Post # 1
This is my first time posting on here, but I have a question that I can’t figure out how to answer!
My venue is an old barn that has been updated (It is beautiful!), the structure is the old structure, but the inside was completely re-vamped. It is a large space, but it is sectioned off extremely weird so it is hard to figure out how to do the reception layout.
There are two “side” rooms that are approximately 20’X28′ on each end of the barn.There is a middle room that is 34’X18′ (there is a kitchen that takes up the last 10 feet). While this seems large, because of the way the rooms are sectioned off, the only real useable space is 34’X10′ in the middle room. I have about 75 guests (which include our attendants), and I want everyone to be seated in one room so that they do not feel left out, but I am afraid this is impossible.
Also, sorry to make this so long, but the original idea was to have the dance floor be one side room and the cake, food, and dessert bar be the other side room, but I have reservations against that because everyone wants to see the first dance and having it in a separate room will mean everyone will have to leave their tables.
Any ideas at all will help tremendously! “Do’s and Dont’s” for spaces like this will also be appreciated! Please and thank you! I have also posted some pictures trying to get the layout of the barn (fiancee was taking pictures and didn’t know what he needed to take pictures of LOL). From the pictures you can see part of the front side room, which I should mention is where the front door is (top picture). The bottom picture shows looking from the other angle and the other side room (this room has a big barn door that can be opened).
Post # 3
Draw the room to size on graph paper (there are also websites where you can do this).
Make little cutouts of the tables, and try different arrangements until you get the one you like.
Remember to leave enough room between the tables for people to push their chairs back and for guests to get through the aisles.
Post # 4
I did this on paper and on excel. I have tried many different layouts and none seem to look quite right. The only one that has worked that could seat 75 people is having the majority of the tables in the long middle room, and having the head table and 3 tables in one of the side rooms.. I should have included that information -I tried to include the excel chart in the post, but it will only let me upload photos 🙁
I guess my question is, would it be ok to do that? They are adjoining rooms and most everyone in the middle room could see whats going on, but for events (cake cutting, toasts, entrance, etc) they would have to leave their seats and come in that room.
Post # 5
I’m not a big fan of seating guests in rooms where they do not feel like part of the wedding. I really can’t tell from your pics what the wall or rail between the rooms is like.
Is it possible to trim your guest list to fit the venue if you are already committed to the venue?
Post # 6
Have you considered rectangular tables?
Post # 7
I have tried rectangular and circle tables and it feels like the circle tables fit better and have a better flow. But, I am not against them at all.
All the activities will take place in the various rooms so not everything will have to be where the head table is, but I agree, if I had to sit separtely I would feel excluded. Unfortunately unless we scaled down to about 45, it’s impossible to fit everyone, and unless my fiancee’s family from out of state doesn’t come, there is no way to scale down the guest list, it is already close family and friends only.
Post # 8
I would try doing a layout in Excel!!! You can make the cells square and use each square as a square foot…
Post # 9
@MLDoddie: Im working on the layout in excel, but it’s only validating my fears that not everyone will fit seated in one room.
Post # 10
I have the same issue because my dance floor will be outside. We are planning on just having some space and doing our first dance in where everyone is eating. I was at an amazing wedding this past summer in Spain and the dance floor was on a second level, the bride and groom just danced right in front of the head table and it worked out fine. I think you could do this with cutting of the cake too… As far as sitting people in other rooms, I think you just need to be aware of which guests you put over there. Really think about where you put unnecessary tables (buffet, gift table, etc) so that all the guests can ideally be sat together.
Also, it seems from the top picture that the room sort of flows into another room (where the couches are) with a rather large opening. I would just continue tables out into that other room, but be sure not to sit anyone behind that wall that would block their view.
Post # 11
@AlwaysLoverly: I’m very good at arrangements, I have just had three completely different weddings in 3 years (both daughters & a friend.)
The important thing is for all guests to see the bridal table (IF going for a formal sit down). As was previously said, First Dance (if not too active :), cake cutting & speeches can happen in front of Bridal Table.
1. This can be acheived by arranging Bride & Groom at 45 Degree angle to both rooms with bridal party coming off both sides at what-ever-angle can fit. Place families in one room & friends in other OR Different families in each section.
2. Can also be acheived by large mirrors placed at angle’s where the rooms join, thus allowing each side to view the other. Can be very effective. If cannot get very large full length mirrors, than mirror tiles on a frame or surrounding a large mirror with tiles to make it bigger.
First dance is just as lovely having everyone stand and outline the dance floor with bridal couple in the centre. When arranged the others (bridal parties or parents etc) can join in.