Post # 1
So the room where I am having my reception at has no dance floor–much less any room to dance at all. It seats up to 150 people, so that’s 15 tables, 10 people to each table. There’s room to walk around between tables and that’s it. I have no idea where the head table will be at or even where the DJ will have his equipments at since I can’t imagine it all being able to fit.
I hate the room, my mom booked it for me as a ‘surprise’ without me knowing. And she already put down the deposit for it. I’m so upset. She didn’t tell me until a week later so if I cancel, it’s a $3,000 cancellation fee. All the other rooms are booked on my wedding date so I feel like I’m stuck with that room.
SO MY QUESTIONS ARE…Have any of you guys been to a wedding where there was no dance floor? No dancing at all? Was it boring? Awkward?
Post # 3
I’m assuming you were having an evening wedding that lasted late into the night?
If so, could you change the time? I think a wedding without dancing and such is alot more common during the daytime.
If not, I don’t think it’d be too bad. Most people that are older (like grandparents) would likely go home soon after dinner anyway. You could always arrange to have an afterparty at a bar/club for the younger people after the wedding if you are really wanting to dance and party that night.
If there’s no room to dance, I probably wouldn’t hire a DJ. The presence of a DJ would really make people wonder where they are supposed to dance! Could you just have an ipod with a sound system set up somewhere to play music for background noise?
Post # 4
move tables after the dinner, that is what we are going to have to do. Have you ever heard of a kings table? That might be a better option for you. Actually I read somewhere that people feel more awkward dancing in a large open space, because it seems like less people are on the dance floor. So people are less likely to dance in a large space, if that makes sense. It’s a wedding It cannot be boring!!!
Post # 5
It’s an evening reception and I cannot change the time. I have it from 5pm to 12 midnight. Moving the tables after the dinner is an option but I feel it would be so…unorganized.. especially with centerpieces and having to move around 150 chairs…
My mom booked the room because she knows our side of the family don’t dance. However my FI’s side of the family loves to dance! So I am afraid it’s going to be boring for them.
Post # 6
I think moving some of the tables out of the way after dinner is a good idea. Also is it possible to trim your guest list a little so there is a bit more roo. Your mom booked the room and it is kind of small for what you had in mind, so is there any way to have a few less people?
Post # 7
I’d cut the guest list and make room for a dance floor. Or I’d just cancel it, charge be damned. I need to get my groove on at weddings 🙂
Post # 8
Ok you seem so calm I would have flipped my lid. Your mom shouldn’t have done that without your permission. Can you trim the guest list? Move tables if you have too. You are getting married in wedding season, see if the venue would work with you if they booked another wedding, and if you have time to fine another venue.
If those aren’t options after dinner take down several tables and create a dancefloor, it isn’t ideal but you can find a way to make it work. Good luck
Post # 9
@Jamie42003: Ooh. This was avenue deal breaker for me. Maybe you could move tables though?
Post # 10
Maybe instead of round tables, you could do long tables? That would either create more room, or be easier to move. After the cake cutting a lot of older people will go home.
Post # 11
Could you transform it into more of a cocktail party atmostphere? So instead of having large 10-top tables, have smaller high-top ones, some with chairs and some without, and seating around the edges of the room? That might give you some space for a dance floor. Even if it didn’t, it might make it possible for people to mingle and chat and keep it a lively evening, rather than everyone just being stuck at their tables sitting down.
Post # 12
Also, you are a saint for not killing your mom. I would have lost it!
Post # 13
You could invite fewer people and use the extra space for the dance floor.
Post # 14
Or, i’d do what mightywombat suggests! It could be really sophisticated and fun!