(Closed) two floor venue? (longish)

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
888 posts
Busy bee

I have not only been to many weddings where this was the case, this will be the case at my own.  It’s not an issue.  People tend to follow the bride and groom whereever they go in the venue.  Just have the dancing happen after dinner.

Maybe also cut the cake on the dance floor?  This is what one couple did and that drew everyone into the separate space for dancing.

It sounds like a great venue and I would not let this stop you!

Post # 5
3526 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Hi!I think your venue sounds wonderful! I LOVE industrial, open and exposed bricks!!!

I don’t think the two level will be an issue. Many brides have done it including Mrs. Bruschetta.

But, I do understand your concern! But I think because you will be able to “see” the two spaces it will be fine.

What’s the name of the space? Maybe you can find a website or some pics on Flickr!

Post # 6
1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think the place sounds great!  I looked at a venue that actually had 3 floors, where they moved from the ceremony, downstairs to the cocktails, then to the top floor for dinner, then back downstairs for dancing and cake.  It seemed a little crazy, but they assured us that it worked really well and we talked to someone who had there wedding there before, and they loved it!  They thought that it was coordinated so well and the transitioning between floors wasn’t a problem.  This place sounds wonderful!

Post # 7
195 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Hey Corgi!

We are having our reception at this venue, also – in July.

I have yet to talk to someone who has had their wedding here, but am also anxious to hear their reviews. So I guess I can’t offer you too much yet!

Must not be awful because they are booked up (through Sept 2011 I heard?!)! People will enjoy themselves. If you have room, utelize or add more lounge seating on the first floor so people can sit and visit but not dance and still get to be near you. And with only 110 people, you’ll have plenty of room. If you’re worried about people stuck bored upstairs, maybe set up your own photo booth (camera, tripod, backdrop, props) so people have stuff to do upstairs if they want to get away from the dance floor. Its been my experience that more people don’t dance, than those that do.

Best of luck! Don’t be deterred. Its a great venue, with lots of character. We just did our tasting this week and it was delicious! πŸ™‚

Post # 8
1230 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think your venue sounds great! I am having my reception at a mansion and it has three different floors. I’m a little worried about it but not too much. I think everything will turn out really well in the end and I think your reception/ceremony will be great, too! I would definitely go for it if you like it and it sounds like it’s not too out of your budget. I wouldn’t let the two floor thing deter me if I were you.

Post # 9
1956 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

I think it will be totally fine, like Wildstyle said, people tend to follow the bride and groom…It sounds like a great bargain and a beautiful venue so I say go for it!

Post # 10
472 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010 - Ladder 15 Restaurant

Corgi, I wouldn’t worry about it!  We were going to do the same exact thing, and while that venue didn’t work out for us (just because of the location), it was such a cool place that I know we could have made it work if it had been right for us.  It sounds like you have a similar situation where you’ve found THE place, and it really doesn’t matter if it’s two floors…you’ll make it work and you’ll have a blast!

Post # 11
235 posts
Helper bee

I actually went to a wedding in a 2 floor building recently and it was lovely.  The cocktails were downstairs and then dinner upstairs around the railings.  The only problem was during the dancing after dinner.  Sometimes you would hear a great song while sitting at your table upstairs and you couldn’t get downstairs before the song ended!  There was no seating downstairs, so people were constantly going up and down when they wanted to sit.  I would suggest having some seating and maybe the the tall cocktail tables during the dance portion of the reception in the downstairs area.

Post # 14
435 posts
Helper bee

Actually I know someone who was at her wedding and the 2-floor arrangement worked out great.  In fact the person I know said she wished she could do the same thing.  Evidently people danced all night because after dinner they all went down to the dance floor.  She had her cake down there too I believe.

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