Post # 1
I’m starting to help my mom plan her 15 year vow renewal and we don’t have a ton of choice when it comes to venues. There is a ballroom downtown that , for $2,500 total comes with tables, chairs, floor leanth tableclothes, setup & teardown, free cleanup, has guilded cielings, gold draperey and twinkle lights hanging from the ceiling. Plus no surcharge for ANY outside caterers or DIY catering as long as you purchace it from a certified kitchen (i.e party platters). Here’s a picture. It comes with everything minus the chair covers, which you can rent from them for $1.5 per chair
It’s in a hard to acsess part of town, but my main concern is that the guest list is for 100 people and this ballroom is for 500!!
Even if my parents knew 200 people (which we don’t) it would still feel empty
It’s the best deal as of yet, becasue we wouldnt have to decorate AT ALL, my parenst love it as is, and I can can try the semi-diy catering. There is a special area off to the right for a buffet setup out of sight of the guests but in the same room. It’s very cool.
Should I beef up the list? Put 5 people per table or find a smaller (but more expensive) venue
Post # 3
I think it will be fine, since there is so much decoration and visual interst. (The room is gorgeous!) If it were just a plain large hall I might think it would seem empty, but not in this space. Ivote to go for it– especially since it’s the best deal you have found,
Post # 4
Find a smaller venue. Your party will be dwarfed by the size of the room. 5 people in a tiny room looks and feels like a party. 100 people in a room fit for 500 will not give the same party atmosphere as your would like. I say skip it unless you can section off the space somehow.
Post # 5
Hmm I think it could work nicely if you have other things to occupy the extra space. Would your mom be interested in having a DIY photo booth set up? You could set up a little display of your mom and her husband over the years. I think the space looks beautiful and if you really like it I’m sure there are ways to make it work.
Post # 6
Ask them what they would do. Some places will put up a partial wall to block off part of the room.
Post # 7
What is the name of this place? It’s very pretty and I’d maybe like to look into it for my own wedding, but we’re inviting ~400, not that anywhere near that many would come. I’d want a venue where the size matches the number of people, so it doesn’t look like “oh, we’re still waiting for everyone else to show up?” “no… this is everyone…”
Post # 8
maybe if you put the 5 to a table and had all the tables on once side? then you could use the center area for dancing and tables for the food? you could arrange the room to make it look smaller by adding more things to it!
Post # 9
Just make sure that the venue doesn’t have a minimum person requirement! Otherwise, enjoy all the space!
Post # 10
Should be fine, you can use plants and other sort of decoration to dwarf the place down.
Post # 11
I think you can make it work! You would be hard pressed, at least in my area, to find a venue that beautiful that includes all that you mentioned for that price! @msgraphics is right on – sometimes the venues have draped partitions to help size the space appropriately, if they do not , they can easily be rented. I’ve seen a high school gym be transformed into a fairytale land with the use of draped partitions! Photo booths can be super fun too – I’ve seen them with dress up clothes inside & chalk boards to write messages to the couple. (May be too whimsical for this event)
If you think the area of town is difficult to access, it will probabaly be even more daunting to guests in your parent’s age group. Ask the Venue for their suggestions to offer guests easy solutions for arrival, access or parking; whatever the issue is; then put these suggestions on the rsvp or map or just as an insert in the invitations.