The right dance floor for your wedding or special event can make – or break the atmosphere of the entire event. Have you ever been to a wedding where the dance floor was too small and cramped or too big and bare? I bet you remember if you have!

To pick the right style, size and placement, there are several questions you must first answer. Take note of how you respond to these five questions and bring this information with you to your wedding planner or event rental company!

1. Where will the dance floor go?

When doing a walk-through of your venue, you’ll want to be sure to identify exactly where your dance floor will be laid out. Will it be in the center of the room or off-side in a corner? There are pros and cons to both. Additionally, if you are having an outdoor wedding, you will need to carefully consider where you place your dance floor. This is usually on the flattest surface possible. If the ground has bumps or holes, subflooring may be needed which should be taken into consideration for both your rental order and your budget.

2. How big of a dance floor do you need?

This is often the most important question and can impact the atmosphere for your entire party. Too small of a dance floor will have guests feeling cramped, hot and uncomfortable. Too big of a dance floor can make the area feel too open and sparse. The right size for your dance floor will depend upon how many guests you want to accommodate.

Our experience with sizing helps us to give you a personal recommendation tailored to your event specifics (contact us for a quote!), but here are some quick tips to give you a general idea of sizing.  The pro’s advice is that no more than 50 percent of the people dance at any one time and each couple requires nine square feet of dance space. For example, if you have a party for 200 people (100 couples), 50 couples will be the maximum number dancing. You need 456 square feet of floor, or 38 sections of 3′ x 4′ dance floor units.

The right size dance floor allows everyone to spread out and have a good time without feeling too bare.
The right size dance floor allows everyone to spread out and have a good time without feeling too bare.

3. What style will complement your wedding?

Wood grain, New England plank and modern white dance floors each create their own look and feel within a venue. When deciding upon what material to use, think about the other features of your wedding. Would you describe them to be traditional, romantic and timeless? If so, a New England plank dance floor makes an elegant statement. Alternatively, a white dance floor is a fun way to add a bright highlight to the middle of your room and creates the perfect backdrop for an image to be projected on your floor. Don’t settle for the most common option. If you want your floor to stand out, explore the different varieties available to you!

New England plank flooring is just one of the several varieties of flooring we carry.
New England plank flooring is just one of the several varieties of flooring we carry.
White dance floors provide an unexpected highlight from below.
White dance floors provide an unexpected highlight from below.

4. What is your budget?

Just as with any other element of a wedding, the different styles and sizes of dance floors carry different price tags. If cost is a consideration with your dance floor, you may have to compromise on the more expensive finishes or get creative with the placement and size. Many indoor venues will include their dance floor as part of the cost of the space. If you are creating your own outdoor space, a dance floor will need to be delivered, installed and may even require subflooring to ensure a flat surface. Keep this in mind when crunching numbers!

5. Do you want to make it the centerpiece of your venue?

Dance floors can be designed to blend in – or really stand out. Think about the role your dance floor will play in your overall event. If you want to create an energetic party atmosphere where people can’t wait to cut a rug, you might consider making the dance floor a destination. One option is to lay a dance floor over a pool. This requires certain flooring to ensure safety, but the effect of “dancing on water” is something your guests won’t soon forget. Another option to liven up your dance space is to add colored lighting or a logo projected onto the floor. This will create a club-like feel and make guests want to stay out for just “one more dance” again and again.

This unique outdoor dance floor becomes the focal point of the room with its finishes and decorations.
This unique outdoor dance floor becomes the focal point of the room with its finishes and decorations.

Have you been to an event with a really awesome – or a really terrible dance floor? Share what made it good or bad by commenting below!

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