I first must tell you I did not build these. The Father of the Bride built these for his son’s wedding and we used them for his daughters. I thought it was a genius idea and I thought I would share it with you.
We decided that a way that we could save money was by not renting a dance floor. Renting a dance floor for outside for a 35o person wedding costs about $500-$600 dollars. When you have a concrete slab available…why not? The only trick is making the dance floor stand out so all knew what it was. Why not string some lights around poles?
The Father of the Bride bought some outdoor landscape beams and wood for the bases. If you look at this picture you will see that he screwed a piece of wood to each side of the 4X4 landscaping beam. He stained them all and we placed sand bags on them, covered with burlap, for stability.
The tops of them had hooks on them (The kind you screw in)
After I got them in place I strung outdoor lights all around them and for about $50, we had a dance floor.
If I ever have to make these for another wedding I decorate, I would make them the exact same way, but maybe even build a bigger version of a box like this to set them in and make a lid for the top. You could put the sand bags in the box over the wood like we did and they would be hidden.
The ideas for these poles are endless here are other ways you could use these:
- Out door wedding ceremony – they can line the sides creating and outdoor room. String lights all the way around and across!
- You could string wire across each one and hang curtains for this look. It would create a really romantic feel.
- You could use a few of these for outdoor dinner parties in the summer with either the above looks.
- You could make shift a shaded sitting area with a fabric awning attached at the corners for those of you (like me) who don’t have a covered porch. Here is a similar idea.
Want to know something funny. We dropped one strand of lights 4 hours before the wedding. We sent someone to go get another strand…which of course we could not find. So, they found 10 replaceable outdoor bulbs at Lowes. Who knew? The funny thing is that while they looked the same, the bulbs were brighter. You can see it here:
and even in the daylight here:
Its one of those things that no one would notice..unless you knew.
I know this was supposed to be a home decor post but I just couldn’t get around to it, but I kind of gave your home ideas in the end right? I hope all of you have a great weekend! I have another wedding this weekend. No, I am not decorating…just going! I can’t wait!
Thanks for reading,