Post # 1
I need some advice and you have all been very helpful before. So, we booked a venue right after we got engaged. A very, very pretty garden in Mexico (for a destination wedding) thinking we would have around 250 guests. It has a very big terrace that according to the vendor fits 800 people. When we went to see it, we knew it would look big but they showed us pictures of how to arrange the tent, etc to make it look nice. However, now that we’ve been planning more and that the wedding is approaching, I don’t think we are going to have more then 180 guests. That’s at least seven tables less. I am terrified it will look super empty. My wedding planner says it doesn’t matter (but she’s been very disappointing, I don’t trust her much). Any ideas? Thank you!
Post # 2
notaprincess1: I don’t think it would look that bad. You can space the tables out further so there are walk ways between them. That will easily take up the space that the extra tables would have taken. You can get a bigger dancefloor? Segment a louge area on one side, or get a bigger bar? Get rectangle tables rather than circle tables? It’s hard to give you ideas without seeing the space.
Post # 3
We spaced out our tables, and did 8 pp per table versus 10… gave them a bit more leg room 🙂
Post # 4
I would just do smaller tables/less amount of people per table. Have you considered doing square and rectangular tables where you can do a mix of 4-6 people per table? This way you will have more tables to fill up the space without large round tables looking empty.
Post # 5
Can you rent some lounge furniture and have one area be filled with that so it looks like you wanted a hang out area as well as formal seating?
freckles071611: this idea seems really great as well!
Post # 6
Seat less people per table, spread the tables out a little, you will be fine.
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2016 - World\'s Fair Pavilion
Ditto what asobos said! Our venue seats 400, but we’re only planning on 100 guests. The most cost effective option for us was to bring in some lounge furniture and repurpose our cocktail tables to create a large seating area near the bar.
Here’s a photo of a similar set-up at our venue:
Post # 8
Can I send you some of the guests my mom is insisting I invite? Just kidding! I am certain that with some clever arrangement, you can make it look beautiful.
Post # 9
craftandclover: I love it! I wish our venue was big enough for this, we’ll have to wait for a family reunion next year!
Post # 10
If nothing else, you can usually put screens to cut off part
Post # 11
Thank you all! Great ideas!
Post # 12
notaprincess1: You want to avoid any ‘blank spaces’, so spread tables out a bit, maybe create a fun shape around the dance floor? If you have $ in budge for decorations, you could add flower urns on the outskirts to fill in any gaps between tables. Definitely stick with no more than 8 to a table. Also on the table, try varying height arrangements- it tricks the eyes into seeing more than is really there (but having some shorter ones vs long ones will save you $). Also like the idea of creating a ‘lounge’ space as some others have posted. I bet it will look amazing! Post pix when it’s all said and done!