Post # 1
I was wondering if anyone had any experience or can offer suggestions on our reception idea. The country club that we picked for our reception has a beautiful set-in dining room which leads to a very long but narrow covered patio through numerous sets of french doors which which steps off onto the greens and has a beautiful view of the mountains. The patio is where the cocktail hour will be held with drinks/hor d’ourves. Then dinner in the dinning room. Then we thought it would be fun tomove the party outside for dancing among the the beautiful landscape. There will be a dancefloor/tent(in the event of incliment weather) right off the patio with the dj or band set up out there. There will also be a bar outside (as well as one inside), high top tables, and some seating (adirondack chairs). i feel like this would accomodate the smokers (which there are many in the goup) and provide for a really fun and kind of different time. My concern is that the peole who dont want to dance/smoke may not come outside. I guess I’m just looking for opinions on this idea and any suggestions on how to get the guest to come out and stay outside.
Post # 3
@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.