(Closed) Making a ginormous number of guests till feel intimate?! Anyone?

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
2394 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010


That’s, um, a lot of people.  A lot will depend on your venue, I think.  Even a massive hotel ballroom can feel intimate if the lights are low and candles are flickering.

Post # 4
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I’m in the same boat. We will literally have a gazillion people at my wedding. One thing my wedding coordinator recommended which our venue is perfect for, is sectioning off areas and trying to avoid (if possible) a giant room. We have a lounge area, cocktail area, “quiet” area if you will, and different areas/sections. Also we are doing a lot of light decor to create a more intimate mood. Basically there will be a soft blue/purple glow (i think those are my colors, could change). We are also going to “table dance” during dinner we will go to every table for apx. 5 min and talk to guests, my dad and FIL’s plan on doing the same thing. Also our reception is LONG! Which allows for more time with people.

Post # 5
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We had 700 people at our wedding. I know most bees wouldn’t get this, but it actually did feel very intimate because everyone there knew and loved us a lot! My father-in-law is the head pastor of a large-ish church, and that’s where my husband grew up. I’ve become part of the church family over the last 4 years of dating my husband, and they welcomed me and poured out their love for me. On our wedding day, I just had the biggest smile on my face looking out at everyone. You could just feel the love and support and that made it intimate even though there were a lot of people.

We had our ceremony and reception at the church, which added to the intimacy. The reception was in the fellowship hall, and we piped and draped around the perimeter of the room, which gave it an intimate feel as well. (This was a gift from a congregation member). We also basically squeezed as many tables as possible in the room, so it felt pretty cozy, and when it came time to dance, the dance floor was absolutely packed the whole time! I think it’s absolutely possible to have 700 people at your wedding and have it feel cozy and intimate, because that’s exactly what I felt at mine.

Post # 6
4480 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

Congrats on your engagement! I don’t think I’ve ever been to a wedding that large (even the “big” Pakistani weddings I’ve attended were still “only” 300 people), but I would imagine that the lighting/decor of the room would have a big impact on a feeling of intimate-ness. If it looks like a brightly lit hotel conference room, it will feel that way. I’d invest in some good lighting and linens to help!

Post # 7
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Agree that lighting and decor are very important to an intimate feeling. But mostly I think intimacy will come from the feeling of love. A business convention doesn’t feel intimate because you don’t know or care about really any of the other people there; at your wedding it will feel intimate because everyone will be there because they love you and the family you come from.

Post # 9
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I agree with previous posters , the lighting and setting of the room and table arrangement can make all the difference

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