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Do You Need A Portable Floor Rental For Your Wedding?

A portable floor may seem like such a minute detail for your wedding, but if you are planning to have hundreds of guests and have dancing, it's definitely a must-have item. Read on to learn more about the benefits of a portable floor, how much it may cost you, and what style you may want to consider.

How Can a Portable Floor Help?

If you are planning your wedding for spring/summer weather, you may want to have the reception outside. Trying to balance tables, catering, and chairs on grass and other uneven terrain can be tricky without an even surface. And women who wear heels will have a hard time since stilettos can get stuck in soft soil and grass. A portable floor will make the terrain easier to navigate and easier to set up furniture. If you plan on having a mother-son dance or father-daughter dance—or any kind of dancing for that matter—a portable floor will make it easier to do so.

How Much Will It Cost?

While you may want to take the DIY route, it may not save you that much money. For instance, one DIY dance floor project estimates that the total cost would be about $300—and that's without the labor costs. Costhelper.com says that you can buy pre-made dance floors for about the same price or less ($215 to $325), and you wouldn't have to worry about the time to build the floor, setting it up, and breaking it down again. So as you can see, unless you have lots of friends and family that is able to help you build a floor, it may just be better to go with a party rental company.

Keep it mind, however, that many of these companies sell their floors in attachable sections. So, you will need to know the total surface area you want to cover to get an accurate quote. If you're not sure how much area to cover in relation to your guests, you can use an online calculator after you learn your chosen company's average tile size.

While most companies add the set-up and break-down in the total cost, there are additional costs to keep in mind.You may want to add a trim to the dance floor to give it a polished border. If you are having your reception in the evening, you may want to purchase LED lit trim so that your guests don't trip. Lastly keep in mind that you may be required to purchase a tent or canopy if your dance floor is going outside. Some companies require this addition to protect the floor from inclement weather.

Which Kind of Flooring Should I Get?

Here's a quick breakdown of some of the pros and cons of common types of portable floors:

Parquet Flooring: If you want both a classic appearance and the affordability, this is the way to go. "Parquet" means that the floor uses smaller wood blocks to create a decorative, geometric pattern. If you need to install a portable floor at the last minute or shift the floor around due to space constraints, this is a great option because of its easy glue-down installation.

However, the downside of parquet flooring is that the wood is typically thinner so you won't be able to have much support. Tables, chairs, wheelchairs, and other heavy objects can put too much pressure on this floor type—it is strictly for dancing only.

Vinyl Flooring: This another great option because of its affordability. You may see a lot of vinyl flooring in a checkerboard pattern, which is great for both retro-themed weddings and contemporary styles. If you're worried about getting the floor dirty and expecting lots of foot traffic, this is a great option because it is easy to clean and it resists stains and dents.

Oak, Cherry, and Other Woods: As you can imagine, these are the most pricey portable floors—however, they are also the most beautiful in terms of color and texture. For instance, if you got a cherry heartwood floor, you would get a rich reddish-brown color. This type of flooring is fantastically strong and can support furniture and other decorations. Like vinyl, it also resists scratches and other trauma well.

The main downsides are the expense, the noise levels from clacking shoes, and the slick surface (if you are doing anything more intense than a slow dance, ask the flooring company about a finish or wax that could give the floor grip).

Once you have a better idea of the type of flooring you want and what venue you plan on holding your wedding at, you'll want to get in touch with a wedding and party rental company.