Decor Logistics – separate rooms for dinner and dancing?

posted 3 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@MoopersMom:  My venue is split in quarters!  Ceremony first, then guests filter into another room on same floor for cocktail hour.  Then they head upstairs for dinner, after dinner a room on either side of the dining room open up, one housing the dance party and the other housing the dessert station and soft seating lounge.

I’m focusing my decor on the dinner room.  The footprint of the dinner layout is the most condensed and impactful focal point with our setup.  I am not so concerned with flowers in the other areas.  We can’t have flame candles at the venue so I’ll be using led candles heavily throughout the cocktail hour and all of the upper level.  I am hanging a cluster of disco balls in the dance party room and that’s about it for decor outside of the dinner room.  I’ll have bars in every room (except ceremony) though so that won’t be such a draw to one area over another.   

Post # 4
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@MoopersMom:  Can you use any of the flowers from the ceremony in the bar area? Have someone move them during photos? Or perhaps use them in the dining are and move while people are in the bar?

We had three locations; ceremony site, two dining rooms (seperated) and the ballroom for dancing etc. Here are some decor photos:

Post # 6
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@MoopersMom:  Ah okay, I was confused.

In your case what about decorating for the ceremony in a bigger fashion and then taking some of those items around the ceremony focus area and placing in the dining room on the tables? Perhaps some of the flowers? This would leave the rest of the items there for the cocktail hour and cake/dancing.

For the tables at cocktail hour/dancing why not do mirrors with candles (group of 3)? No need for flowers. You don’t need a lot for the cocktail and cake/dancing time. Little touches here and there would be fine. Dinner is where people sit and actually stare at the decor.

And thank you!

Post # 7
2 posts
  • Wedding: July 2015

Treejewel19:  Please tell me how the dining in separate rooms went over?  We have to do this with our venue and my thought was that I would put my family in one room to have a little mini reunion, my soon to be former co-workers in a smaller room and the rest of the guests with us in the largest room. Did this work well for you?  Were people complaining about being separated?

Post # 8
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

TYTY79:  For us it went very well without any issues (that we know of, who knows if something was said behind our backs). For the most part everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. I will say that for the second room we were very careful to include friends and distant relatives mixed so that one specific group wouldn’t feel alienated. We stuck to the non “drama llama” people in the second room too…those that would have fun no matter where they sat. That seemed to be the key to success. Good luck and happy planning!

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