Weighing the Pros and Cons of a Dance Floor at Your Wedding

By Ross | 1 Entertainment on Mar 29 2022

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A dance floor is not a necessary part of a wedding ceremony. But if you want to encourage guests to dance with you and your friends during the reception, a space for dancing is a great choice. 

Some wedding venues provide an area for dancing as part of their packages, and you can also hire a separate company to offer a dance floor if your chosen place does not already have one. 

If you are still on the fence about having a dance floor on your special day, read this article for the pros and cons of hiring a dance floor.

Wedding Dance Floor Pros

1. It will allow guests to feel more included in the celebration. If you are a fan of dancing and are looking forward to having the dance floor available, that's awesome. Having a space to bust a move will allow your friends and family to join you in on the fun.

2. You can decorate the dance floor in a way that makes it a focal point of the reception. If you are looking to work in your wedding colours or give a nod to the season, a dance floor is an easy way to add a pop of colour and texture. Even if it's not the focus, a dance floor can create a lovely backdrop to the rest of your décor.

3. It will serve as an accent during the reception. In this case, it would be located in a quieter area of your reception, like a corner of the room or a separate venue area. When you are ready to dance, you and your friends and family can move to the dance floor while the rest of the guests continue to dine, chat, and have a good time.

4. It can serve as a reception space for the wedding party. Sometimes, not all your friends and family can sit at your wedding reception. For example, the homeowner may decide to crack down on guests, or you may only have enough seating for seventy-five people. If you plan to have a separate area set up for the wedding party, a dance floor can serve as that space. 

Wedding Dance Floor Cons

1. If you have a particular style in mind, you may not incorporate it into the dance floor. This is not to say that you shouldn't get a dance floor if you want one, but if you incorporate a certain look or theme into your reception space, you may not do it with a dance floor. 

2. Your guests might not be comfortable dancing in front of you during your reception. If you have been participating in dance-focused weddings, like a first dance or a choreographed dance, some of your guests may feel uncomfortable taking the floor with you. You may also have a few people who prefer not to participate in the dancing, and they may feel awkward if they do not have a choice.

3. A dance floor will take up space during your reception. If you have a small reception space, especially if you opt to have a big dance floor, you may run into some issues. If you have a dance floor, you may need to make sure it fits with the rest of your reception space, or it may look like an afterthought.

4. The dance floor can be expensive, depending on the type you choose. Based on what dance floor you prefer, you can expect to pay decent money. In some cases, having a separate company install the dance floor can add cost to its purchase. If you are having a wedding on a budget, you may want to consider its impact on your total costs.


Are you still deciding whether or not you want a dance floor? If so, one option is to try it out. If you already know you enjoy dancing, you may want to try taking the floor with your partner during your first dance at a wedding you attend. 

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