(Closed) How to make a big venue look smaller?

posted 4 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
1112 posts
Bumble bee

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
329 posts
Helper bee

We spaced out our tables, and did 8 pp per table versus 10… gave them a bit more leg room 🙂 

Post # 4
2076 posts
Buzzing bee

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
1350 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

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
47254 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Seat less people per table, spread the tables out a little, you will be fine.

Post # 7
220 posts
Helper bee
  • 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
484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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
3239 posts
Sugar bee

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
1604 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If nothing else, you can usually put screens to cut off part

Post # 12
243 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

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!

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