Post # 1
I would just like a little input, whether it is positive or negative I really want honest opinions! I’m writing this right now almost frustrated to tears… We have had the most frustrating venue search. I won’t get into it but I’m totally at the end of my rope and determined to just decide on a place by Saturday and move on to the bext wedding things that need planning!
here is my question- we found a venue in our budget, cute and historic, allows outside caterers, 10 miles from our church, etc etc (basically perfect) exceeeeeept….. There is not enough room to fit all 210 guests on the main floor. There is an open loft with a double staircase right above it that we are considering for seating.
if you were my guest, would you be offended if I sat you in the loft? I’m attaching pics so you can see… It’s very nice and very open to the main room but I just can’t shake the feeling that I might offend people! Opinions please!
Post # 3
I’ll be honest. I’d feel like I was on the B-list because I’d figure everyone seated on the same floor with the bride and groom were more important to them. Leaving me as less important. I would be hurt.
Post # 4
Hmmm. I personally wouldn’t care, as long as it’s well lit up there, but I get the feeling some people would mind.
Have you thought about having the bridal table and immediate families up there… For some reason, I think it would be nicer to have the VIPs up there looking out over everykne, rather than shove people who wouldn’t fit up there.
Its a lovely venue, good luck!
Post # 5
@FutureMrsT1221: I might prefer the loft. Maybe put your younger crowd in the loft? My sister did this for her wedding. The younger crowd meandered down to dance/visit the bar, and the older crowd stayed at their seats. The main floor felt packed and party-like all night!
Post # 6
I think it would be fun to sit in the loft! You’d have a great view of everything going on. Maybe you can seat some of the guests that everybody knows are important/close to you up there so you have a good mix/nobody is offended?
Post # 7
I think it’s awesome! Totally unique. I would not even think twice about it and I would not feel like I “second-rate guest. If I had found a place like that, I would have gone for it!
Post # 8
That’s hard. I’d actually sit the “A list” people (close friends and family) up there so there is no question of favoritism.
Post # 9
@FutureMrsT1221: Is there a natural group you could put up there who wouldn’t feel unimportant? Like college friends? I would just put people who know that they are important up there.
Honestly though, I wouldn’t sweat it too much. As long as you circulate and spend some time up there, it’s not a big deal.
Post # 10
Yeah, I think it all depends on how you make your seating chart…
Post # 11
Depends on how many people are up there. If there are a bunch of others, I probably wouldn’t care. If there were just two tables I might feel a bit like an after thought.
Post # 12
@FutureMrsT1221: No, I wouldn’t.
We did two rooms and put all the fun people and close friends in the second room. Everyone told me they had a blast and really enjoyed themselves. Honestly we had more fun when we visited that room!
Post # 13
It’s beautiful, and if I was seated up there I’d just be thinking that I got an even better view! I think that with 210 guests, no one is going to wonder why they were seated upstairs because that is a very large group. How many people will be seated upstairs vs downstairs? I think as long as the upstairs group isn’t tiny, no one will give it any thought.
Post # 14
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
I’ve been to venues that have different levels before, and didn’t think anything of it. That venue looks pretty awesome.
Post # 15
First of all, that space is beautiful! I have venue-envy!
And no, personally, I would not mind sitting in the loft section. It is such a unique space and I would think your guests will be too awed by it to think anything negative.
Post # 16
Ivwouldnt mind. Plus maybe its a good idea to have that. I would love that so I can sit out grandparents away from the DJ! My grandparents wouldn’t mind being away from the main floor especially since they wouldn’t be even more deaf from the DJ. We even have people that will have newborns by the wedding and I’m sure they would appreciate some quiet space. But we aren’t lucky like you! Everyone is seated on the same floor all close to the DJ and dancing.
Really I don’t think guests will mind, just make sure you mix of up some of the “fun” people to have them seated on both levels, that way it won’t seem like anyone it being sentenced to the upper level since there will be fun all around!