(Closed) Could a two-room reception work?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Could a reception with two rooms on separate floors work?
    Yes, just bring everybody together for the main events : (6 votes)
    20 %
    No, the people who are not seated in the room with the head table will feel left out : (24 votes)
    80 %
    Other (please specify) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    10288 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I wouldn’t be able to book that venue. Two rooms that are connecting is one thing but an entirely different floor is another. Your Fiance is right, any guests who end up in the “B” room will probably be a bit underwhelmed. They didn’t make the cut to fit in the main room so they were thrown into the overflow. I know this isn’t how you see it but they probably will. I would personally keep looking.

    Post # 4
    1048 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    @Binoculars: I personally think it’s fine. What is the layout like? I’ve seen some venues where there are two rooms, but the one upstairs overlooks the downstairs room. If that’s the case, (or if there’s even a balcony/stairs with a view of the other room), you could always just announce for the upstairs guests to stand there to watch the activities as they go on.

    Post # 6
    1048 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    @Binoculars: I would suggest adding a poll to your post. Might get more responses and it would be easier to see the breakdown of opinions. 🙂

    Post # 8
    1755 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Last summer I attended a wedding where people were spread out over a couple of rooms and while they were connected, it prevented a lot of people from having a very good view.  Honestly, I was family of the groom and felt left out and like a second class citizen.  No matter how great the venue, cut your list to fit a single room or shop elsewhere.

    Post # 9
    611 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    yeah I’m with your fiance on this one… I think it would prove harder than you think to integrate the two rooms, and get people together for the important moments… and I do think people in the B room would feel left out. Sorry to disappoint you but I think he’s right!

    Post # 10
    518 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    My reception venue is a stand-alone venue with 2 floors.  There are plenty of bathrooms on both floors and an elevator for those needing one so no one gets left out.

    Downstairs is where you do dinner and cake.  Tables an decor, pretty much standard, with 2 buffet lines.  Buffets are the deal at 99% of weddings in my area and I love a buffet so it works great.

    Upstairs is all the after dinner activities.  The bar is upstairs, the dance area, lounge area, and there is plenty of room for dessert, cake, candy bar, late night snack, etc. with a huge wrap-around deck for getting some fresh air. 

    I don’t see why 2 rooms wouldn’t work! Have dinner, meet-and-greets, and cake in one room, then have the other room for dancing, lounging, garter/bouquet toss, or whatever activites you choose to have.


    Post # 11
    7609 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I wouldn’t feel good about booking that venue personally.  The whole reason I go to weddings is to celebrate with the couple, not to just sit in a room and have dinner!  I do think people would feel very left out – I know I would.  Good luck either way!

    Post # 12
    328 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I had a friend who did this….they were able to fit everyone together for dinner, but the dancing was on the second floor. The second floor didn’t overlook the first floor at all. I thought it was kind of….awkward. There wasn’t enough room on the second floor for people to watch while people danced. I would say there was enough seating for about 20-30 people. But, with the cake table, sweets table, and bar upstairs, it just got crowded. So people weren’t able to mingle and watch all the dancing.

    Will you plan to have everyone crowd around in one room for you bride/groom and parent dances?

    I felt like when I left the dance floor and went downstairs, it was so quiet that it felt like I had left the party. It just didn’t feel cohesive to me, so I wouldn’t recommend it.

    If I were a guest seated for dinner in a separate room, I would definitely feel slighted–like I wasn’t important enough to be seated with everyone else!

    Post # 13
    4046 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I went to a wedding that was held in two rooms on the same floor. The guests in room A with the head table were mostly close relatives and friends (including me and my family) were in the second room.

    The problem is that if you out the older relatives in room A, they will often stick to their seats all night and for all the main events, the room B guests will end up standing in the doorway or missing out entirely. If you put the older people in room B, they may appreciate the quiet but will also miss out on most of the events and if they do come down, will have no where to sit which is uncomfortable.

    Post # 14
    3482 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    There are plenty of ways to take a “blah” venue and give it personality. I would definitely choose more of a blank slate venue and spend a bit more dressing it up if it meant all the guests could spend the whole reception together.

    If I found out I was eating on an entirely different floor than the bride and groom, I’d feel kind of slighted.

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