(5) Fun Wedding Ideas for Dancing on Clouds


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Will you be having any special effects at your wedding? If so you might be considering a cloud dance. If you don’t know what dancing on the clouds is all about then keep reading to learn more.

our article covers the (5) best ways to use the cloud dance for weddings & events

On top of covering everything you need to know about this effect, we will give you ideas. We have all seen the traditional way the cloud dance is used for weddings.

However, there are some really fun ways to enhance this dry ice cloud effect without spending too much money! So let’s start thinking outside the box and truly make your wedding a memorable experience!

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What is Dancing on the Clouds

The cloud dance effect is popular for wedding receptions. It is traditionally done by entertainment wedding vendors like DJs, bands & lighting companies.

This effect is commonly used with a dry ice block or dry ice pellets to create a low-lying cloud. The dry ice is dumped into a machine with hot water and science produces the smoke effect.

📦 Rent DIY Dancing on a Cloud

The main reason why vendors charge such high prices is because of the cost of the cloud machine. It costs $1000 to purchase and that doesn’t even include the dry ice.

Now, this is the way this effect has been done for years. Keep reading to learn about the new way that saves you money!

How Much Does the Cloud Effect Cost

The price for a cloud dance can range from inexpensive to costly. It depends on the method and experience of the company. Some companies charge higher prices (over $400). Expect them to use multiple machines with dry ice pellets.

if you don’t go DIY then vendors may charge you $200-$400 for a cloud dance effect

A common price for companies to charge is between $250 and $300. Keep in mind that the machine they are using has a higher cost and also they still need to be compensated for their time and dry ice.

💬 The (2) most common machines are cumulus & nimbus dry icers. They often use 30 lbs of dry ice pellets in 4-8 minutes which cost approximately $30.

To Go DIY or Rent from a Company

If the prices do not fit your budget there is an alternative. You can do it yourself and save money on your cloud effect for your wedding. You just have to rent a cloud machine that is fog-based and uses either ice cubes or dry ice.

you can do it yourself & easily create a similar look for your first dance

This machine is different than a cumulus or nimbus machine in that there is no bucket of hot water. The machine operates off of fog that is chilled with either ice cubes or dry ice.

Watch a video quick overview of our fog-based dry ice machine & how to use it.

Dancing on Cloud Checklist:

  • make sure your venue knows you’re renting this effect

  • double-check that the venue doesn’t have any active fire alarms

  • double-check that the venue allows water-based fog machines

  • there is enough power so your DJ doesn’t trip a circuit

  • bring gloves & a hammer, ice chest should have a blanket insulator

  • do not store any metal objects in the ice chest when not in use

Before you go DIY it is important to know that the type of ice and conditions of the room make a HUGE difference. We recommend using a dry ice block crushed with a hammer. You need your venue to have a very low temperature (73 degrees or less) so your cloud effect hangs (aka lasts) longer in the area.

✔️ The dancing on a cloud effect we rent is a water-based fog fluid machine. This is not a cumulus or nimbus machine, those units are provided by DJ & decorating companies. However, our fog-based rental gives a look similar.

Use on Stairs & Balconies

So now that we have covered the basics, it is time to go over some dramatic places to use the dancing on a cloud machine. Some venues have stairs and even balconies for introductions & bouquet tosses. What if you were to use the cloud effect from the top and have it come over the edge?

just imagine how amazing it would look for clouds to cascade down your steps

This is a great way to create a photo opportunity during your event. It is not common for vendors to use the cloud effect for anything other than special dances. Having this used in a non-traditional way will leave a lasting impression on your guests!

Since this effect really cascades down the steps only use a dry ice machine like a cumulus or nimbus. The fog based machines use a heating element & do not get chilled enough for a cloud to drop 10 or 20 feet down multiple steps.

💡 Only use this on steps that have rails for short durations during formalities with the guest of honor holding onto rails

Change the Cloud Color

Typically your formal dances have lighting balanced for the wedding photographer you hired. However, one place that is never considered is to light up your cloud to match your wedding. Now you can dance on your cloud in the color of your choice!

changing your cloud colors is a fun alternative that will wow your guests

It is very easy to create this look. Just use a couple of well-placed wireless uplights near your smoke machine to light up your dance floor in the color of your choice.

It doesn’t have to be a color that matches your wedding, it could be your favorite color. You can even aim pink lighting onto your effect to dance on a pink cloud.

Combine with Special Effects

Every year there is a new way for couples to highlight their reception with the hot new trend. Special effects look stunning when combined with the dance cloud rental.

You have probably seen fireworks combined near the dance floor that go off with the crescendos of the music. The glow from the cold sparks over the dry ice cloud effect looks gorgeous… just check out the image below 😍

fireworks look magical when combined with the cloud dancing 🎆

Another popular effect is the light-up dance floor that can help (with changing your cloud colors). The twinkle light dance floor will give a slight shimmer to your smoke effect during your formal dances. This is also great for adding energy to your reception during your open dance.

Use for More Than First Dance

Your first dance isn’t the only place you can use your cloud. This can be done any time at your wedding. As mentioned early this looks nice for grand introductions as well as bouquet & garter tosses.

You can also have this planned for a flash mob dance or special group dance.

using the cloud effect doesn’t just add magic it adds energy to your party.

If you are set on using this effect then try it for more than one part of your evening. Just remember that there is a warm-up time on the fog and you have roughly 8 mins of fog juice.

Give enough time between activities so that you can have the machine recharge (aka heat up). When operating properly, this will vary from 30 seconds to 5 minutes with our fog-based cloud machine.

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How Will You Do the Cloud Dance

It seems that almost every wedding is personalizing their weddings with special effects like the cloud dance. However, if everyone is doing a cloud dance is it personalized?

so what do you think of this effect will you do it or skip it, tell us in the comments below

We think that doing one of the recommendations above will help put a new twist on a common experience. You deserve the most from your event. Hopefully our guide gives you wedding ideas to make your cloud dance extra special ❤️

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