(Closed) Dance Floor and Dinner: Same space vs separate floor

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Should we do two floors or one?
    Two floors is fine, but utilize the patio area for cocktails : (0 votes)
    Two floors is ok, and you don't need to use the patio : (0 votes)
    One floor for dinner and dancing, splitting it up will be a headache : (12 votes)
    100 %
    Other (will write below) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    3942 posts
    Honey bee

    I dont like having dancing separate from everything else. Some guests dont like to dance, and prefer to sit and mingle. Other people (like myself) like to dance and mingle and having everything on different floors makes this tough. And carrying drinks up and down in high heels will inevitably lead to someone falling.


    Post # 5
    2055 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    How about ceremony downstairs, cocktails on the patio, then dinner and dancing upstairs? I think ‘flipping’ the space adds some complexity.

    Post # 6
    1835 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

    @Tarheelgurl:  I am def on your side – you should rent out one floor, or at least have dinner and dancing on the same floor. Is there something your Fiance really likes about the smaller room – is there a reason why he wants to have the ceremony there rather than in the larger room?

    I’ve been to a lot of weddings, and the best ones are definitely where the dinner and dancing are in the same area – so guests can get up and dance for some songs, sit down if they get sweaty/tired, refresh their drink and set it on their table while they dance, etc. We went to a wedding with ~75 guests (probably very similar size to yours!) and the ceremony was in a church, and the reception was in a fairly large room where there was enough room for dinner tables and a medium-sized dance floor. The reception was so cozy and intimate, and the tables were in a circle around the dance floor. I loved how easy it was to visit with people intermittently between different songs, and honestly, it was just so cozy! I think by having dancing and dinner on separate floors, you sacrifice that feeling of “togetherness,” and you’ll probably end up with nobody dancing (because they don’t realize it’s happening, or don’t want to keep going upstairs and downstairs), or the young people downstairs dancing while the older people are upstairs (which kind of sucks, because weddings are about everyone coming together, right?)

    Long story short, definitely keep dinner/dancing on the same floor.

    Post # 7
    3942 posts
    Honey bee

    @Tarheelgurl:  Ya the stairs would bother me, but having everyone separate is more of an issue for me. We actually looked at a venue with a similar layout (dinner and dancing in different areas), and that was the reason we didn’t book it.

    Good luck!! sounds like a cool venue so hopefully you and your Darling Husband can compromise 🙂

    Post # 8
    879 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I prefer dinner and dancing in the same place. For guests who don’t dance, they’ll still be able to enjoy the festivities and watch. I’ve been to a couple wedding where the dancing was in another room and it always feels like there’s a disconnect. If you add stairs, there’s also the hassle of walking up and down and you might have less people wanting to dance in the long run.

    Post # 9
    119 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I went to a wedding once that had dancing on a separate floor. I didn’t dance. I had heels on, and had thrown my back out the previous day, and did not want to climb any stairs! If you actually want people to dance, don’t make them work for it.

    Post # 12
    6222 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    I like his idea of having the ceremony downstairs, but I think the dancing and dinner should be upstairs.

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