Post # 1
We are pretty sure we have our venue picked out. It’s an old opera house that is very unique to our little town, and they hold weddings, concerts, etc there now. My brother and SIL had their wedding and reception there too, and I always thought it turned out very nicely. The layout is like a theater: there’s not stadium seating, its like three different levels by about 1 foot, going down towards the stage. Then there’s a little flat area in front of the stage (think where fans stand in the case of a band playing or something) and then the stage. My SIL used the stage as a dance floor. It was big enough, it just seemed a little awkward going up there to dance because it felt like everyone was watching you, and I think people were a little intimidated by that because at first no one really danced. I really like the venue, I just think it will be a similar situation. Should the dance floor be one of the most important things at a reception? The only weddings I’ve ever been to, everyone just danced the whole time. I kind of wanted there to be a nice balance of mingling/talking and dancing. What do most people expect when they go to weddings? I don’t think it will help that we’re not going to have assigned seating becuase we aren’t having a full dinner or buffet, just hor d’ouerves and dessserts.
Post # 3
I personally would not pick the venue with the stage as a dancefloor. You want your guests to come eat, drink, dance and celebrate with you. Not everyone is a professional dancer in fact the majority of people out there are nervous about dancing in front of other people and would pass on being “showcased” like that. I would find another venue. Plus your SIL got married there so wouldn’t you want to find your own place?
Post # 4
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@shrubfish09: Well how important is dancing to you at the wedding? Will you be bummed if people don’t dance?
You have the advantage of having been to a wedding at your venue so you know how people will react to it!
I also think if the music is good enough they’ll get up there!
Post # 5
Okay…. another “how important is a dance floor?” question.
The venue for my niece’s wedding is entirely carpeted. Do we need to go to the expense of renting a dance floor, or can people comfortable dance on carpet?
Post # 6
As a guest, dancing and a dance floor would be really important to me. I’d wanna dance the night away celebrating and having a good time. Mingling is fine, but after a while, I’d get bored of that and would wanna dance.
Post # 7
Hmmm… I dunno how comfortable dancing on carpet would be… ? :/
Post # 8
@shrubfish09: Do you have any pictures of the venue?
Post # 9
I really like to dance at weddings, and I would feel a little awkward dancing on stage (for the reason you mentioned). My favorite weddings (the ones that stick out as the most fun ones I’ve been to) involve a lot of dancing! So, IMO it’s important. There is always a balance of mingling and dancing…people who don’t want to dance will mingle and chat with others. Others will go back and forth between the two things. It’s not one or the other. Personally, I find weddings without dancing to be more boring (generally).
Post # 10
@Brideonabudgetlauren: This is a pic from their wedding that kind of shows the stage and the layout of where the tables are and everything. I always rememeber the stage being bigger, but when I look at these pics it just looks small…
Post # 11
1) How long will they be dancing? If the floor is super hard (e.g. concrete), then after a while your guests’ knees and feet will hurt a lot more than if you had a real dancefloor that is meant for a lot of dancing. A dance floor usually had more “give” than some other materials.
2) How high is the stage? If your guests are not coordinated or if they are a little tipsy, they could fall off the stage. These are not trained professional dancers and actors, I assume. I don’t think you want to end your day with someone getting a bloody nose, a concussion or broken bones.