Post # 1
This is my first post and I’m hoping some of y’all can help out with my dilemma.
We’re considering having our reception at Bayonet Farm in NJ next mid-June. http://www.bayonetfarm.org/
The red barn supposedly holds 100 people seated, but I think that would be very cramped and you’d end up with some people in odd corners and a tiny dance floor.
And since we’re planning on having maybe 120 people, the only solution would be to have our buffet dinner outside under a tent and then dancing in the barn.
The tent would be about 50 feet away across a path from the barn door.
I was thinking we could set up a few tables inside the barn for older people who would like a solid place to sit and watch and not be stuck in the tent, and some chairs for those who’d like to take a break from dancing.
Would it be terrible and break up the party-feeling to have this kind of set-up?
Would people feel forced to dance to avoid sitting out in the tent by themselves?
This would be especially awful if it rained or was freakishly hot — my biggest fear for this type of event — a bunch of sweaty, cranky people held hostage in a tent! 🙁
I really love this location and would love to have our event there, but I’m worried there are too many logistical issues.
Please chime in with your opinion – it would be so helpful to have some neutral, outside opinions!
Post # 3
I love the idea of the reception in the barn but I’d be extra careful to make sure you have plenty of seating in the barn. A lot of guests won’t dance and people don’t like to stand for long periods of time (at least I don’t). I think you could pull it off but I would just make sure there are plenty of chairs in both the tent and the barn.
Post # 4
Are you inviting 120 or expecting that many? Keep in mind that about 2/3 of invited guests typically show up (there’s room for error there but I think people almost always expect more than the number that show up). I think non-dancers might not stay as long since the dance floor is removed from the seating, and weather could be a factor. But it could be great, I think it depends on how badly you want your wedding at that venue (do the pros outweigh the cons?).
Post # 5
Thanks for the input, everyone. It was good to hear some outside opinions. We kept searching and found a perfect venue for us, so thanks for your help!!
Post # 6
What was the venue you chose to go with? We are looking for something similar (but for a later date, no worries!) 🙂
Post # 7
We are having dinner in a tent and the dancing/dessert in a one room yacht club that adjoins. We will have some seating inside, but the dinner and everything will be outside in the tent.
Post # 7
How much was bayonet farms and what did it inlcude