Post # 1
FH fell in love with a space today that holds up to 500 people and is recommended for no fewer than 75. Our guest list (including the maybes) is 120, we’re expecting about 75…
We both love the space & are hoping to just ‘make it work’. It’s a repurposed old brick factory – it’s amazing.
It’s obviously empty here but there are tons of pictures of amazing weddings here online – it’s Evergreen Brickworks. Has anyone else made a too big venue work???
Post # 4
I have the opposite problem. Our venue comfortably holds 250 and the guest list is creeping towards 375. I’m sure if you spaced it out and had lots of decor, large dance floor it would work.
Post # 5
We obviously haven’t had our wedding yet, but our venue is also meant for more guests. It fits up to 350 and we’re only expecting 175. We’re planning on having only 8 guests per table so there are more tables, lounge furniture for guests to hang out off the dance floor, and a photobooth with props in another area of the venue.
Hopefully it won’t look too empty but I HATED te venues where everyone was squished…how am I supposed to walk around in a huge dress with no room?!
Post # 6
One thing you could do to fill up some space and make it work without seeming empty would be to put some decorative screens up. Maybe some iron screens that hold candles to break up the space but fit the look of the space. Or some photo screens with pics of you and your FH, special family weddings photos, etc. Another idea, if you got some wooden crates and put either potted ferns or candles and flowers to help fill the space.
Post # 7
@MsGinkgo: Can’t you find a way to section it off? with greenery or curtains etc? Out of 3 options our hotel offered we chose the ballroom which happens to be the largest because its directly on the beach. We have a guest list of 35 and the place holds like 5xs that amount. our DJ actually is helping as he’s done this with other weddings at our venue. Be creative..one things for sure your dance floor will be huge! Good luck!
Post # 8
We don’t want to section it off too much because we want to make sure that people feel like they can look around. It’s also attached to a fantastic outdoor area.
We’re doing tables of 8 for sure, I’m thinking we might do a couple cruiser tables or a little lounge area depending on the budget (the rental fee for this place is more than we wanted but FH loves it, I’m determined to find a way to make it work)
Post # 9
We almost had this problem, but I found a smaller venue.
If you have the money, I would set up little “areas”, like a lounge area with plush seating to relax, maybe a cigar bar somewhere else, something like that.
Post # 10
Our venue could hold up to 200, but we had around 40. We had dinner stations, so that took up some extra space. Definitely go with tables of 8, as you mentioned. Around the dance floor I had some high-top tables to try to fill space.
I wouldn’t worry too much about it if you love the space. I’m sure the venue to can give you advice as well. As a PP said, I’d rather have extra space than feeling cramped.
Post # 11
@LivingInPink99: Lounge furniture near the dance floor is a great ode, especially for those few people in each group who won’t dance but don’t want to sit by themselves.
Post # 12
Ours is too big, we are doing tables of 8 and having a double dance floor, our family loves to dance.
Post # 13
@MsGinkgo: Make sure your dance floor has a lot of room to move around in.
Our venue holds up to 300 and we originally had a guest list of 150. We increased our guestlist by 100 to help (265 invited now + us!)
We have 23 tables of 8 and then a table for the vendors to eat at + the head table.
You can decorate as you want and give it an “airy” instead of “empty” feel that way and make sure there is good walking room among the tables, guests will love that and it wont make them feel drowned out by space 🙂