Post # 1
We just booked our venue at the Marriott and I was very excited with all that they do for you the day of however, but for some reason (maybe bc I am the most undecisive person ever) I am starting not to be as excited which is crazy bc I loved it when we were there. I think one of my concerns (which I voiced) was that we need to have a good size dance floor. We have a huge family and alot of dancers. The mgr assured me that the 24×24 dance floor would be big enough.
So, tell me about how wonderful your wedding was and how grateful you were to have had it at a hotel. And also, please tell me if you think a 24×24 dance floor is a good size or if it will be too small. We are expecting 250-300 people.
Post # 2
thats alot of people for a medium sized dancefloor.. but u should be okay!!! I went to my friends wedding and they had around 250 ppl and a small dance floor [around 20×20] so alot of ppl jus danced around it if there wasnt room!! and safer since alot of ppl were slipping cuz of drinks spilt lol…
It was awesome stayin at the hotel cuz we all got a discount on rooms and much safer not to drink n drive, it was nice knowing that my SO and i could drink as much as we wanted and didnt have to worry about going outside or driving 🙂 Winter time wedding brrrr
Post # 3
we had our wedding at a hotel and I’m really happy with how it turned out. A lot of people decided to get rooms (discounted) so when the reception ended at midnight we still had most of the guests celebrating with us. No one had to worry about driving home.
don’t worry about the dance floor – not everyone is going to be dancing at the same time. The only time we had almost every single person on the dance floor was during the Anniversary Dance.
If you have a family of dancers they will dance wherever there is space. Not necessarily on the dance floor
Post # 4
Amerie27: See! Thats what I thought too. I think our dance floor should be bigger. I don’t want a medium size dance floor. I want a big dance floor. I tried to tell him this but he was insisting that this would be plenty of room for my guests. Now I am worried. :/
Post # 5
jrae05: I didn’t have a hotel wedding but most of the weddings I’ve attended have been at hotels. Never saw one with a dance floor that was too small. In addition they’re sooooo convenient for the guests.
Post # 6
GroovyHippieChick: Thank you! Also, At first we were expecting 300 people but now as we are doing the guest list, it turns out we are only expecting 250 at the most. So, I’m hoping that this will give us more room for a bigger dancefloor if necessary. Yes, I def loved that we have room blocks for guests and its so much easier just to go upstairs and hop into bed vs having to drive home and load everything!
Post # 7
jrae05: This might help: http://www.dancedeck.com/calculate.php
It says for 400 total guests/140 dancers, 25×25 is the recommended size. I think that’s probably fine since not everyone will be dancing at once. But if you’re really concerned, can they accommodate a larger floor?
Post # 8
jrae05: I would imagine one perk would be the convenience for your guests! I would love to stay at a hotel where they wedding was taking place! You also dont have to pay for transportation for your guests (or worry about drunk drivers!).
Post # 9
jrae05: We had a great wedding at a hotel! Even people who were from in town stayed at the hotel and it was so much fun!
We did end up having a smaller dancefloor than I would have preferred, but it was not a big deal and didn’t prevent people from dancing. We overflowed through to the tables and kept the party going.
Post # 10
jrae05: In terms of your dance floor concerns– I went to a wedding where there were 300 people, and the dance floor was smaller than yours– and somehow, it worked out. There were a lot of older people there who weren’t interested in dancing, and people just made room for people.
Post # 11
MrsEME: Good to hear!!! Thanks! I feel a bit better now about the dancefloor issue.
Post # 12
A thing I am excited about is not having to worry and search for a caterer since we have to use the caterer within the hotel. Its one less thing that I have to worry about and mess with.
Post # 13
jrae05: I think a dacefloor that size will be fine. 🙂 I’m so glad we had our wedding at a hotel. It was like one-stop shopping; all catering, alcohol, waitstaff, and a wedding coordinator were included. It made planning and budgeting so much easier. Our suite was free for the night, and all of our guests got a great discount. We were given an extra room for free the morning of the wedding for the bridal party to get ready in, which included drinks and snacks throughout the day. Our guests said they LOVED being able to check into the hotel and walk downstairs to the ceremony without ever having to leave the building. They also loved not having to worry about rides or cabs after the reception, as they could just walk back to their rooms at the end of the night. So everyone partied a little harder. 😉 The hotel also hosted a brunch for all of our guests the morning after, it was really nice.
Post # 14
jrae05: We had our wedding at a Marriott last month and it was amazing! All of the staff we encountered (front desk, security, food service, event manager, etc…) were wonderful and they really know what they’re doing as far as handling a wedding.
If your manager says that the dance floor will be large enough, I’d be confident in saying that it’ll be a good fit. We had about 100 guests and I don’t remember how large our dance floor was, but we definitely had more than enough room to boogie. Then again, we also had a lot of older guests that didn’t dance either. Here’s a link to my photographer’s blog on our wedding if you want to see how it looked.
A lot of our guests came from out of town, so not having to deal with transportation or guests driving drunk was a huge plus! The hotel also happened to be near our subway system that can take you directly to the airport, so no one had to rent a car. Not having to hire a caterer (their food is really good BTW) or worry about renting tables, linens, or bar supplies was great too, and I really loved that we didn’t have to worry about setting up or break down anything.
I know every Marriott is different, but I think you’ll have an amazing wedding there and congratulations!
Post # 15
jrae05: Your reasons are exactly my reasons for why I booked a Hotel Wedding for next year. There convenience of just going upstairs to your room instead of having to worry about a cab or a DD was huge. Also the fact that they pretty much do everything for you RE: catering, linens, etc. was great! I can’t wait to not have to worry about that hahaha
As for the dance floor, a PP mentioned that not everyone will be dancing at the same time. Some people won’t even dance, it happens. You should be fine 🙂