Post # 1
So we decided to have our wedding where i used to live (out in cottage country, off of the lake in Ontario) we only have 50 guests and at first we were going to have our casual lunch wedding outdoors… but thought maybe that wasn’t such a good idea since it tends to rain a lot at the end of summer… (wedding date september 8)
in the area there was a cummunity center/ hall its fairly large (and amazingly priced for rentals, which include chairs and tables, plates and cutlery, plus a bartender) Anways problem is: i think the hall will feel empty with all that extra space around. the ceilings are very high and they have beautiful polished wood flooring… but that still doesn’t take away from the fact that guests might not mingle but instead huddle in their own little cliches with all that space provided.
anyone have decorating tips that could really make a large room feel more casual and cozy as well encourage mingling?
Post # 3
do you have a link to the venue? maybe seeing a picture of the space would help?
Post # 4
@totheislnds: the club has a webpage http://www.bayshoreseniors.ca/photo_building.htm
there are other photos too, but this is of the building
its much nicer in person… but i thought the ceilings were higher
(memory was never that great)
Post # 5
You can take advantage of the space instead of seeing it as a negative.
Spread your tables a little further apart and no one will have any trouble moving around.
Leave a larger area for a dance floor and the older folks will be able to move around when they waltz or foxtrot.
Leave a larger area around the bar and it won’t be so congested.
Bring in a few sofas or ottomans and make a lounge area near the bar.
Leave the area near the entrance open and you won’t have that mad crush while people sign the guestbook and find the gift table.
Rent a couple of coatracks and place them just inside the door. People will love having a place to hang their coats instead of hanging them on the back of their chairs.
Post # 6
@julies1949: i love the idea of a lounge area!