dinner inside – cocktails and dancing outside

posted 3 years ago in Reception
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  • Wedding: January 2014

@reneec136:  I think your idea sounds really fun! I am also going to have a dinner inside, and a dancing location outside.  I know that not everyone loves to dance, and so I am going to make sure that there are other activities to take part in, in the same area (for instance a DIY photobooth). You could set up horseshoes, or that game where you toss the bean bags into the wooden boards… Fun, slightly competitive games that get people moving, to the music, even if it is not dancing, will make everyone want to join that atmosphere. If you are having kids at the wedding, a craft area that is a little more messy could keep them safely entertained. Also, ensure plenty of seating (enough for the majority of your guests) and drinks (make sure water is accessible at the bar) outside so guests can relax and not feel a need to go “back and forth”.

What is the weather typically like where you live on that date? If so, providing fans (they can be personalized) would be really nice! Or even provide sunglasses! Cold? Maybe some heaters (which another bee just suggested to me) or blankets?  I think the idea of having a tented area for bad weather is great, but maybe also make it functional for those who need to step “inside” while still promoting your holistic party atmosphere.

On another note, make sure there is some space between a smoking area and a non-smoking one. I know that smokers often bother those who don’t, and that might be a turn-off for them to sit outside.. also, that way your photographer has a place to capture people not taking a smoke break. 

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