Post # 1
I recently attended an open house at my venue and after seeing their layout became pretty stressed about how my wedding will actually work.
We have three rooms that are all connected for our reception. One of them is a room for the cocktail hour that has a patio connected to it. The room beside that is the room that the dance floor and a few tables will be in. On another side of a glass wall is the dining room. All the rooms flow into each other so it is nice, but still feels slightly seperated.
I’m beginning to realize that if I keep all three rooms open after dinner that people will spread out and my wedding will look dead and nobody will dance. I’ve come up with three options and would love if you guys could let me know what you would prefer.
Option 1: So I thought we would close off the dining room to keep people more together. They would still be able to sit in the cocktail room or on the patio if they wanted to be somewhere quieter. The lounge and dance room are connected by the bar so there is a nice flow between them.The problem with this option is that all the time and money spent making beautiful centrepieces and backdrops and everything will seem like a waste as it’s only used for dinner and speeches.
Option 2: Cram a smaller dance floor into the dining room. Tables would be more crowded together but everyone would be in the same room and I could keep my decor.
Option 3: Just leave all the rooms open and hope that people will stay near the dance floor and have fun.
So Bees, what do you think would work out the best, and what would you prefer as a guest? Thank you so much for any feedback because I’m totally lost on this one.
Post # 3
I voted for the third option, because I like to dance at parties & weddings, so I would seek out the dance floor regardless of its proximity to my table, and I would prefer a larger dance floor.
I think you’re overthinking this! Wallflowers will sit at their tables, no matter how close their table is to the dance floor, and dancers will seek out the dance floor. Just get a bunch of your friends to shake it on the floor to encourage the more shy guests out there too.
Post # 4
I voted for #3 – people tend to cluster more than you think!
But whatever you choose, please make sure that you have enough seating if you close off the dining room. I like to dance, but I also like breaks to drink and chat, and I can dance longer and harder if I can sit occasionally!
Post # 5
Thanks for your opinions!
There is definitely tons of seating available, even if the dining room is closed. There are 5 tables, each seating 7 around the dance floor, and tons of taller bar stools around little tables in the lounge, plus about 10 comfy lounge chairs.
I hope people would want to be around us all night, so I’m hoping that even with keeping the dining room open that people would have fun 🙂
I’m just overthinking it so much because my Mom had really strong opinions on having the dining room closed, she thinks it’s too spread out otherwise. While I wasn’t sure and wanted the hives help, so thanks for taking the time to offer some feedback!
Post # 6
I would love to see pictures because it really depends on how it looks.
Post # 7
#3 for the reasons Babybumblebee gave.
Post # 8
lol well I don’t have photos, but paint works right? haha. The walls between the dining room and the dance floor are all glass as well and the exterior walls of the dance room and the lounge are glass. So the rooms do flow nicely. I just wasn’t sure if it would be weird to have a room open for people to be so removed from everything else in.
But I hope that with the tables around the dance floor that the wallflowers will choose to sit there or in the lounge 🙂
Anyways, I’m no artist, but here is my floor plan lol.
Post # 9
i think you will be ok with all 3 open but if you do close off the dance floor make sure there are enough seats. good luck!
Post # 10
I voted 1 because I’ve been to weddings where if there is multiple rooms, they do look too spread out. People will still have places to sit and the quitier options and maybe you don’t go all out for the centerpieces with that option.