Post # 1
I really can’t imagine paying $500 to rent a dance floor. Anyone have any ideas for a less expensive DIY floor? Our dance area will be under a tent on a brand new cement patio at a nice hotel. My fiance thinks it will be hard to dance on the cement and that it will be tough when it gets to the "shoes off" time of the night. I’d rather buy a bunch of $1 slippers for ladies and have them in a cute basket next to the dance area. Am I crazy, is this one expense worth shelling out for? Has anyone come up with an alternative?
Post # 3
Our reception was inside a conservatory with a concrete floor. I believe this floor was sealed with some kind of glossy wax, but it was fine to dance on. I wouldn’t worry about providing a real dance floor, unless you and a lot of your guests are planning on doing a lot of formal ballroom dancing in ballroom shoes.
Post # 4
Another option would be to buy a dance floor. I know it sounds crazy, but a local hotel was selling one they had and if my family hadn’t thought it was such a crazy idea we could have saved a bundle. (Two weddings in two years and then we could have sold it!)
Post # 5
I’ve seen a few couples do things to designate the area a dance floor- one couple hung paper ornaments over the designated dance area (it looked amazing)- another couple bought pots and planted flowers in them, lined them up to outline a dance area (also amazing).
Post # 6
I think the slippers is a great idea. A wedding I went to this summer was outdoors and had a concrete patio where they held the reception. We danced on the concrete floors, but it really wasn’t all that comfortable with those shoes, nor without the shoes. I think the slippers would be a great idea in that situation. You don’t need a real specified dance floor for people to dance. People who like to dance can dance anywhere.
Post # 7
Maybe go to Home Depot and buy large plastic rugs (think the ones that go under chairs at computer desks) or an outdoor rug to make it a little softer. Get about four 5×7 ones and you would be good to go.
Post # 8
Is it smooth concrete or rough concrete? I am a dancer and smooth concrete is actually a pretty good surface for dancing. Rough concrete on the other hand, is not as great. I think the slippers are a nice idea. I would concentrate on putting feet in the right shoes/slippers than on changing the floor if cost is what you’re going for. I went to a wedding reception where the dancing was on rough concrete and honestly it was fine. It wasn’t perfect, but people who want to dance will do it anywhere.
Post # 9
I am wondering about this myself. My ceremony and reception are being held in the same venue. The ceremony is on the grass and the reception is going to be in the parking lot that we are blocking off. What if…after the ceremony when the chairs are all moved, we just make the grass area the dance floor? Would that be strange? Then my DJ wouldn’t have to move his equipment around.
Post # 10
At my aunt’s backyard wedding last summer she didn’t plan on really having any dancing and so didn’t worry about getting a dancefloor. She figured if anyone wanted to dance there was her flagstone patio. I wasn’t a huge fan of the idea since I love to dance, but I admit I was wrong! There was actually a lot of dancing going on and while you had to be a bit more careful, it really wasn’t that big of a deal!
I’d say concrete will work fine.
Post # 11
I just purchase 144 square feet of modular flooring…guess what it’s the same darn flooring they rent for $$. I did a google search and found some at sears for 1.15 per sqf free shiping. Plus I had a coupon. I bought for way less than rental!
Post # 12
Honestly, this is how I see it…Dance floors are great (2 out of the 5 weddings I’ve been to have had them) but they are extremely expencive to rent/make. My wedding is going to be outside in my farm’s field and eventhough a dancefloor would be nice, I’m not even going to look into one because it will save money and I figure if anyone want to dance then they will regardless, and well if they are drunk? They will make they’re own dance floor LOL 😀
Post # 13
We are considering buying two wooden floor laminates from ollies, each is about six foot by six foot. My dad is going to affix a sturdy foam underneath them. The foam he gets from work, the laminates are 49.99 a piece. Let’s hope it works out the way I envision it, he’s a miracle worker!
Post # 14
We are talking about putting down thin plywood( because we got A LOT for free) and then getting lamanate tile in black and white to instal onto the plywood. Then we are just going to attach molding to the edge so no one falls.
Post # 15
I went to a wedding this summer, we danced on the patio. I don’t remember it being a problem. They did have a basket of flip flops that people wore when their feet were tired of those high heels!
Post # 16
@smdcontreras: what a great idea! i was looking for vinyl decals to stick to linoleum floor so i can have that checkerboard dance floor i want so badly.