Post # 1
My fiance and I are strongly considering a country club venue for our wedding reception. The venue has a beautiful terrace that spans the full length of the ballroom and overlooks the golf course, that will be used for the cocktail hour and will be reserved for our wedding for the entire night.
My fiance has concerns that, because of the terrace, a lot of people will spend the entire wedding outside instead of being in the ballroom for all of the events. Has anyone had a wedding at a place with a terrace and noticed this happening, or was it not a problem
Post # 3
Commenting because I have a similar situation 🙂
Post # 4
@rel318: I went to one that sounds exactly how you describe. Everyone came inside for dinner and dancing and only a few went outside to smoke cigars later in the evening. It was 90+ degrees outside (even at 10 pm) so I think that kept people inside as well.
Post # 5
Was at a wedding with a similar set up and did not notice any problems. People would go out to cool down, get some fresh air and chat. So long as you let people know when things are happening its a great thing to have.
Post # 6
@Bookaholic: that’s what happened at my wedding. People went outside to cool off, chat a bit, and then came back in. there was no lack of dancing from anyone!
Post # 7
It depends on the weather and the time of year, but I think it’s a justified concern. I’ve attended functions where people where dispersed because of adjoining spaces and it really, really affected the cohesiveness and energy of the party.
Post # 8
We have an outdoor patio area for our wedding. We are actually loving the idea of it, as it gives us a place to disappear too, and guests who dont’ like loud music a place to get out.
I would say that if you are having a dinner indoors, most people will be indoors with the party. 🙂
Post # 9
I was recently at a venue with a terrace in late August, and people who wanted to talk quietly/have a cig/whatever went outside for like 15 minutes, but most people stayed inside the whole time!
Post # 10
I think it sounds ideal! I could go out there and have a drink during the boring parts! 😉
Post # 11
I was at a wedding in October where there was a beautiful terrace overlooking the mountains. When we first went into the ballroom people went out there to have a look and take some pictures, but the rest of the night everyone was inside dancing and having a good time. I don’t think you have anything to worry about! Plus, if some guests aren’t that into loud music or partying, they’ll have a place to go and enjoy themselves.
Post # 12
We have a terrace at our venue overlooking a vineyard, and I’ve also been to a number of weddings that were indoors and also had an adjoining terrace or patio area and it has never been a problem. As some of the PP mentioned, it provides a nice area for guests to step away if they want to get some fresh air, have a conversation, or are too hot on the dance floor and need a break. I’ve never seen a case where everyone migrated outside rather than dance, but I suppose it could be a possibility. I’m definitely not worried about it though!
Post # 13
Thank you all for the replies. I think we are going to go with this venue. We love the idea of having the terrace, and I think it will all work out!
Post # 14
@MrsP0801: same for us! Our ceremony and reception are also at a country club!
Post # 15
I’ve been to a few indoor/outdoor venue’s for weddings and I’ve never noticed any issues. You call everyone inside for dinner, and after dinner and the events etc, during the dancing they tend to drift in and out to cool off and that’s about the extent of it.
Post # 16
Our venue had a large patio right outside, and while people did enjoy it, they were inside for the food which is when the speeches/’events’ happened, so they didn’t miss them.
I think it’s great when there’s an outdoor space available at weddings – always nice to have the option of getting some fresh air!
We also had bubbles for the kids (and ‘big kids’, heh) to play with outside:
^ That’s mah hubbs.