Post # 1
Has anyone booked a reception where there were more than just your reception occurring at the venue? What was your experience?
I’m thinking about a couple of dates at a venue and two of them have one other reception occurring in another room on the same day. I just want to know if this is really as big of a deal as some bridal guides make it out to be.
I personally don’t think it’s a huge issue… But thought I would see if anyone has any good experience to share on it!
Post # 3
There was another wedding recpeption in the bigger ballroom of our hotel
It wasn’t a problem at all. It was a large hotel chain and they have multiple receptions all the time and so they knew how to staff their receptions appropriately.
But it turns out our party must have been better because the other bride’s BMs kept popping over to our party to dance to certain songs. It was great – they danced with me on the dancefloor, brought me candy and at one point they even brought the other bride over to see my pink crinoline under my dress LOL!
What are you specifically worried about?
Post # 4
I think it depends on the venue and your personal preference. The first place we signed a contract did say there was a chance there could be another event. We had a January event and figured who else gets married in the winter, but, for me, it ended up bugging me too much so we booked elsewhere. My worry is getting the venue’s coordinator’s full attention and also crashers, even accidental.
Post # 5
I don’t really have an issue – I think if there was another bride or party having around my reception that would be fun! To celebrate with another bride… But my parents keep making a big deal about “what if they eat your cake or take the focus off of you or what if your guests leave and go to the other party or what if blahblahblah”. Its like a little earwig that’s making me doubt how I feel (that it would be fine by me!)
Post # 6
I’ve been to 3 weddings when there was another one going on at the same time and for 2 of them the music from the other party was sooooo loud you can hear the base through the wall during the speaches it was disruptive… and then at the other one they didn’t have an open bar (i don’t even think they offered alchohal) and the guests kept coming over to get drinks at our bar that was bad….
Post # 7
There were FOUR weddings at my venue the day of my wedding and the hotel was not gigantic by any means. There was an afternoon wedding in my room and three evening weddings. Oh and I think there was another bride who just used the hotel lobby for pics. I did see the other brides but I thought that was cool. The hotel had it down to a science and we didn’t hear the other ceremonies/receptions at all. I did have some people crash my photobooth since it was outside of our room but it didn’t really matter. I did feel terrible for the valets, I have no idea where they were putting all the cars.
ETA: Ok I just remembered I did hear one of the other weddings. I was outside our room at one point and walking back in and I was like “WHY is the DJ playing the YMCA?!?!” (it was on our do not play list) but it turned out it was the other party lol.
Post # 8
I didn’t really want that. I was ready to book another place which was only one hall but my Dad wanted to look at another place that had 3 halls in one building. We were going to get an end room and even then I was hesitant about it–what if guests went into the wrong room? What if another wedding didn’t have alcohol and their guests crashed our wedding? What if the noise polluted our wedding and we ended up with the battle of the djs?
We were told there was only one other wedding at the other end of the building so we decided to book. Then, a week later, we were told that we had been double booked and the only available room was the middle room. NOT HAPPENING! They did have a separate building that stands alone, and although it’s not quite as pretty it worked so we booked that. I’m kind of releived not to be sharing a hallway/bathrooms/parking, but it’s not the end of the world if you have to.
Post # 10
we looked at a venue that had the capacity to hold 5 wedding receptions at the same time. Five!! 4 indoors and 1 in the “all-weather tent.” I said no way! Last thing I want is wedding crashers at my wedding :p