Post # 1
Ok, I love the venue we picked. It is a country club. The cocktail hour will be in this room with a HUGE mahongany bar with hightops spread around for people to place their drinks and appetizers. The bar is gorgeous and was one of the reasons we really liked the venue. After the cocktail hour, the guests will be ushered into the ballroom where the reception will take place. I am concerned that many of my guests will spend the evening drinking at the bar outside the ballroom instead of dancing. The manager said he can put a makeshift bar in the ballroom but unless we shut down the mahogany bar, I don’t think that will solve the issue and my fiance does not want to shut it down. He said it was one of the main reasons he liked the venue. Thoughts?
Post # 3
My venue has the bar outside the ballroom. I actually like it. I imagine people who will want to dance will, no matter where the bar is! I think those who want to chat or escape the music will like that there is another area to go.
Post # 4
I don’t think it’s a big deal. People will have to get up and walk to the bar to get a drink anyhow…
You aren’t is MA by chance are you? We looked at a venue that was like that. The bar was gorgeous and we wanted to have it there, but they had another wedding booked for the same night so we would have had to have our ceremony in the same room as the reception since the other wedding was using the ceremony room.
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
The dancers and the “bar people” are 2 different breeds, at least when it comes to my group. Yes, the dancers will take a breather and refresh their drink at the bar, but they want to dance more than anything. And the bar people generally won’t dance unless they are smashed, and who rerally wants their guests to get THAT drunk? I think you would be fine to just use the main bar all night long.
Post # 6
IMO, I prefer the bar inside. I was at a wedding where the bar was outside the ballroom and basically half the people were outside the whole time, drinking and chatting near the bar. Having even a makeshift 2d bar inside, would keep more people in the room where all the action is.
Post # 7
I have been to a few weddings this way. I like it because I am not a big dancer, more of a hang out by the hi-tops and chat with people. Having the bar away from the music lets non-dancers have a place to have a conversation without shouting at each other over the music. Plus more space for the dancing crowd to get their groove on!
Post # 8
My venue has the bar in the pre-function area, but I believe that the wait staff will get you drinks from the bar, so people don’t have to go out there. Is that something you could arrange with your venue?
Post # 9
Ours is setting up a bar in the main room, but also using the fancy bar outside of the room. Like PPs said, I actually like it so those who don’t want to dance at least have a quieter place to chat and drink, rather than sitting and staring at the dancers. Haha.
Post # 10
My venue is similar, so we are having a second bar in the ballroom once the dancing begins. I would imagine some of the guests who aren’t dancers will probably go in the to pre-function room where the larger bar is, but the second bar will help keep people in the ballroom.