Post # 1
- Wedding: October 2010 - Ladder 15 Restaurant
We’re looking at a restaurant as a possible reception venue. We LOVE the space and the atmosphere. It is an intimate setting and would sit our 75 guests comfortably, but there isn’t room for dancing in the dining area. There is a loft though that would be large enough for dancing, but I worry that splitting the crowd might be difficult for the flow of the party.
Has anyone attended weddings where the dinner and dancing are separate? Are any of you considering this option as well? Do you think it’s a big deal or something that people would get over quickly?
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
Our dinner and dancing will be in separate rooms – I don’t think it will be too big of a deal.
Post # 4
We’re getting married in a hotel, and our dining and dancing will also be in separate rooms. There are three different rooms, but we’re only occupying two, they have dividers that go between the two, but they will be removed for the reception. In my opinion, as long as the guests can see you dancing and don’t have to move out of their seats to watch your first dance, you should be fine. Plus, alot of people may not dance at all. Good Luck.
Post # 5
Our dinner and dancing is also in seperate rooms. We will have cocktail hour in one room, then dinner in the adjacent room. While we are having dinner the cocktail room will be cleared for our dancing. To get people from one room to another we will have everyone come to the dancing area for our cake cutting/first dance and then invite people to dance right away since they are already on the floor!
Post # 6
We’re getting married in a historic mansion, so cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing are all separate. I just wouldn’t have them going on at the same time, or serve dessert in the dancing space, so you keep all your guests together.
Post # 7
my fiancee and i fell in love with the courtyard of our hotel and decided to have our dinner there rather than inside the hotel’s banquet room. but since the hotel wants to make sure its hotel guests can have a quiet stay, we are only allowed to play soft music outside. therefore, we’ll have to move into its banquet room (which is 2 steps away from the courtyard) when we want to dance.
i don’t think you should worry, because you can always have your MC get the group going into the next room.
Post # 8
i went to a wedding in a historic house, the dinner was upstairs and dancing was downstairs. you could look over a balcony and watch everyone dancing. i enjoyed the wedding!
Post # 9
Our reception venue had the dining room upstairs and the bar and dance floor downstairs. It worked out fine. After dinner and cake, everyone just moved downstairs. However, the room with the dance floor did have several tables and chairs scattered around the edges of the room, so if people didn’t want to dance they could sit and talk.
Post # 10
I went to a wedding 2yrs ago that was separated. I didn’t mind it at all and I think it was nice for the older people & anyone trying to hold a conversation because they didn’t have to deal with “Jump Around” blaring from the speakers a few yards away. LOL
Post # 11
I think it’s possible! i would just make sure to have cocktail tables and few chairs for elderly guests or those who can’t stand/dance for lengthy periods of time. and maybe dessert there too? Some people will probably stay downstairs to talk.
Actually now that I think about it, a lot of my elderly relatives would have appreciated this, because they couldn’t hear each other/converse when all the dancing was going on at our wedding!