Is it weird to have reception split between 2 rooms?

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Imagine being in the room where the bride and groom and family AREN’T sitting? 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t think I’d like that as a guest OR a bride. And then what do you do for announcements, cake cutting, toasts etc… have everyone that was in room number 2 come and stand in the back of room number 1? ick

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I hate having to go a different room just for the bar or the food. I can’t even think of sitting in a separate room from the bride and groom. That’d be so awkward.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@Creiddylad:  I think it would be super awkward both for the guests and yourself. Not worth it to me. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I wouldn’t like it as a guest, especially if I wasn’t seated in the room as the bride and groom. I’d keep looking for a venue.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My cousin did this and I did not like it at all. It was extremely disjointed and it was really awkward for toasts/dances/etc. Half the people in the non-main room tried to cram into the main room to watch everything, and the other half didn’t bother and just hung out in the other room all night. Not recommended.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

I’ve been to a wedding where they had the whole floor of an old house.  So some people were essentially sitting out of the room (although there were no doors or anything) and it was fine. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I went to a wedding like this before. However, it was in a very old home and there were large doorways between the different (small) dining rooms. it didn’t bother me. Possibly partially because part of being in an old home is the maze of little rooms. That’s part of the charm.

I would say that the “connectedness” of the rooms is a factor

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

For a seated dinner, I don’t think it works very well, unless they’re in a very open configuration, where you can see and hear the other room easily somehow.  Ours was a stand-up, dance, drink, eat, mingle, type reception, with a band, and there was an outdooor patio that was separate, but worked because we opened the windows up, and you could see and hear what was going on all around.  But, you were also free to move in and out as you pleased.

It really depends, in your situation, on how connected the two spaces would feel.  If they’re acrss the hall from each other, and have big french doors you can open up, I think it would work just fine.  But if they are separated by standard sized doors, and a hallway, I don’t think it would work at all.

 

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

For a traditional reception, it’s a no for me.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Creiddylad:  I’ve been to two weddings like this and I didn’t like either.

Two times I went to one where dinner was in 1 room and dancing was in another.  It was kind of annoying and awkward though to go back and forth when you wanted to sit.

THe other time was some people were seated downstairs and others upstairs. Even though it was open and you could see down below if you stood up and walked to the edge, the people on the top all felt like second class citizens! I wasn’t a fan.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Creiddylad:  we faced this issue for our wedding, but it was not two rooms but two different floors… Mind you it was a tiny little mill that had been renovated into an event space.  We kept our numbers down so we coukd fit everyone on one level.  We thought it may comea crossa s rude when choosing who sits where… And also impossible, i woukd have wanted everyone in the same spot as me and my groom!  Best luck to you!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Creiddylad:  I would omit any venue that didn’t have the capacity for all guests to eat dinner together.  Splitting off other events like dancing or dessert is a different story.  But for the dinner event they should all be together.  

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