Post # 1
I’m wondering what people think of a reception with no (or a very small) dance floor? We visited a venue this weekend that we loved, but with the number of potential guests, it looks like we might not have a very big area for dancing.
The venue coordinator also said that some couples choose not to rent a dance floor, since it’s surprisingly expensive (the venue is carpeted). While we enjoy dancing, we wouldn’t consider it necessary for ourselves – we’re okay with forgoing the first dance and the parent dances, or only having a small dance floor to do it.
What do you think of a reception with no dance floor (or a very small one)? Would you leave early because you’re not having fun? One of our priorities is that people enjoy themselves – to that end, we’re going for a very casual, relaxed feel. Does this necessitate a dance floor? If people have done this in the past, have been to weddings with no dance floor, or have suggestions for alternate activities, that would be great! Thank you! =)
Post # 3
Will there be a band or dj? If yes, then I think you need some sort of dance space, since people will want to dance and you don’t want them dancing on the tables. 🙂 If you’re not having some sort of live music, then I say you can skip it if you want. Will you miss having the first dance?
Post # 4
Well…I think there is a difference between having no dance floor and no dance space. I have seen weddings where there is no dance floor per se, but there is a space that is clear for dancing. You definitely need to have at least a space if you are planning on having people dance.
As for no dance space…I don’t think it’s a problem if you don’t mind that there’s no dancing. With the little extra space you have, you might want to set up belly bars or something so that you have sort of a club atmosphere. That may get people moving around and mingling, rather than just sitting at the dinner tables.
Post # 5
I think it depends on your guests. Do they seem like the dancing type or would they prefer not to? Think about the weddings you have attended of friends and family – that might be a good indicator. If it’s a daytime wedding, people might be less likely to dance.
If you don’t have a dancefloor set up, you can play bride and groom games as entertainment. Is it possible to set up karaoke? I saw that at a wedding before and it was pretty entertaining.
I think it’s okay to have a smaller dance floor so that you could still have the first dance and parents’ dances and then skip out on dancing for the rest of the evening.
Post # 6
LC80 said what I was trying to say much better!
Post # 7
I’m wondering about this, too. My venue offers some space for dancing but most of my guests don’t know each other terribly well and have widely varying tastes in music so I’m not sure that many of them will be up for dancing. I’m just hoping the reception won’t feel awkward as a result!
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2010 - Jewel Box in Forest Park and Windows on Washington
I definitely think this depends on whether or not your guests are much of "dancers." My guests would definitely be upset if there weren’t a dance floor….most of my friends are crazy about dancing, and it brings back great college memories.
I would at least have a dance "space", especially if you plan on having a DJ, band or some sort of music. And, dancing always keeps your guests entertained!
Post # 9
I agree with WorstTwinEver. I know my family & friends would be sad if there was no dancing….we are quite the dancing fools! 🙂
But if you know your loved ones wouldn’t really mind, then you shouldn’t have to bother with one if it’s not high on your list of priorities.
Would you have any background music? I’ve only been to 2 weddings that had no dancing, one I left pretty early because well…it was a bit boring, I only knew a couple of guests besides the bride & groom, I had a b-day party that night to attend, and there was no alcohol served so it was umm…quiet. The other one, there was no dancing as the venue didn’t have space for it, but they did have a piano in the room & there were a couple of guests who were actually really amazing pianists so they played some songs throughout the night so it was pretty nice. We did leave right after the reception though to head to a club….yup…my family are dancing fools.
Post # 10
I don’t see anything wrong with having people dance on the carpet if they so desire to dance, so long as it is a low-nap carpet that they wouldn’t trip on. I agree with others that it’s nice to have a space for dancing, but it sounds like with this venue renting a floor just isn’t worth your money.
Post # 11
I agree with lc80, there is a difference between no dance floor and no dance space. If your only option is carpet and you are worried that isn’t "traditional" for a dance… don’t worry about that! I don’t think that is a big deal at all and wouldn’t think so if I attended a wedding without a formal "slippery" dance floor. Now no dance space is a difference; you say the venue is small but would it be possible for them to clear out some of the table after the dinner for a "dance space"? I have seen this done before and it wasn’t a big deal either! I think if I found a venue I loved as much as it seems like you love this one but it was smaller than you wanted I would just plan to clear some of the tables out, maybe a 1/3, to allow for dancing!
Post # 12
I have this same issue. My reception venue has carpet and no dance floor. There isn’t much room also but I was advised that many brides have tables cleared out after dinner for more room. Stop stressing it should be fine.
Post # 13
Thanks for your helpful comments!
Given the small-ish size of the venue and our guests (the majority of which would be fine with no dancing), we’ll probably go with no dance floor for now. If we decide later on, as we figure out more of the details on layout and stuff, that we want one, it sounds like having a dance area on carpet wouldn’t be a big issue.