertained all evening.

5. Don't Limit the Genre

Even if you both truly love indie rock, there's a good percentage of your guests who probably haven't heard of Modest Mouse and won't appreciate it like you will. A playlist made up entirely of '80s dance music, rap or country is the same story. Don't get us wrong, including your favorite genre at your wedding is great, but it's important to include a little mix of everything—that way there's a little something for everyone. Your wedding is a celebration of your relationship—one that probably involves music—but it's also a time to share with your extended family. Keep them in mind when developing your playlist. Throw grandparents a nod with Frank Sinatra and give your aunts and uncles a chance to dance to a little "We Are Family"(unless you're truly averse). Seeing them enjoy the night will be well worth a few minutes of Sister Sledge.


6. Make Music Interactive

Let guests in on the fun by allowing them to request songs via the RSVP card. Or set up a poll on your wedding website and ask everyone to vote on your first dance song or the last song of the evening. You'll have everyone looking forward to the voters' choice song reveal.

7. Create a (Short) Do-Not-Play List

There's no bigger dance floor turnoff than hearing your least favorite song (ahem, "Chicken Dance"). Put together a short list of please-don't-play songs for your DJ or band to avoid. But at the same time, don't micromanage. While your music pro should know which genres you like and dislike, let them figure out the best way to mix the music.

8. Keep Your First Dance Brief

You may have fallen in love listening to "Free Bird," but imagine how long nine minutes and eight seconds will feel alone on the dance floor. (And if it's dragging for you, imagine how your guests will feel.) Pay careful attention to your favorite song's length before committing to it for your first dance. Time your song and practice dancing to it beforehand. Even four minutes can kill you if you're just rocking back and forth. If your heart is set on a certain (long) ballad, try to have it cut down to a reasonable length. Work with your DJ or band to come up with the perfect shortened version. Same goes for your parent dances too.

9. Keep Things Exciting

Surprise your guests with something unexpected, like introducing a never-seen-that-before act. Think live entertainers, like break dancers or flamenco dancers. Time it right so they make their entrance just as the toasts are wrapping up to get all your guests back up and moving on the dance floor and out of their food coma.

10. Serve Dessert (or Snacks) on the Dance Floor

Ready for this genius idea? Instead of breaking up the flow of your dance party, have your traditional cake-cutting moment earlier in the evening, say, right after toasts or your first dance, before the first course is served. That way, guests will already be seated and paying attention, while you'll still be in focused, newlywed mode (not trying to get low during "Shout"). Then, once the party gets going, have your caterer pass perfect bites of cake around the dance floor, instead of serving plated slices at people's seats or way in the back at a designated dessert table.

11. Dance!

Here's the simple truth: The most fun weddings are those at which the newlyweds are having an absolute blast. Set an example for everyone by getting your happy selves out there as soon as possible. Your guests will notice and be more likely to join you when they see how much fun you're having. And when in doubt, enlist your wedding party. Your reception will be a long, busy evening, so let your crew know beforehand how important it is to you that your guests dance, and ask them to lead the movement to the floor. That way, if you do get caught up talking to guests, they'll have your back.

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DANCE FLOOR for our wedding or corporate event- How big to go?

When planning a wedding reception, party, or corporate event and hiring a DJ, most clients have visions of a non-stop dance party.

Regardless of what else is on the agenda, the goal inevitably at some point (if not the main focal point) is to get as many guests on the dance floor as possible for as long as possible.

They imagine all they have to do is hire an amazing DJ, and their floor will magically be packed all night!

Yes, we believe it’s crucial to hire an experienced & talented DJ with great room awareness, but even the best DJ can only work so much magic if the logistics of the room are working directly against them.

A common oversight from clients when planning their wedding or corporate event is overestimating how big the dance floor needs to be in the room or event venue in relation to the number of guests.  Another mistake is not renting an actual square dance floor because they venue floor is already made of wood, concrete etc..

If room layout and dance floor size are planned incorrectly,  the dance party can sadly look like this:

At Hey Mister DJ, we specialize in keeping dance floors constantly packed in Los Angeles and the greater Southern California area. 
It’s our specialty, but there are many factors which will help or hinder the our ability to create and maintain dancing.

Room size, lighting levels, guest count, timeline floor, bar & photobooth placement etc.. which all play a crucial role in funneling guests where you want them moment by moment.

For today we are just talking specifically about dance floor SIZE and placement.

In a nutshell…the key points are these:

  • A small floor that is packed and hard to get onto always looks better than a giant floor you can’t quite fill.
  • A dance floor that is too far removed from the dinner area or logistically hard to get to may end up empty.
  • A room that has no dance floor and instead just an open wood/concrete floor is confusing to guests.

Clients always worry about if the floor will be big enough, but if you have guests dancing on the carpet that is a happy problem. In other words, the larger the dance floor the harder it is to keep it full and create the appearance of a rocking party.

Does this look inviting to you?

With these, there is no lighting on the actual floor itself and no perimeter to define where dancing begins or ends it still feels intimidating and uncomfortable to the eye.

Guests need the dance floor area to be clearly defined and separated from the rest of the room so they feel comfortable.  

With this next one, they did a great job lighting the perimeter of the room, but again, the dance floor has no defined beginning or end.  In this situation we’d use pattern & wash lighting to help create a perimeter in lieu of an actual dance floor boarder.

Lighting can help to offset this problem (See our BLOG) “Why dance floor lighting matters” but clearly defining the area you want guests to dance is always a plus and helps draw them in. Human nature dictates that people like clear direction and containment, it’s just how the brain works.
When you have 4 corners it’s easy for the brain to day “I should dance here” but when you have an open space it creates anxiety because the brain can’t map where the space begins or ends.

Now, let’s look at a room that has placed down a dance floor that is the appropriate size in relation to the room and lit it nicely to make it appealing and inviting.  They even used couches for framing and to fill in “dead” space in the room instead of adding more tiles to the floor. Your wedding planner or room designer will usually have ideas on how to utilize furniture, lighting, pipe & drape, and other elements to make a big room feel more cozy and inviting.

Keep in mind that you will maybe have about 40% of your guests dancing at any given time.
Others may be at the bar, conversing, bathroom, photo booth, updating their Instagram, eating dessert, etc.

Our Jewish wedding or Mitzvah clients are usually concerned with doing an amazing HORA (group) dance and want enough space for everyone.  But it’s a critical mistake to build a dance floor that accommodates the entire guest count for only those 10 minutes when we will be struggling the rest of the night to keep it filled.

If during the HORA some guests are on the carpet, it’s totally fine!

One of the most common situations that put clients in this challenging position is when they book a venue that is too large for their guest count.  Once the venue figures out how many tables they need and exact placement, they realize they have too much dead space, so start adding extra tiles to the dance floor to fill in space.  Now you have a HUGE floor that you’ll never be able to fill with enough guests, but the edges of the room don’t look as empty.

It’s ok to have some empty space on the perimeters of the room.  Here’s another great example of a room with a dance floor that is an appropriate size in relation to total room size:

Here is a handy chart to use as a reference based on guest count assuming that roughly 40% of your guests are dancing simultaneously:

#of guests      # of dancers      Size of dance floor

60                        14-20                 10 x 10

100                      32-40                 12 x12

150                     50-70                15 x 15

200                     78-90                18 x 18

The industry standard suggests that each wedding will need 9 sq ft per couple (that’s over 4.5 ft per person).   Example: Let’s assume a party has 200 guests. 40%, or 80 guests, will be dancing at any one time. This means that you would need approximately 360 square feet of dance floor for this party, or about a 16×20 dance floor.

If you figure 40 of 100 guests will dance, then you need about a 200 square foot dance floor. If you double that for 200 guests you would need a 400 square foot dance floor. With 300 guests you need a 600 foot dance floor.  You can see how easily that rule could get out of hand.
(When it comes to choosing your dance floor size, we have found that a 12’x12’ dance floor usually accommodates a small to medium size wedding or event. That’s 144 square feet)

However, you do have to consider other factors like the age of your guests, and how many people you really think will be dancing at one time.

Keep in mind that every event has 3 times of people:

  • Group #1: I will dance for sure no matter what! (The party starters- small in numbers but reliable)
  • Group #2: I most likely will NOT dance (Although with enough alcohol…)
  • Group #3: I am unsure/on the fence but might dance if the situation is ideal (usually the largest # of guests)

This last group is who we should always be thinking about when designing a room/event venue for a wedding, party or corporate event. Group #3 is saying “well, if I feel comfortable enough and the energy is good I will possibly jump on board” so the room must always be setup in a way that maximizes the potential for them to join.

So take this dance party for example:

If you count, there are about 45 people on the floor, and they are clearly having fun.

But because the entire room is a wood floor and there are no corners telling guests where the dance floor ends, they all spread out, and consequently it looks like it’s not a packed floor and thus not as much energy in the room as possible.

Now compare that to this dance party:

Notice that there are only about 20 people on this floor.  Almost HALF less than the previous photo but it appears to have more energy because everyone is grouped together tight because they are on a rental dance floor that has defined edges.

There is also much better lighting in this room which helps add additional energy visually.

To Recap: Hey Mister DJ always recommends having some type of dance floor for every event…even when the venue has a natural concrete or wood floor.   Again, the reason is that the perimeter creates what we call “defined space” that draws people in and helps ensure more dancing. An open area is “undefined space” and often guests feel uncomfortable dancing in such an area.

Here’s a few venues in Los Angeles area we play often that always get the dance floor size right:  

It’s counter-intuitive but when you have a SMALLER dance floor, you are likely to get MORE people dancing.   Now go out and have the best dance party ever!

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How to calculate the size of a wedding venue: a few simple rules

Are you starting to look for a wedding venue? Then you have probably already faced the main problem - how to determine the size of the hall or space.
We will talk about a few simple rules that will allow you to calculate the area you need.

1. Decide on the number of guests. This is the first thing to do in order to understand the size of the pad you need. It would be wrong to take a smaller room in the hope that one of the guests will not come anyway - if all of a sudden all the invitees can be present, you will feel cramped and uncomfortable. It is better to count the number of guests on the list to the maximum, taking into account all the "+1" that you indicated in the invitations. nine0005

2. Decide what format the gala dinner will be. At a buffet table, it is permissible to limit the area to 1 m 2 per guest, in the case of a banquet seating, you will need 1.8 m 2 per guest, and if there is also a dance floor, 2 m 2 per person. That is, if you have, for example, 100 guests, you will need a hall with an area of ​​50-100 m 2 for a buffet table, and 180-200 m 2 for a banquet.

3. Calculate the area for the ceremony. If the ceremony will take place in the same place as the banquet, you will need additional space or a separate room. For seating guests at the altar or arch, 0.5 m 2 is required for each guest plus a minimum of 3-5 m 2 for the design of the area where you will exchange vows. The more guests there are at the ceremony, the larger the arch or podium for the ceremony should be, so that everyone can clearly see what is happening. nine0005

4. If you plan to sit at a separate table , you need to allocate at least 3-5 more square meters for a beautifully decorated presidium 2 .

5. The stage must be at least 12 m2 2 to accommodate musicians with instruments and equipment. If your program will include dance or acrobatic numbers, you need to find out from the artists what size space they need and add it to the hall area. In some cases, artists are ready to perform on the dance floor, so a separate area is not needed. And the stage, by the way, can be used for the ceremony. nine0005

6. Do not forget about the ceiling height is another important parameter. For a family dinner, a room with ceilings of at least 2.7-3 meters high is suitable. The larger the room, the higher the ceilings should be. Also, ask artists and musicians in advance what their ceiling height requirements are.

7. The last thing to consider when choosing a site is additional space. This is a wardrobe (in the cold season), dressing rooms for artists, a cigar room, a lounge area, a room for storing equipment and inventory that will be needed during the evening, and so on. The number and area of ​​latrines should also correspond to the scale of the event. nine0005

Photo: Kristina Ageeva Decor & Flowers, Anastasia Dubrovina.

Greenery style wedding - Ksyusha Domnina's diary

Ksyusha from Novosibirsk talks about her Greenery wedding and how she plans to do all the decoration herself. Our experts give advice on how to simplify the decoration process, calculate the right portions of the banquet menu, what make-up and hairstyle to choose for Xenia, and what is most important when choosing a wedding photographer. nine0072

About our wedding

We chose a Greenery style wedding. There must be delicious food, live music, incendiary dances and tears of happiness at the holiday! We dream of holding a ceremony to the sounds of a harp and violin, singing declarations of love to each other and blowing up the dance floor with an incendiary cover band! We would also like to surprise the guests with cute gifts, give some special gifts to our parents, share the sweetness of our love with the guests through the exquisite desserts of the candy bar. nine0005

We are categorically against:

  • dirty jokes and contests
  • stories about how at the age of 3 I went to the potty)))
  • overwhelmed guests: after all, a wedding is a celebration of love, and not a reason to get drunk to unconsciousness.

All our relatives live in other regions, we would like to see them nearby on this significant day, but we cannot yet say with certainty exactly how many guests will come to our holiday, we plan from 45 to 60 people. nine0005

Of course, I would like the wedding day to be calm, measured and filled with happy moments, but it seems to me that we need to prepare ourselves for the fact that everything will not go according to plan) and the point is not that we are poorly prepared, but in that many things on this day do not depend on the newlyweds)

Wedding decor in the style of Greenery

We decided to do all the decoration ourselves. This is due to the desire to save money, since decor is one of the largest items of expenditure. In addition, I really like to create beautiful things with my own hands. There is still a lot of time before the wedding and I hope that we will have time for everything. nine0005

I always imagined my wedding in a classic style, but when I received a marriage proposal, I suddenly realized that I wanted something complex and simple at the same time. Something bright and fresh, reflecting the harmony of our relationship. Looking through the wedding trends, I noted several directions for myself. This is the Greenery style, complex geometry in the decor and golden elements. The theme “Succulent garden” was chosen as the basis for the concept of the wedding.

We plan to arrange several zones: the presidium of the newlyweds, the arch for exit registration (we plan to bring it to the table of the newlyweds after the ceremony and photo session with the guests), the welcome zone (light snacks and wine at the chairs on the site in front of the tent), the photo zone inside tent, guest tables, seating and candy bar. It would be great to be able to build a hanging chandelier! nine0005

  • Expert comment

Svetlana Malakhova, Love Letter

Xenia, hello! Self-decoration of a wedding is a very bold project, and you and Alexander are great for not being afraid of difficulties! Indeed, you can make or buy many decor elements yourself.

There are a few details that I would advise you to pay attention to:

  1. Direct work on the design on the eve of the wedding. nine0072 Do you plan to decorate everything yourself with the groom or to attract assistants? In order to get everything done before the wedding, you will have to start on the previous day, otherwise there is a risk of spending a sleepless night on the site, since the scope of the plan is large. Even if you do everything yourself the day before, then what about floristry - after all, decorating an arch and collecting compositions requires certain skills, plus the compositions must be fresh? I understand that difficulties do not scare you at all, and this is commendable! But these points need to be carefully considered. I would advise you to consider this option - hire people / ask friends to arrange the decor you have prepared according to your plan (on the night or on the day of the celebration), and expand the powers of the florist: in addition to the bouquet, also entrust him with the design of the arch (made by you). This option will not hit the budget much, will allow you to do a lot yourself, but will save you from the hard work before the wedding, which can simply leave you exhausted. nine0084
  2. Try to keep professional floristry to a minimum to avoid these costs (except for the arch that we talked about - it still needs to be done professionally, otherwise it may turn out to be far from ideal). The Greenery style you have chosen is very successful, as it involves some casualness, and for example flowers for guest arrangements and succulents you can buy and arrange in vases and pots. Photozone can be made with a background structure without flowers - plank or stone-like, with an inscription that is meaningful to you, with initials, or just with lights. And on the sides you can arrange lanterns and cylinders with greenery and candles. nine0071 Newlyweds' table In order not to make professional arrangements, you can arrange florariums of different sizes with flowers, succulents in pots and beautiful candlesticks. Chandelier - if you do not have assistants, I would still advise you to refuse it, since fasteners require technical knowledge and a tour design - nevertheless, it is difficult to implement it yourself. And also think about whether candy bar is really necessary - after all, sweets will need to be laid out immediately before the arrival of guests, someone should do this. Perhaps it’s better to decorate the buffet table with interesting decor elements and, upon arrival at the site, add some sweets you love in a small amount in beautiful dishes? Moreover, the Greenery style suggests naturalness, and cheeses, canapes, homemade cookies and pies can coexist on your table. It will only be necessary to take care of a beautiful wooden table or suitable textiles for the restaurant table. nine0084

Venue for the celebration

Registration will be offsite, at the banquet site. We decided to choose this option for a number of reasons:

  1. We still live in a fairly large city and, despite the fact that the wedding will be on Saturday, we don't want to waste time traveling anywhere.
  2. We arrange our wedding on our own and will spend the night at the banquet area in order to have everything on time.
  3. We focus on the comfort of guests, since most of them are visitors, it will be difficult for them to figure out how to get to the registry office, where to park. We decided that we would independently organize the transfer of guests to the place of celebration and delivery to their homes after the holiday. So no one will get lost, will not be late, will not choose between "drink or drive home." nine0084

We plan to gather guests in the welcome area at 15:30, start on-site registration at 16:00.

The ceremony will take place on the site in front of the tent against the backdrop of the Gulf of Ob. We plan to make the arch for the ceremony ourselves, like the rest of the decor of the holiday. We want to make a round arch with lots of greenery that reflects the Greenery style we chose for the wedding (the photo was taken in autumn, not so pretty anymore).

  • Expert comment

Zhanna Ledovskaya, 7NEBO

Dear Xenia, you want to take on a VERY large amount of work. I recommend you consider an assistant florist. You will buy flowers yourself, bring vases yourself, and the florist will be your hands on the site, so that you can calmly go to rest the day before and you do not need to get up at three in the morning.

Arch - your idea is great, but there is a nuance to fixing . On the shore, near the water, there is always a strong wind. You need to think in advance how you will attach the arch to the asphalt (judging by the photo of the site, the arch will stand on concrete). I recommend that you consider an alternative to a round arch, which is really difficult to mount on concrete by placing 2 symmetrical or 4 multi-level columns, and flowerpots on them, you can also casually throw fabric (synthetic silk) on the columns. Columns can be made by yourself or rented. And such columns can be very quickly and simply transferred to the presidium later. nine0005

The chandelier is also a technically complex element , it is important not only to assemble it in a timely manner, but also to calculate the maximum load on the ceiling so that the chandelier does not fall on the guests. As an alternative to a chandelier, we recommend considering the decor of the ceiling with retro garlands; to give freshness to the wire of the garland, you can weave a garland of greenery.

Hiring a florist who will not invent, but will only be a performer is very profitable. You will also be able to meet with the florist on the site in advance and consult what flowers are combined with what, which flowers stand for a long time, this is very important, since you will do part of the work in the evening. You also need to clarify how to store already collected flowers. Where to put them on the night before the wedding. If they are left in the heat, they will wither. nine0005

And if you play compositions yourself, what will happen to your hands and manicure?;) Xenia, it is very important that you get enough sleep and be calm. Everything depends on the mood of the bride;))

Banquet and calculation of the amount of food per person

We are not yet familiar with the menu of our restaurant, since the menu has not yet been updated for the summer season. In May we will go for a tasting, after which we will decide on treats. But, judging by the reviews, the food in the restaurant is very tasty) As such, we do not consider a buffet table, we plan to serve light snacks and mini desserts in the welcome zone before the start of the celebration. I think that help in calculating the amount of food per person would not hurt us. nine0005

  • Expert comment

Zhanna Ledovskaya, 7NEBO

The buffet and banquet menu is calculated as follows: Buffet: at the rate of 70-100 grams of food per person. One glass of champagne 150-200 ml. On a buffet table, as a rule, incomplete glasses are poured. And be sure to drink water without gas in the summer: at least 200 ml per person. Banquet: food output for dinner must be at least 1400-1500 kg per person, excluding the buffet and the weight of the cake. 1500 kg per person is optimal. nine0071 Drinks for a banquet: fruit drinks and still water, per person, not less than one liter. Alcohol for a banquet: here you need to proceed from preferences. On average, there should be at least 900 ml of alcohol per person. Cake is calculated using the following formula: 150-200 gr per person. If you want a big cake, then you need to take 180-200 gr / person. If the size of the cake is not critical for you, 150 g / person will be enough.

Wedding cake

We are looking for a three-tiered sponge cake covered with cream, perhaps a “naked” cake, decorated with greenery or succulents. I like light biscuits with fruit impregnations, mousse layers with a slight sourness. Oddly enough, but I also want to cook all the sweets for the wedding myself, as this is one of my hobbies)

Bridal look

I would like dress in dusty gray or powder color with large ruffles on the skirt, with an elegant cutout on the back, with a zip or buttons. Measured, but there were no similar models, unfortunately. The only problem is being overweight. I can't say that I have a bad figure, but like all brides, I would like to look perfect. Dissatisfaction with oneself makes it difficult to appreciate the dress itself. Therefore, I decided to postpone the choice until “better” times. As for wedding shoes, I really like Badgley Mischka shoes, but I chose a more classic version. nine0005

Bridal Bouquet - I like bouquets with succulent inserts, lots of greenery, eucalyptus and unusual flowers.

Make-up and hair — I absolutely can't make up, so it's hard for me to imagine what suits me and what doesn't. On the one hand, I want natural nude makeup that emphasizes natural beauty. On the other hand, bright makeup with an emphasis on the eyes. Something like that, I don’t even know how suitable it is for a wedding look. With a haircut, everything is easier. I lean towards a Hollywood wave or a careless updo with flowers. (feel free, of course, to compare yourself with Rita Ora:)

  • Comment of expert

Irina Pavlova, Wedding Stylist


Since Ksenia is not used to changing the images, it is important to maintain individuality and natural as possible in work with it and naturalness. don't be shocked by the color saturation. I prefer woody, chocolate, coffee, beige and milky shades in eye makeup. Lots of soft tufts of fluffy eyelashes will give expressiveness to the look. I would make the skin radiant, well-groomed with the help of a wet tone, a gentle blush and careful sculpting. I welcome the presence of a highlight - glare from the sun and evening lights on the skin will add additional sexuality to the whole image. nine0005

According to the eye makeup scheme itself, if we talk about the emphasis on the eyes, I would recommend not to stick to the classic horizontal scheme from the light inner to the dark outer corners, but to work vertically - from the dark ciliary edge, losing saturation to the crease and under the brow space.

Those options that Ksenia showed:

  1. Partly yes - brown, eyelashes, partly no - saturated clear green. Still, we do not have a theme party, but a wedding in the morning / afternoon, such makeup can look a little vulgar. nine0084
  2. Not at all. Sequins and glitters are best left for the winter or a hot disk.

If Ksenia has a desire to bring green color to her makeup, I can recommend making the lower mucosa with a green fat pencil (not applying a fat, but a pencil, do not confuse here). Thus, you can “light up” the eye and give zest without spoiling the picture as a whole!


I love the choices. However, if Ksenia stops at the dresses that I saw in the photo, the bun will be the best option. For a Hollywood wave, the silhouette of a fish dress is more suitable. The presence of fresh flowers and greenery should be looked at already in the finished image for relevance. It happens that flowers are appropriate and create additional tenderness, and it happens that the dress and image of the bride are so self-sufficient that one more bouquet in the hair will become superfluous. nine0005

  • Expert's comment

Zhanna Ledovskaya, 7SKY

I recommend you try two looks at the rehearsal: bright and more delicate. Be sure to take a selfie in each image, and then compare the two photos. Your eyes will not deceive you and you will choose the perfect image for you.

The image of the groom

Sasha wants a simple classic suit, I suggested that he consider options for suits made of green fabric and he even seemed to like it) I'm not sure about the tie, maybe a bow tie. Boutonniere for sure. nine0005

Schedule of the wedding day

We assume that we will get up early to mount the arch and photo zone, then decorate the tables, lay out the seating, finish the decoration. By 12 o'clock start gathering on the spot, at 15 we will take pictures together in the restaurant, on the site and in the bay. guests will arrive at 15:30, the ceremony will begin at 16:00, at 16:30 we will accept congratulations from guests and take pictures near the arch, at 17:00 the banquet and entertainment program will begin. At 20:00 we plan to start sailing on a yacht with a pre-sunset photo session on the water. At 21:30 we will go to the wedding dance on the site, after which we will go to cut the cake. We will end the evening with incendiary dances and the ceremony of handing over the family hearth. nine0005

I have many ideas for entertaining guests. I would like to invite a cover band for funny dances, arrange a flip-flop show with collective drawing of portraits-gifts for our parents, and I would also like to arrange a real master class in making chocolates right on the site, where each guest could make several sweets with different fillings that could be packed in a beautiful box with the symbols of our wedding and taken with you at the end of the evening as a keepsake) but in summer it is difficult to organize (

The first dance of will be lyrical and gentle, but we are planning the second one as well - cheerful and bright chachacha and passionate salsa. Perhaps we will look for a teacher.

We have not yet chosen the host , this is the biggest danger, in my opinion. The host sets the tone for the entire evening. I think it should be an elegant young man with a good sense of humor, a good voice, a modern idea of ​​fun.

Wedding photos

There will be a photographer, but we haven't chosen him yet, we like a few. I would like to have a photo shoot in full image in May, during the flowering of apple trees. To look at yourself, understand how to behave, choose good angles and diversify wedding photos (since we will have only one location on the wedding day). Of course, boudoir photo shoots are very beautiful and tender, but given how much we have to do on the wedding day, I don’t think we will be able to organize such a photo shoot. Perhaps before the wedding we will try to do something similar. And I'm also worried about Sasha's face) He doesn't always manage to portray happiness on it)

  • Expert comment

Anna Dmitrieva, photographer When considering a photographer's portfolio, it is necessary to pay attention to the shots taken at a real wedding, and not just on stylized and creative projects where the conditions are prepared in advance, professional models work and a whole team worked on the result. nine0084

  • View not just individual shots, but entire series to get an idea of ​​what will happen from the shooting of the entire wedding day: from the preparations of the bride to the final fireworks, in different lighting conditions. After all, every frame and every emotion will be important to you and your fiancé, and not just a few cool photos! Some brides ask for a full report from the wedding, which I think is very correct, you can track the quality of the photo and processing.
  • An important point is the conditions and the contract. How many photos will you receive? How will they be delivered and processed to you? What are the due dates? How many shots will you receive in retouching and how many will be processed? (this is a very important point, only 50 cool photos will not make you or your guests happy)
  • Almost every couple in one voice repeats “we don't know how to pose”. But! Don't be afraid. If you managed to choose a real professional, there will be no difficulties, because this is his job, he faces such a problem all the time.

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