high angle of dance floor at Ravington wedding

What Kind of Wedding Atmosphere do I want?

I don’t know how many times I’ve said it, but it’s been a lot: each wedding is unique. I’ve had some weddings that are more like a get together where people just sit around and talk, and I’ve had other weddings where people are partying till 2 in the morning. There’s nothing wrong with either one, but when you’re planning, you need to think about, “What Kind of Wedding Atmosphere do I want?” 

What Kind of Wedding Atmosphere do I want?

There are lots of things to consider when trying to plan your wedding and the atmosphere you want to create. It’s better to start early, so you can control as many of these factors as possible. Keep reading and we’ll help you create the perfect wedding atmosphere.

Wedding Date and Time

When you have your wedding will affect the feel and limit some things for your wedding. For example, a New Year’s Eve wedding is set up to be a big party. A December wedding, on the other hand, might not have as many people because of the holidays, and you will be doing everything inside. Another interesting thing I’ve noticed about dates is football season can really change up the feel of a wedding. Again, people might not show up if there’s a big home game. Also, the majority of the guys are going to be watching the games on their phones versus being up and active.

Besides the date, the time of the wedding makes things very different. A morning wedding will be more laid back and end early, while an evening wedding will have dinner and go into the night.

high angle of dance floor at Ravington wedding

Wedding Venue

Now that you’ve got a date, the next thing to consider is the wedding venue. Each wedding venue has its own vibe, so that in itself will create an atmosphere. If the venue is very high class and fancy, that will create one atmosphere. If it’s a giant barn with horses, that will create a totally different atmosphere.

The venue will also limit you with what you can or can’t do there. If it’s a small venue, you won’t be able to invite as many people. If you pick a church, they might not allow dancing. There are some venue that even have earlier ending times like 10 PM. All of these things should be considered before you book the venue.

Kind of Wedding Atmosphere

Wedding Activities

What all do you have planned for your guests? Are they going to be sitting around talking to each other the entire night or do you want them up and involved? If you’re more interested in a laid back wedding, you’ll mainly just want to create a comfortable atmosphere for everyone and won’t need activities. If you’re looking for a more involved wedding, give the guests something to do. A dance floor is the most common, but you can also have a photo booth or games for them to play.

Type of DJ

As we mentioned above, dancing is a very common activity. Still there are big differences in DJs. Some DJs just sit there and play music, others will have lights and get out on the dance floor and interact with the crowd. The type of music selection will also create that atmosphere. Is the music slow or is it a bunch of dance songs?

groomsmen dancing and sliding


This might have the greatest impact on your wedding’s atmosphere. Not in every case but in most, alcohol loosens people up and makes things a little more active. People are more likely to stay at the reception long if there is alcohol and more likely to dance.

Another thing to consider is whether you have an open bar or if people are paying for their own drinks. People are willing to spend money on alcohol but the atmosphere is so much different when the alcohol is free.

Need a Coordinator?

Now does all of this seem pretty overwhelming? Planning a wedding can be and if you want to create a certain atmosphere, you might need a wedding coordinator. They are experts at creating a certain feeling. They can handle the things I’ve shared and deal with other things like decor and arranging the physical space.

I hope this has helped you answer the question, “What Kind of Wedding Atmosphere do I want?” Each one of the items above is something you really need to consider early in the planning. If you have any questions or need any help, please feel free to reach out. We’re here to help!


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