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Ballrooms have an elegant charm that can elevate any wedding reception. From celebrating your first dance as newlyweds surrounded by loved ones to the traditional bouquet toss, a ballroom wedding can host some of your favorite memories. When choosing the ballroom for your wedding reception, it is important to remember that the majority of your wedding day—and ultimately candid shots from your wedding—will be spent in this space. Our ultimate guide to ballroom weddings covers everything you need to know when selecting your venue, including considerations for your ballroom and wedding reception traditions.
A beautiful first dance at Brittany Hill's stunning ballroom in Denver, Colorado
If you select a ballroom as the backdrop for your wedding, this space traditionally houses both your dinner and dancing. In some cases, based on the couple’s preference, the ballroom can also host the wedding ceremony and even cocktail hour. Following cocktail hour, guests will be ushered into the ballroom space to greet the bride and groom as a part of the newlyweds’ grand entrance. Couples will often select a unique song to use as walkout music, and your DJ will announce the bridal party first followed by the guests of honor.
Guests watch on with admiration as the bride and groom enjoy their first dance at Eagle Ridge
A night full of dancing is commonly kicked off by the first dance—a tradition where the happy couple shares their first dance together as newlyweds. Your ballroom wedding is a memorable backdrop of the first dance, and there will likely be countless pictures to commemorate this once-in-a-lifetime moment. As the lights dim and a romantic ballad plays in the background, you will glide across the dance floor in your spouse’s arms as friends and family look on lovingly.
this ballroom dance floor is perfect for a fun-filled celebration | Galway Downs
Following dinner and speeches, your DJ or band will open up the ballroom for the best part of the wedding reception: the dancing! The newlyweds will join their guests on the dance floor for hours of entertainment. Many brides and grooms choose to incorporate a number of fun activities into the wedding reception—most of which will take place in the ballroom as well. This might include the bouquet toss and cutting of the cake traditions, or the less common (but equally fun!) shoe game.
A newlywed couple enjoy an intimate moment alone in the ballroom at Evergreen Springs
As your wedding reception winds to a close, you can opt for a final sendoff complete with glow sticks, or event bubbles. Your guests gather at the ballroom exit to wish you well in your new adventures as a married couple.
A new bride shares a first dance with her husband in the ballroom at Ocotillo Oasis
Before choosing your venue and the site for your ballroom wedding, there are some details worth considering that can elevate your reception experience.
A bride and groom enjoy floor-to-ceiling sunset views from the ballroom at University Club
Your ballroom will be the backdrop for breathtaking photos and an evening full of activities for both you and your guests. Take a look at some wedding traditions you can include in your ballroom wedding reception:
Newlyweds play the shoe game during their ballroom wedding reception at Boulder Ridge
We’ve selected some of our favorite ballroom wedding venues with unique features and locations that brides and grooms absolutely love:
Custom lighting can make for a dramatic first dance wedding photo | Black Forest
As you plan your ballroom wedding, let your imagination run wild and enjoy daydreaming about saying ‘I do.’ From your first dance under a grand chandelier to dancing the night away overlooking twinkling city lights, your wedding will be nothing short of memorable. After your nuptials, you will have stunning photos of your ballroom wedding that you can relish for many years to come. Check out our full list of ballroom wedding venues for the top locations to host your wedding reception.