- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
I need some advice! I am having a hard time finding an “ideal” reception venue where I live, so we have had to make some compromises. The most convenient venue to the church is gorgeous, inexpensive, HUGE so we could invite as many people as we want. The only problem is that they allow no alcohol. I amnot a big drinker so it’s hard for this otherwise perfect venue to be ruled out. I am afraid though that people will leave early and not participate in dancing etc without alcohol. The only other convenient venues would require a cut in the guest list. We are considering having the reception at the convenient ballroom and do the dinner, toasts, bouquet toss, and all the usual events there without alcohol, then about 7:30-8:into heading over to a private room in a swanky local bar to have drinks and dancing. If we go this route we will have a DJ and late night “bar themed snacks” at the bar. Also we have a limo for the night to transport our guests for safety. The bar is only about a mile from the ballroom. I figure non drinkers and those with children will likely not attend the “after party”portion of the night. Also, the reason we don’t want to use the bar for the entire reception is that it is very dark so not great for pictures and just doesn’t fit with the style reception we want even though it is a really neat place for later in the night.
What do you think about these plans? Will guests think it’s odd to switch venues that early in the evening? It’s a little unconventional, but I think it could work out. Oh also the ballroom is just across a sidewalk from the church so guests would only have to drive to the after party if that helps.
Let me know your opinions, and thanks so much for your help!