Dancefloor Dilemma

Posted by on Oct 3, 2008 in Blog | 2 Comments

The Q: I’m operating on a tight budget with a big guest list (350 invited, we’re hoping closer to 250 on the day) and was astonished at the cost to rent a dance floor!  To get one the size I keep reading we need (approx. 24×24 for 250 people) the rental company is charging about $1000 to provide it and set it up. 

We’re getting married in the conference center of a state park so it’s indoors but carpeted.

Do I really need a dance floor or can we mark off an area of the room?  I want a rockin’ dance party!

The A: I know, these things get expensive.  If you were on a marble floor or a hard wood floor or even a concrete floor, I would probably tell you that it isn’t a necessity at all.  However, the fact is that carpet is a little tricky to move on, particularly to dance on.  There’s a reason why grandmas say "Roll up the Rug and Shake a Leg", it’s not that easy or safe to dance on a carpet.  Indeed, heels can get caught, people can trip and you can create a little bit of static. :-)  Additionally, there is something about a clearly delineated dance floor, separated from the carpet, that does invite people to cut loose a bit more than walking onto a clearing in the room.

If you don’t have the money to do the dancefloor, I totally get it, but you might want to consider this as something skeletal that you should shift money around to do.  See if you can cut out a dessert course, make some floral pieces smaller or nix your favors to come up with some of the extra cash.  Not ideal, but you might want to consider it.


  1. Angie
    October 9, 2008

    Wouldn’t there be a way to DIY this? Mount plain tile or lineoleum on plywood or something?

  2. UK Wedding Directory
    October 9, 2008

    If it’s a nice day have the reception in a field! Just make sure everyone has sensible footwear on!!


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