Post # 1
So my FH and I have found a venue we really like. We went to look at it when we went home for the holidays and the decor is nice, the people that run the place really try to help you with anything they can for your wedding, you get the place to yourself on your wedding day, and it has room for our ceremony downstairs, with a bar and sitting area for cocktails in a room off that. Upstairs is a large, converted, old gymnasium. Due to moving 3 times in the last few years for my FH’S job, we have lost touch with a lot of friends back home, and I have a really small family, so are guest list is small (90 people if everyone attends). The reception hall said they would allow us to have a small wedding on a Sat. evening if we did so in January or February. Since it is indoors, I didn’t mind, February would be fine (they normally have a 200 person minumum for Sat. evening weddings). I really like the place and am really excited at finding someplace so quickly, but sometimes when I think about it I imagine this huge room practically empty, and wonder if it will look silly having a smaller gathering in a larger space. Here are some pictures, what do you guys think? Am I over thinking things or not?? Ugh..stressed.
Post # 3
It might feel a little empty especially if all 90 people don’t attend. That’s a lovely venue though. Why not look at some smaller venues and then decide?
Post # 4
I think it will be fine, as long as you space the tables out to fill it in a bit more. The dance floor looks huge, so surrounding it with your guest tables will warm it up, as will having more tables with fewer people at them. You’ll be fine.
Post # 5
I think it can work. As previous poster said, space out tables and consider having 8 people per table rather than 10. Possibly consider having a table of photos of you guys or getting a photo screen to put in an empty area of the room. Clever merchandising can fill an area that might otherwise seem empty.
Post # 6
Don’t worry about it. My venue was the same way (albeit we had two separate rooms: a dance room and an eating room) and I stressed about it.
We spaced tables out, sat only 8 to a table. We also put chairs and cocktail tables on the dance floor. We also put the hors doeurves table on the edge of the dance floor to take up more room and then later on it converted into our desert table. Your cake table can also take up space.
Just make sure to keep tables away from the walls and leave extra space on the walls so it makes the room look smaller.
I only had 80 people at my wedding and we have amazing shots of our dance floor packed. It never felt empty during my special moments like cake cutting and our first dance.
Post # 7
Oh and my bar and DJ table were also bigger than normal. They were both in a corner and took up a great deal of room that they usually don’t have. (both liked the extra space too)
Post # 8
It CAN work fine!
My venue could hold up to 300 people. We had a little over 90 people. Tables take up a lot more room than people think! We did tables of 6-8 people. The venue also filled up an area by placing a piano and put out a table for the vendors to sit ate to eat. We also had a kids table with activity for kids, and our cookie buffet! There is so many things you could do to fill out a room!
I almost switched venues because of this to a much smaller place! But we made it work with how we did seating, arranged the tables and how we filled it! It CAN work!
Post # 9
Thanks for the advice! The city in which we are having the wedding has limited options. So many places have decor that I can’t change (walls, carpeting, etc) so I really wanted someplace that had decent bones, and I am just afraid that if I think about it too long, we will lose the place. I wish I was close to my out of state family!! That would have packed the place lol.