(Closed) Dancing in seperate spot than reception?

posted 4 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
5379 posts
Bee Keeper

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namarried :  I’ve always thought it’s kinda odd to have the dining and dancing area separated but I have NOT attended any weddings that have it like this. It’s kinda awkward to have them move around but I guess that guests will just “deal with it”?

Where is your bar located then? In the dining area or the dancing area? I’ve read from an article that guests tend to gather where the bar is after dinner so probably make sure the bar is in or in proximity to the dancing area at least.

Post # 3
486 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I’ve been to a few weddings where the dancing was separate, early on people just tend to go where the Bride and Groom go but after a few drinks they just end up where ever they are most happy.  For some that’s sitting out in the garde, some the dance floor and others proped up at the bar.  As long as the venue isnt enormous and empty, separate areas are great 🙂

Post # 4
137 posts
Blushing bee

I am doing this at my wedding. The bar is in a conservatory next to the lawn where we have a stretch tent set up so if weather is good guests will hopefully spill out onto the lawn or go into the tent if it’s raining. Then the meal will be under the stretch tent. Dancing is in the hall adjoining the conservatory. It is not a big venue so I am expecting guests naturally to flow round the different spaces. 

Post # 6
9632 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i went to a wedding that had 2 rooms and a courtyard.  one room had a food table and a couple chairs around the room.  one room had the bar, music, and a couple of tables with chairs to sit, and the courtyard had some hightops and benches.

it was the vibe of the wedding, we moved back and forth to every room. but were mostly outside because it was so nice. the ceremony was in the courtyard too.

this was a 50ish person wedding so it worked.  i don’t think would have worked with 100+ people.

Post # 7
7987 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

The only way i’ve seen this work is as such:

Venue is a 2 story, there is a patio downstairs and a balcony upstairs that overlooks the patio. B&G went downstairs to do their dance, and everyone went to the balcony and watched from there.

There was no moving of guests, but the dance was in a separate spot. I think you would find it difficult to shuttle all the guests to another area, and then possibly back in. They will get confused, what if someones in the bathroom and comes out and everyones gone, theyd be like WTF haha. So I would proabably not do this.

Post # 8
3350 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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namarried :  I think you’re going to wind up with a dance floor that’s pretty empty. I find it’s hard to get people dancing in a separate space/it feels like two different weddings as it breaks up the crowd. Unless you have a huge wedding, I would avoid it at all costs. 

Post # 9
485 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I had my wedding in a venue with two floors (old grist mill) and neither floor had anough space for a full seated dinner for our guest count + a dance floor.  We had dinner on the main level, with dancing below.  Cocktail hour was also on the bottom level.  So to keep the flow we had cocktail hour, and then the DJ introduced us and the bridal party into the downstairs level where we then shared our first dance followed by parent dances.  Then everyone was instructed to go upstairs for dinner.  The dancers filtered back downstairs after dinner and others stayed upstairs to socialize.  From my perspective it worked well.  No one complained.  We had plenty of people dancing.  And those who preferred not to dance had a slightly quiter space upstairs to chat.  We had the DJ put speakers upstairs so any announcements and some music could still be heard.

It’s doable!

Post # 10
4890 posts
Honey bee

1.  Will there be seating and tables inside the hall where the dance area is?

2.  Will there be a bar in the hall area open?


People like to stake their claim to a spot and have a place to put their personal items and drinks between dancing.  When you split those places up and don’t provide that in the second location, your going to find your guests all over the place.  I’ve been to three weddings like this and all three the bars and seating were separate from the dancing and hardly anyone danced and everyone was all over the place.

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