The Secret Ingredient for a Great Wedding Is a Wooden Dance Floor

No sore knees here. Credit: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

There are so many things that go into making a wedding fun; first and foremost, the people. But in my opinion, the second most important part of a fun wedding is an active dance floor. I don’t know about you, but I pretty much never feel more alive than when I’m jumping up and down and shouting along to a song that meant the world to me when I was younger, ideally surrounded by people who also mean the world to me and are shouting out the lyrics by my side.

So how do you make sure that happens at your wedding? You might be thinking: All I need is good music, whether played by a band or a DJ. And yes, it’s true that an amazing band or DJ is step one. But that part is obvious—it’s already a line item in your party budget. Step two, the part that isn’t quite as obvious, is making sure your guests can maximize their enjoyment while dancing to that great music.

After attending 10 weddings in the last 12 months — including my own — I believe that a wooden dance floor is a true differentiator.

Maybe you haven’t noticed the dance surface at a wedding or other dance party before, but they are not all created equally. Some are stone, cement, or tile. And there are a few problems with these options:

If you’re booking a wedding venue and you want the dance portion to be as lively as possible, make sure to check what material the dance floor is. If it’s not wooden but you love the venue anyway, see if you can bring in a surface that will be softer on people’s knees, like vinyl. Remember, this is an intergenerational party! You want people to have fun whether they’re in their 20s or their 70s.

Besides, bands and DJs are expensive. Why spend all that money on music if you and your guests can’t make the most of it?

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Sarah Begley

Sarah Begley

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