(Closed) Reception in multiple rooms?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Reception in multiple rooms okay?
    Okay if rooms are equally well appointed : (8 votes)
    25 %
    Too awkward any time. : (16 votes)
    50 %
    Okay for standing cocktail reception but not seated dinner. : (8 votes)
    25 %
  • Post # 3
    6248 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 1900

    I attended a wedding this summer where some guests were seated in a separate room.  I was one of them.  It felt like we were second-best to the main-room guests.  And it seemed like the bride & groom didn’t pick an adequate venue, it appeared too small.  I vote no to spliting your guests up.  I found it rude.

    Post # 5
    389 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    My only experience with 2 rooms at a venue is the one from my last prom 😀 With that out of the way, I think it was just uncomfortable. Yes, sometimes I got off the dancefloor, wanted to talk, etc. but at the same time I didn’t wanna miss any of the “action” on the dancefloor. People might end up feeling like their constantly missing something if the can’t see the entire thing..

    Post # 6
    68 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I would suggest avoiding it if you can for all the reasons listed by pp’s.  If you can’t and this ends up as your venue your idea for tall tables is nice but also have lots of low tables too and like you said don’t assign seats so no one feels left out.  My friend’s wedding earlier this year was held in an L shaped room she did a buffet with tall and low tables as well as didn’t assign seats which overall would have been fine except there wasn’t enough seating for everyone (so obviously avoid that as that’s not well received by most guests).  Oh btw, she did reserve a few tables for elderly guests which I would also suggest.  Good luck!

    Post # 7
    11167 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    Well to throw another voice into the mix I am a bride who will be having two rooms, our venue cannot accomodate everyone in the main ball room. The additional room is right next to it with a linking arch doorway.

    While I agree it isn’t ideal it is a matter of necessity that cannot be helped. We have added a sweetheart table to the second room so that we spend time in both and have chosen the buffet food option to encourage mixing and moving about.

    I think with the second room you just have to be careful who you put there. We are putting a lot of our friends who are outgoing and lively who will have a grand time on their own and won’t feel put off. Putting family members in that side room might create a feeling of being second-best which of course we want to avoid.

    Post # 8
    23602 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I’m not crazy about the idea of separating your reception into 2 rooms.  It’s hard to incorporate everyone into the evening, and some people will inevitably feel a little left out…

    Post # 9
    994 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    At the risk of offending those who are doing this — if you can avoid it, I would, esp if you are having a traditional wedding meaning there will be speeches, special dances, etc. There are some gorgeous venues that I avoided because people would be split up (especially old mansions). I think they work well for more “mingly” cocktail type receptions, but not as well for seated dinners where the second or third room is going to miss announcements or not be able to see the dance floor.

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