Post # 1
Okay Bees, looking for honest opinions. Our reception venue is an Italian Resturaunt. The private dining room is where our band will be setting up, and the area in that room will be used as the dance floor. The room is carpeted, and I am struggling to rationalize spending the money to rent a dance floor.
Pro: It defines the space a bit more. It is a bit more comfy to dance in heels on a hard surface.
Cons: That money could buy more food instead (having a snack/appetizer buffet). That money could be used towards a limo for the bridal party. Is it really necessary, I for one will dance anywhere, on any surface?
Thoughts? Anyone out there in a similar situation, what did you do?
Post # 3
Same situation. We decided to take the extra $400 and spend it on food!! If just a carpeted area is that terrible for people to dance on, oh well.
Post # 4
I ran into this thread with arms flailing about to be all “OMG DANCEFLOOR” because I just went to a wedding with none and it was awful. BUT – the floors were concrete or slate tile or something, it was awful. I think carpet would be okay.
Also having some sort of something to delineate a designated dancing area would be good too (having your floorplan set up around it) I’ve been to a few dancing-weddings now where there was no dancefloor and no kind of no specific dancing area which was fine and people were still dancing wherever but it didn’t feel as festive. A dancefloor might give dancers an imaginary barrier in which to create a fun little party spot and probably encourage more people to dance.
Post # 5
I think the carpet would more than suffice. It isn’t as if your friends and family are pro dancers and need a parquay floor haha. Spend the extra on the food- believe me, your guests will thank you for it.
Post # 6
@ShesElectric: The plan is that the band will setup at one end of the private room, or in a corner. The room adjoins to the bar via frech doors that will be open, but it is a private room. We will have some tables setup around the perimeter of the room, two tops, for people to set drinks, take a rest, etc.. But the entire center of the room will be open. I think that the floorplan, private area, and the band should be a big enough clue that this is where you dance. Thanks for the response!! It is nice to hear the viewpoint of someone pro-dancefloor, that understands the quandry.
@luvdmb36: & @Mrs.ChubbyBunny: I had a friend say the same thing… People will want the food more than the floor. 🙂
Post # 8
I don’t know, I personally would go for the dance floor……to me it gives a nice “polished” type of feel to a wedding. It feels like “ok here is a legit dance floor, not “oh it’s a lil ‘make-shift’ dance floor”. But I’m sure either way your wedding will work out perfectly!
Post # 9
I think it depends on how much the dance floor would cost and how big/nice it’ll be. Personally, I like how it defines the space and people are less inclined to walk across or just stand around the center if there’s a different floor. There’s also the monogram that a lot of people put in the center of the floor to make it even more special for some pictures. In the long run it’s about whether or not you think it’ll be worth the extra money. Would you look back and say “I wish we had a dance floor” or “I’m glad because a dance floor wouldn’t have made a difference”
Bottom line: If it costs too much, use the money more efficiently elsewhere. If its overall statement/feeling makes it worth the cost to you, then get it.
Post # 10
I don’t think carpet is a good dance floor. If it was another hard surface, you’d be fine – but I really think you need a dance floor.
Post # 11
I think its hard to dance on carpet in heels
Post # 13
We were struggling with this for our backyard reception as well. We opted to pay the extra money to get a dance floor. I am so glad we did. I think more people danced than if we had just had a DJ set up and a spot on the grass. I have been to other weddings where they did not have a dance floor and have noticed that less people dance.
Post # 14
Floor over food! I agree with some of the PPs that a dance floor defines the space, especially in a restaurant. Love that for a wedding. It’s lovely and I think with it comes the moments about your wedding that your guests will remember — you dancing, them dancing and celebrating… and looking on at the celebrants if they don’t dance! People can eat anywhere anytime, and we do! We can’t dance at your wedding but once!
Post # 15
Add a poll. I’d love to see what the masses say
Post # 16
I personally love to dance, but refrain from dancing on carpet. It is easier to get your heel caught and twist an ankle or something. It is just harder to move on carpet. Any hard, smooth surface would be better, but carpet, no. If dancing isn’t a big deal for you, I say go with the carpet. But, if you really want people to dance, enjoy and not have to be careful about how they step, get the dance floor.