Are you worried that the small space for dancing provided by your wedding reception venue will just not be big enough to ‘bring down the house’? I get it, I actually get asked the question often when touring Minnesota wedding venues with clients, ‘…but where will we dance? Is that even enough space?’ While I have yet to experience a jam packed dance floor, like the kind at downtown Minneapolis clubs, at a wedding…I understand the concern.
I asked local Minneapolis DJ, Jake @ Party Sound, about his take on all things dance floor square footage. He’s been in the business for more than 30 years, so I think we can trust what he has to say. Here are 3 Reasons Why you Don’t Need an Oversized Dance Floor:
- Not that many people are going to be dancing. Even if you invite 300 guests. Seriously. Not all of them will be on the dance floor at the same time, unless you come from a family of get-down-ers. Which is not a common characteristic of Midwest families, just sayin’. Take note of your guest list, if you’re inviting the cast of So You Think You Can Dance, then yes, you will need a HUGE dance floor, otherwise, be confident in a smaller space.
Big dance floors are scary. Not everyone likes to be “on display”, I myself am an attention hoarder, but with only a couple people on a big dance floor it’s going to feel empty, and you might struggle to get even just a few people to boogie including me. A smaller dance floor looks more full for longer, since people will unofficially take turns on the dance floor.
Think about it this way, you wouldn’t put 200 people in a room designed for 500, because you lose the intimacy that brings people together, it feels empty and then you’re awkwardly grouped in just one end of the room. Same goes for the dance floor. Keep up the energy, keep it looking busy and full, by keeping it small. That way your guests have this #FOMO (fear of missing out) when they glance over at you all shakin’ it.
A smaller dance floor might also save you from having to move tables after dinner, which can kinda inhibit the flow of the night, being that some people no longer have a place to sit.
The type of dancing your doing most likely doesn’t need a lot of room. Ballroom type dancing with big swinging, sweeping movements has fallen out of favor, you simply do not need that much space to dance. The standard two step? Pop and locking? Not much space, even the electric slide doesn’t require a ton of space, but I’m guessing that’s on your ‘do not play’ list.
If you are thinking of putting your dance floor in the middle of the room, just remember that you might be cutting the space into two, since the dance floor becomes like hot lava and no one wants to touch that hardwood for fear of being forced to dance, let alone quickly trek across it to reach the other side.
Take my advice and take the advice of your vendors, like Jake, who have been to hundreds of weddings and seen it all. Especially when they say stuff like,
No one has ever approached a “full” or packed dance floor and said “we’ll come back later”, but I have seen people turn away from a large, empty dance floor not wanting to be all alone out there.
or even this,
How great will it be when on Sunday your guests gush, “OMG you wedding was so amazing people were dancing on the carpet because the dance floor was so full!!”
Do you have a wedding reception dance floor story? I’d love to hear about it below, leave a comment and share your experience! Thank you to Studio KH for the images of Kaylie and Travis’ wedding at Day Block Brewery.
Prosperity, Love & Happiness,