Post # 1
So, invites just went out and so far RSVP’s have been pretty slow. Most of our guests are from out of town or out of state, soooo we’re starting to think the final head count might be a bit lower than we had originally planned.
We have been planning for around 100 people up until now but….we may need to plan for something more like 60ish…(we’ll see)
Anywho, our reception venue is pretty large….and I’m worried that if we do have a lower number of attendees than originally expected, the space might look reallllllly empty you know?
Here are links to two photos (I have more if you’d like to see them)
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Do any of you have suggestions on how I might be able to "fill up" the space at all so if we do have 60ish guests instead of 100ish….it won’t look so empty??
Thanks in advance!!!!
Post # 3
What a gorgeous venue!! My thought after seeing it is that you should not really try to fill–just put all the tables closer together near the dance floor so however many people you have are concentrated in one area rather than really spread out. I think it’s fine if there’s empty space in the back of the room or something– as long as the part where the people are doesn’t feel sparsely populated, it will feel pretty full, I think.
Just my two cents! Good luck. 🙂
Post # 4
@GretaB thanks for the advice! Yeah hopefully the venue day of coordinator might have suggestions as well – I just wanna make sure it doesn’t look like "nobody showed up" ya know?
Post # 5
You could also put a little ‘lounge’-y area in the back, some couches/chairs or hi-top tables for people who might want to mingle and chat instead of dance. then the dinner tables could be pushed together in the front to make it more intimate up there.
Post # 6
I like the idea of the cocktail tables….we’re doing a buffet style dinner and I know that the catering setup will probably be there in front of that staircase you see (on opposite side of room from dance floor)…soooooo maybe it’s better that that section be sorta open anyway?
And then have the guest tables and such sorta bunched up and then maybe there in front of the dance floor area have tall cocktail tables set up….with a walkway clear of course? If you look in the photos you can see black cocktail tables that they have available actually
Post # 7
*bumping to get some additional ideas*
Post # 8
I would put an entrance table a few feet away from the doors (are people entering thru there?) with a large, showy arrangement on it and maybe the giftcard box? Or could put the table placecards on it. (that would look fabulous and take up space.) This would serve as a grand entrance for guests entering the venue.
I would also remove some of the large tables and put on either side (left and right side) of the room an "S" shaped buffet table. One side for the food, other for an action station or dessert buffet. On each S table, put a large arrangement on it.
These types of tables encourage movement. And having one food style on one side and another type of food on the other side also encourages movement of guests.
In the middle, remove some of the larger tables and put in smaller round tables mixed with some square ones. Mix it up a bit. It would look great!
I love the lounge idea for the back of the room if $$ allows.
Are you two entering down some of the stairs? That would be great btw!