Post # 1
I just found the perfect venue! It’s a beautiful private estate.
The only problem is there is really no place for 80 people to sit down and have dinner in the same room. There are separate patio areas and sitting rooms and such though.
This means we’re changing our originall plan of a sit down meal and probably changing to heavy appetizers and a taco truck with little cocktail tables around for people to eat at. I’m ok with this, because the estate is so lovely that it’s worth it.
But I am a bit worried how things like announcements and events and such will work.
Thanks for any advice!
Post # 3
@DaphneDescends: Our reception was NOT a sit down dinner.
There was PLENTY of food, but there was no formal structure to it– and it worked out very well. Lots of mingling- we did NO first dance, NO toasts, NO cake cutting!! There were some chalkboards around that were informative for guests–
I guess I can’t really tell you how to go about it– it just worked. Our venue was the main floor of a mansion. Not everything went exactly how we wanted it to– but no one knew that except for us.
Are you having kids at your wedding?
Post # 4
@MrsEME: Thanks for the response. Do you have any pictures of your wedding?
We’re having a child free wedding
Post # 5
Just make sure a main attraction area is clearly marked. This could be the dance floor or where the DJ is perched or where the cake table is located. Make sure your audio system is clearlt heard in all spaces. When announcements are made “meet us on the dance floor” or “make your way to the cake table”. Guve people directions and time to arrive before starting anything.
Post # 6
@DaphneDescends: just put a shekels if events if you feel I’ve is needed, in a prominent place in both rooms. If the announcements can’t be heard in both,and you can’t feasibly solve this with speakers in both rooms, simply make them twice. I would alternate which room gets them first.
Post # 7
@DaphneDescends: My friend’s was at a historic house. She just had someone go from room to room making the announcements.
On the invitation, I might say Heavy Hors d’oeuvre, Cocktails and Dancing to follow
Post # 8
I like the ideas of having a schedule clearly visible and letting know what rooms things will be happening in. (there are many separate areas: a library/study, a bar, a small dining room, two patios on opposite sides of the house, a living room, a large foyer)
@KoiKove: I also like the idea of having someone going around, as extra “insurance”. We will also be having an all you can eat taco cart, do you think I still need to say heavy hors d’oevures on the invite? We will maybe also be making mini tamales for late night snacks!
Post # 9
@DaphneDescends: Maybe. I would kinda want to know that I would be standing all night. It might effect the shoe choice I make. So technically you can just say Reception to Follow, but depending on what time it begins your guests might think it’s going to be a sit down meal. So by saying Heavy Hors, Cocktails and Dancing, you are letting them know it’s more than just a cocktail party since there will be dancing, but less than a sit down meal.
Post # 10
@KoiKove: Ahhh. Gotcha. That’s a very good point. I will let people know about the seating situation. Thanks.
We’re actually looking into maybe doing a couple of rows of long narrow tables since the patio is long and narrow. Hopefully that works out and we can have seating that way, but if not, I’ll make sure to let people know the seating situation.
Post # 11
@DaphneDescends: I definitely don’t have any pics of the reception area before people were in it– our ceremony room was transformed into the “area with tables”– and the event took place on the entire lower floor of the mansion.
I can show ou a few picture from downstairs, so you have an idea.
This picture was taken in the main hallway of the mansion– but if you can picture it, it doesn’t really seem like a “hallway”- but technically, we are looking at the front door when this picture is being taken, about 30 feet down. When you’re looking at the picture, over to the right is the room where we got married, and the room that was transformed….to the left is the built in bar area and to the front left is another room that was set up with tables.
I will try and find more pics that give you a better idea– but this is the only one I had uploaded to WB. Right behind the guys is a large chalkboard easel that had “info” and “annoucnements” on it (you can’t see it at all in the picture though)
We really wanted a laid back feel (even though our wedding was formal)– we didn’t want someone going around making announcements– which is why there were a few chalkboard around.