Post # 1
Hello bees, this if my first post but I’ve been lurking the boards for a while! I’m newly engaged, hunting for a venue and I need your help deciding. We really want to have our wedding in a country area near my family cottage. I’ve got a date tentatively held at one venue until this summer, so we can take a look at it in nicer weather.
The venue is a vineyard/winery and they set up a tent with a wooden floor every summer, that stays up for the season, right outside their farmhouse. It’s a beautiful setting but the tent is only 30’x60′. I thought they seemed like a good option but the more I think about it I’m worried it’s just too small. We’re expecting about 150 guests. The venue claims that they can seat 200 if you’re crowded or 170 comfortably but i just don’t see how! When I work out seating arrangements I can BARELY fit in 150 (using the minimum distances between tables i found online) but it leaves no room for dance floor, a space for gifts, the cake, a bar, etc. I feel like things would be really crammed in, and moving tables out of the way to have a dance floor later in the evening would mean some people would be left without seats, and the band would have nowhere to get set up prior to dinner being done.
I just don’t know what to do! Aside from the size, it’s a great venue, a good price, so pretty, and there aren’t many other options in that area. I didn’t think my guest list was that big but it seems like hardly any places can fit us.
What do you guys think? Is that just too small, or can we make it work?
Post # 3
The ballroom (where my seated meal was) was 56 x 28, and it held 130 comfortably. We could have fit maybe up to 150, but that was it,. We had the dance floor in the connected rotunda, the gift table in the rotunda, and the bar in a separate room as well. The cake table and coffee station were in the main ballroom.
I doubt you could fit 150 with a dance floor, bar, gift table, and cake table in the one room.
ETA: My venue also claimed that they could fit 170 for a seated meal with dancing, and my coordinator, catering manager, and I both agreed there was no chance of that happening.
Post # 4
My venue is 40×60 and they claim they can seat 250… but there would be no room for anything else, and that’s using 8 ft banquet tables.
Post # 5
Hi @thunderberry: first and foremost as this is your debut post… a BIG Welcome to “the Hive”
My best advice is to check back with the venue… they may have some photos / floor plans you could see to actually understand “their way of thinking” when it comes to numbers
OR maybe even GOOGLE – Wedding at ___ – to see if any other Brides have put up Photos on-line
OR if you can’t find info specific to the Winery / Venue… you could just GOOGLE to see waht else you can find on-line in regards to tents & seating arrangements
I am guessing that many will be using long rectangular tables vs rounds… so that accounts for them being able to “squeeze” in more people.
Hope this helps,
Post # 6
@thunderberry: It sounds on the small side to me too.
I suggest you talk with the venue and find out if there is room and if they will let you have another tent installed just for your wedding. You can place them side by side and raise the adjoining walls , so that for all intents and purposes it is one big tent.
Post # 7
Thanks everyone for the comments, and for the welcome :). I have tried looking for pictures, but all the pictures available of the venue just show the outside of the tent, not what it’s like inside. I think asking if they will let me put an adjoining tent is a good idea, maybe I can just add enough room to be a dance floor and gift table etc.