Post # 1
We are having a casual backyard wedding in May. Obviously, it will be outdoors in what I hope to be under a blanket of stars. The ceremony starts at 5:30pm, dinner at 7:00pm and the potential for dancing between 8:00-10:00pm. We will be hiring the services of a DJ to play music during the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner and our first dance. The festivities will all occur on impacted dirt (not grass) and I intended to rent a dance floor. I’ve attached a picture of our venue.
My question is, I just found out that the dance floor cannot lay directly on dirt. I will need to pay extra to rent astroturf to go between the dirt and the dance floor, and even more to rent tarp to go over the dance floor overnight. All of this will come out to an additional $400 I was not expecting.
For those of you who had their wedding outdoors, do you think I can do without a dance floor? My fiance’s friends are not the dancing kind, but my girls are. Though, they will dance anywhere music is playing, especially when liqoured up.
I am having trouble justifying the cost of $400 for one guaranteed dance. Especially if the dance floor is only used for 2 hours (because music MUST be turned off by 10:00pm). Do you think I can do without a dance floor??
Post # 3
I definitely think no dance floor is fine for an outdoor wedding. People can shake it in the dirt, grass, or on a dance floor 🙂 I’m pretty sure that knowing it is an outdoor wedding women especially would be conscious of their shoe options too. I wouldn’t worry about it.
Post # 4
@bloodgo1: Yey!! Thank you for replying. My question was kinda boring so I was worried no one would reply. 🙂
I wasn’t intending to do favors, but I think I’ll change my mind and do flip flops so that folks can change their shoes if they are worried about the dirt. I was also intending to use the fire pit after 10:00pm to roast marshmallows and make s’mores, but I might start the fire early so that folks can dance around the firepit and keep their toes warm. What do you think?
Post # 5
I don’t think it’ll be awful without one. People don’t have to dance, or can dance on the ground!
However – are you sure there’s not a cheaper solution than the $400 astroturf? That’s pretty outrageous. You could try researching other surfaces you could buy. I don’t know much about this, but surely you could buy a bunch of used carpet to go under the floor for less than $400? No one would see it, right? There MUST be a better solution.
Post # 6
I am having a backyard wedding, no dance floor. I felt weird about having a DJ and making everyone dance in the grass, so I think we may cancel the DJ and do an iPod. My reasoning has more to do with the fact that our wedding will be over by 5 pm than the lack of dance floor. I say go for it- people who want to dance will do so no matter what. I am doing a flip flop basket for favors. As far as the fire goes, I think it depends on your crowd. If you want more people out dancing, I would wait to do the fire. If you know some people won’t be dancing anyway, you could have the fire going to keep them entertained.
Post # 7
@baldor1: I think you will be fine since it’s an outdoor wedding. I like your idea of having flip flops and if you haven’t already, you may want to post a pic of the venue on your wedding website (if you have one) so that the guests know what to expect.
Post # 8
I meant to vote yes. You can go without one in that setting. Gorgeous BTW!
Post # 9
It’s flat and open, I don’t think you need a dance floor. And like a pp suggested, maybe putting a pic of the venue on your website for guests would be a great idea. Then guests will have an idea of what type of shoes to wear.
Post # 10
Seems fine to do without. I like the flip flop idea, and letting people know that its a dirt ground so they can wear proper shoes/ attire.
Post # 11
THANK YOU everyone for your reply!! I now feel more comfortable going without a dance floor. Though, now I need to get on finding cheap flip flops. 😉
I don’t have a wedding website but will be sure to include a venue note on the invitations (or spread the details via word-of-mouth).
@Beluga: Supposedly the astroturf would serve dual-purpose: protect the underside of the dance floor, and allow guests to wipe off their feet before making it to the dance floor . The latter requires an extra 2 feet perimeter around the dance floor which would require me to choose between shrinking our dining area or opting for a smaller dance floor to make room for the astroturf.
Post # 12
That makes sense, but I still think they’re trying to overcharge you. You can buy carpet or astroturf for much less, and still allow for their (kind of bizarre) 2-ft rule. Have you checked out other vendors? I’ve seen plenty of outdoor dance floors that aren’t surrounded by astroturf. They just start suddenly. There must be other options. But as I and others have said, I don’t think you NEED a dancefloor… but if you do want one, I still think it’s outrageous that you should pay $400 for ugly green carpet, yaknow?
Post # 13
its like were twins!
i too am getting married may 7th and our reception started off as a casual back yard reception but it has kind of evolved. FFIL is going to build us a dance floor.
and we too are also having a night ceremony/wedding.
we are having a canopy (a $700 cost we didnt plan!) and lighting it with white lights and paper lanterns.
i think it would be kind of neat if you could somehow have a dance area sectioned off by a canopy of lights or soemthign like that!
maybe with paper lanterns…
or maybe something like the middle section of this photo. and you of course dont need the tents if you have somethign else to hold it up…
Post # 14
i would put up 4 posts and string lights from them to frame the dance floor area. i’ve heard that people are hesitant to start dancing at weddings if there’s no clearly demarcated dance floor.