Are you looking to throw a dance party for a wedding, celebration or other event? If so, nothing says safety as well as a good time more than a professional dance floor. Choosing the right dance floor for the occasion isn’t too hard and prices are far more affordable than you’d ever think thanks to advancements in installation technology.
5 Things You Need to Consider Before Choosing a Dance Floor
Regardless of the type of party, there are a few things that you need to know for every dance floor consideration. Then, you can go ahead and choose the right type of dance floor based on the individual occasion. Here are five great tips for choosing the best dance floor for your event needs so that you don’t under-buy or overpay.
- Choosing the Right Size Dance Floor
One of the biggest things to keep in mind when choosing a dance floor is the overall size of the actual installation. This can be a bit tricky as some companies tend to recommend size by total number of guests while others ask you to estimate how many people will be dancing. Of course, it’s easier to know a ballpark figure for how many guests will be in attendance rather than how many of them will be dancing, but a good idea is to follow a mixture of the two numbers. This will give you your best shot at getting the right sized dance floor without overpaying for footage that won’t be used.
For instance, if you have between one and fifty guests, you can assume that about 20 or 25 will be dancing so will only need between a 9ft X 9ft floor and a 12ft X 12ft floor depending on the type (standard, LED light, etc.). For 50 to 100 people, you can assume 35 to 40 will be dancing and that would require a 12ft X 12ft to a 16ft X 16ft floor. For larger parties, the sizes of the floor will go up accordingly. For example, 250 to 400 people would assume that 140 would be dancing at any given time and as such, would need a 24ft X 24ft to a 30ft X 30ft floor. For a party between 1,000 and 1,500 people, assume 600 will be dancing at any time and go with a 51ft X 51ft to 65ft X 65ft floor.
- Knowing Your Crowd
- The Difference between Indoor and Outdoor Flooring
- Accessorizing your Dance Floor
- Choosing the Right Company
A basic tip for picking the right dance floor is going to be knowing your crowd. This will help you pick out the right dance floor for the occasion. For instance, a black and white checkered dance floor will look great for a 50’s rock and sock hop night, but probably won’t go over too well at a rave. On the other hand, having a LED lit dance floor at the local senior center mixer is probably going to cause quite a few headaches and complaints. Keep your audience and attendees in mind and think about the style of music that will be playing. For weddings, look into starlit twinkling floors and for quick receptions and events, choose an oak parquet floor.
Also, you should know that there’s a big difference in type and price between indoor and outdoor dance flooring. This is because outdoor flooring—when done professionally and correctly in order to avoid injury—is water proof and weather proof. It also takes a bit more leveling to lay the dance floor, but all of this is absolutely necessary. If you come across a company that says there is no difference, they are likely not professionals and could leave you liable for guests’ injuries. Don’t be taken by their cheaper prices, it’s not worth it in the long run.
Of course, choosing the right dance floor is just the start. You’ll also want to choose accessories that compliment the dance floor or choose a dance floor that compliments the accessories you have. For instance, you can rent LED cubes and tables to go with the LED lit floor, or a more classic décor—complete with red carpet—for formal dance events. The idea behind this is to create an atmosphere that invites the dance, not just a dance floor thrown up in the middle of the room where people aren’t sure quite what it’s there for. The more fluid the entire event’s decoration and design, the better time your guests will have since they feel more comfortable.
Finally, and most importantly, you’ll want to choose a company that knows their stuff. They should have a great safety record, putting your guest’s safety ahead of pricing costs. Don’t skimp when it comes to a dance floor, but also don’t overpay.
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Author Bio – David Biggers, the author of this article writes on behalf of UK Dance Floor Hire a premier dance floor hire company with over 12 years of experience in the events industry. If you’re on the lookout for a top class event equipment hire company in UK, UK Events Ltd. would indeed be the perfect choice.