agonising over my venue

posted 3 years ago in Venue
  • poll: Can i get 15 6ft tables in this space with space for dancefloor and dj
    YES : (4 votes)
    36 %
    NO : (7 votes)
    64 %
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Well, what did the venue say about the capacity with round tables?

    Post # 4
    Hostess
    7630 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    It’s pretty hard to judge from photos. Can you ask your venue to see pictures of past weddings the same size as yours? 

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

    Do they have a floor plan on their website? A few places I went to had that so you could see how the tables fitted in – they had the different setups mapped out.

     

    Additionally, don’t most venues remove a number of the tables between the end of the meal and the dancing anyway? I know mine does, that way you’ve got room for the DJ and everyone gets a bit of time to wander and chill after the speeches.

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Do the venue say that your proposed layout is actually possible? Because from the pictures I reckon it’d be a squeeze. However, the room is so differently laid out right now that it is hard to be certain. If they can fit the required number of tables and have room for dancing, ask to see the room rearranged in that layout style. Or at least ask for a proper, scaled, plan of that layout. 

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

    @nearly-mrs-R:  That isn’t great. Have you spoken to the manager maybe? My wedding coordinator is a bit scatty, but she was able to answer most questions.

    Post # 10
    Hostess
    9908 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @nearly-mrs-R:  I would ask for a floor plan (Or get in there and measure it myself and draw a floor plan) and then draw some scale circles and rectangles to be tables and work it out!

    My venue provided several options to us but their max is quite a bit larger than us (but she called our number their sweet spot) and i’m going to play with the layout myself in AutoCAD

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

    @nearly-mrs-R:  11 tables is pretty good – the extra four could be the ones that are removed when the DJ sets up, I think pretty much every venue I looked at near me removed tables after the meal to make room for the dance floor, so that could definitely be workable!

    Post # 14
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

    @nearly-mrs-R:  Well you won’t have everyone sitting down, will you? Ideally most people will be up and dancing, and some will be at the bar, and most will just be milling around. They could even set the spare chairs up around the edge of the dance floor so you don’t lose the seats but still have the space.

     

     

     

    TBH, I’ve never been to a wedding where all the tables were still needed when the dancing started. People will naturally want to talk to each other and interact, and those tables aren’t really great for it when the lights go down and loud music starts playing. Definitely take the offer of the extra room too – people will appreciate being able to take and break and go somewhere a bit quieter from time-to-time!

     

    Hell, even when I used to waitress, often most of the tables would be empty, even after we’d removed some AND with the additional guests who’d come for the evening.

     

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @chronicwhimsy:  The only problem with removing tables is that there can often be a surprising number of people who just want to sit down and not dance the whole night through. So yes, those extra 4 tables wouldn’t actually be necessary but the OP would want to know how the venue planned to manage any room changes so that they are discreet.

    However, I still think it’s going to be a squeeze to get that number of people in with any degree of style and comfort.

    I’d be put off by any really pushy vendor too. Especially if they are inexperienced. First impressions count for a lot when seeing venues and if you don’t get a good feel for the management of this venue I doubt things will get better as you get nearer to the wedding.

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