- 5 years ago
- Wedding: April 2013
Hello! I’m new here and I’m posting because I am having issues planning the reception. We are getting married outside in April, and having a casual reception in a 2 story barn (think country dance hall) with a dining room/kitchen/bar on the lower level and wide open dance floor on the top level. The main entrance is on the top level, but people can enter from the lower floor too. I need opinions on two possible scenarios.
1 – We have the wedding at 4-ish, followed by a cocktail hour on the top dance floor level. DJ will be playing and this is where we will set up our bar, cake table, guest book, etc. Fiance and I will make our grand entrance at this level, then we will all go downstairs for dinner, and return to the dance floor for first dance, cake cutting, all that jazz.
2 – We have the wedding earlier (probably around 2), have a longer cocktail hour with more hors d’oeuvres and drinks, Fiance and I come in, and instead of heading down to dinner (because it will only be about 3 or 3:30, we do first dance, spotlight dances, cake cutting, and open the dancefloor a little bit, then go down to dinner and people are free to leave after that.
My concerns with the first scenario are that people wont want to go up and down the stairs, and after dinner we will be dancing all alone up on the dance floor while everyone either hangs out downstairs or leaves. We will have the cake, bar, cookie table, etc upstairs to help prevent that, but I’m not sure how successful that will be. My concern with the second one is obvious, because it is kinda awkward, with a non-traditional timeline.
Which would you do, or do you have any other suggestions? The dinner has to be downstairs, and the dancing has to be upstairs (there isn’t room on either floor to do both, unless we get a TON of regrets).