Post # 1
Would you be weirded out if you went to a reception where one room was for the sit down dinner and the other had the dancefloor?
Our budget is only allowing us a quaint local, small hotel for the reception. With 205 people, they can not have a dancefloor in the ballroom so they offered us use of the restaurant. I would decorate it and make it almost a “club”. What do you Bees thinks?
Post # 3
Well I hope it works because that is pretty much what we’re doing. We’re having dinner upstairs in the restaurant (130 people) and then downstairs for the dancing and cocktailing.
Post # 4
I think it’s totally fine! We are going to have dinner and dancing in 2 separate, adjoining spaces. Dancing in an atrium and dinner set up in a ballroom right off of the atrium. It’s nice that older guests or those who want to take some time away from the music and dancing can move to a calmer place to chat and relax.
Post # 5
Actually I’ve only ever been to weddings where they’ve used more than one room! I think it works really nicely so I’m all for it.
Post # 6
Not strange at all – actually more comfortable.
Our venue has the Great Hall where cocktails and dancing will take place. Dinner will be held in the dining room. It’s nice, because if some people don’t want to dance they can stay in the dining room where the music won’t be nearly as loud.
A couple things to keep in mind:
-make sure there is seating available in the dance area – people may want to feel a part of things, but not want to dance, so ample seating is a necessity
-make sure you pass this by your DJ as he/she will need to set up additional speakers so that your music can be heard in both rooms
Post # 7
Go for it! hergreenapples gave you some great advice!
Post # 8
I’m actually having the reception downstairs and dancing upstairs, so i think (hope!) its okay to do! I think it will be fun having the different levels. Actually in my case we rented out the whole place.
Post # 9
I would like that. Loud music gives me a headache (I’m only 27 but i’m an old woman!) so it would be nice to have a choice where I go, I normally have to escape to the lobby or something at weddings. It’s probably nice for the older people too. But you do risk the chance that people will be lazy, sit in the one room, and not dance.
Post # 10
We’re doing kind of the same thing. We’re having a tent outside for dinner tables and having everyone move inside for dancing. The venue is a yacht club and neither space is big enough for both dinner & dancing.
Post # 11
I think it’s perfect! We’re not doing it because we have plenty of room but I think it totally makes sense. Plus, they can sort of clean up the food while everyone’s out there getting funky. 🙂
Post # 12
I hate to write this, but my cousin did this at her wedding and NObody danced. Everyone stuck closer to the bar and the tables and the dance room was completely empty. It was sad 🙁
Post # 13
I’m doing the same thing! I also went to a wedding last weekend where dancing and dinner were in adjoining rooms. I thought it was nice, because you didn’t feel like the people sitting in chairs were staring at you as you danced, and people who did not want to dance had a quieter room to sit in where they did not have to shout over the dance music.
Post # 14
I don’t want to sound like a party pooper, but I went to a wedding like this at an amazing location and it was the worst. The next year went to one at the same venue and had the same experience. Everyone was discussing it at my table how strange it was. No one really danced at all and lots of people left early.
Post # 15
Our venue is a historic mansion so no one room is that huge. Our ceremony is in the drawing room, the cocktail hour is based out of the library but also in other room of the house, and then dinner is in the atrium with dancing in the adjoining ballroom. I’ve been to another wedding with the same layout and it was great. I guess it does partially depend on your guests and your band/dj though (and their ability to get people up and dance). I know our friends will be up dancing a lot and my parents’ friends are huge dancers (they all used to take swing dancing classes together when they became empty nesters, it was so cute), so I’m not worried at all.
Post # 16
We sort of did this; the dining area was outdoors and the dancing area was immediately indoors through a wide doorway. I agree with the comment about having seating in the dance area; we didn’t really do that (we did have cocktail tables though) and I didn’t think about it until someone told me how happy they were that they were able to find some seating (coincidentally) where they could sit and watch the dance floor.
I think it could be awkward if they’re too far apart from each other, but as long as they’re close it should be fine. Especially with so many people, I would think many would make it onto the dance floor.