Post # 1
My reception is at a country club. The clubhouse has many large windows that overlook the golf course. The clubhouse provides no coverings for these windows. It is a very pretty veiw but I am worried that all the sunlight may cause too much light for a good atmosphere. Our dinner starts at 6 with our dance to follow around 7. My wedding is in May and so the sun sets around 7. Has anyone had similar issues? Am I over-thinking this? Any advice on how to solve the problem on a budget?
Post # 2
future.mrs.gartland: I say do NOT worry about it!! I think the large, open windows will add an aura of romance as the sun slowly sets, and even allow your photog to get some really cool images!!! By the time 8pm rolls around, it will be dark…just when the party really gets going 🙂
Post # 3
Sunset dance sounds perfect! You’re def overthinking it- you definitely wouldn’t want to block the view in anyway, that’s what makes your space more lovely than a standard banquet hall or hotel conference/ballroom. Also the most beautiful and flattering photos are with natural light not flash- and you will be lucky enough to get some natural light pics indoors. Leave it be! Windows are a perk not a problem!
Post # 4
You didn’t mention it in your post, but make sure you check which direction the windows face – south facing or west facing windows will have a lot of light coming in in May at sunset, but north or east facing windows won’t be a problem.
Personally, I think that the natural light coming in would be GREAT! Dinner probably takes about an hour, so you have a gorgeous sunset view for the meal, the toasts, and when you get around to the first dance the last light will be fading from the sky – just in time for the party to really start!
If you’re still worried about switching the ambiance to dancing mode, consider doing uplighting and waiting to turn it on until the dancing starts. Maybe you can slowly fade on the uplighting during the first dance to mark the transition from sunset dinner to night time reception. Even if there’s still some sunlight coming in at that time, the uplighting with change the lighting and the mood enough to have the right atmosphere.
Post # 5
I wouldn’t worry about it! I’m sure if it was an issue they would have installed window coverings by now. Many venue’s don’t even have windows. I’m sure it will be lovely!
Post # 6
penguinwedding: this, check which direction the windows face so hopefully no one gets sun in their eyes as it sets! otherwise you may need to strategically arrange some of your seats…
we’re getting married at a country club too that has all windows! however we’re getting married in october so sun sets around 6pm (windows face east for us)… but i would’ve been fine if the sun kept shining for a couple more hours! nothing to worry about 🙂
Post # 7
Thanks so much you guys. I feel much better after reading these 🙂