Post # 1
My guest list is quite large. I figure to have everyone comfortably seated (not too many people at a table, not too many tables in a small area) I may need to extend some tables into the second ballroom attached to the main ballroom.
I have been to a wedding where two attached rooms were utilized for seating. It was a little weird, but the head table was in the smaller room!
Here is the layout, there are some big doors that open up between rooms.
What are your thoughts on this set up? Maybe it would be best to fit everyone into the main (upper) ballroom?? I don’t want guests to feel left out or not ‘special’ if they are put in the second room.
Post # 3
I went to a wedding where people were placed in 2 connecting rooms like this… I was not a fan of it. I was luckily in the main room by the dance floor, but the people in the “other” room could not hear the music/speeches that well and felt excluded
Post # 4
@Monkey786: oh dear, just what I want to avoid.
Any solutions, alternative ideas?
Post # 5
I saw that once on an episode of My Fair Wedding with David Tutera. The bride had two rooms for her reception, since both were small, and he said it takes away from the party vibe, and the intimate feeling of being a part of a wedding. Also, whomever is seated in the room opposite the B&G may feel slighted.
Post # 6
@MsTargaryen: if you have other options, i would definitely entertain those ideas. i don’t think it would be a good idea to put some of your guests in another room. it’s unfortunate that those doors don’t slide all the way open to make it one big room. what about the upper ballroom you mentioned? will everyone fit there? layout??
Post # 7
I once was seated in another room at a wedding and it was horrible.We left after we ate.
Post # 8
Any way of having the dancing in the room with the ceremony space, and putting tables in the area where the dance floor is? You could put some smaller cocktail tables in there if you wanted people to have the option of lounging in the same area as the dancing. I’d have to agree that I’d be annoyed to be seated in the “other” room (even when I was a kid this annoyed me, so maybe I’m just easily irritated…).
Post # 9
@Frog E.: exactly what I was going to suggest. Leave the big room for guests and the small one for bar, dancing, etc
Post # 10
Once I was at a wedding where a few tables of young people were placed in the dance floor. After dinner, our tables were collapsed and we danced the night away. It was easy! Would that type of set up help you at all?
Post # 11
I would probably set up the smaller room as a bar/dancing/lounge area.
Post # 12
I’m having the same problem!!
Post # 13
Have you thought of setting up long tables instead of smaller ones? This could be a solution.
I attended a wedding where the people in the second room left as soon as they ate. No one really even noticed them leave, was pretty sad.
Post # 14
@toastymama that is a really good suggestion! I am determined to fit my guest all in the ballroom with the main dance floor.
I wouldn’t mind putting tables over the dance floor if we could have them easily removed after dinner.
But I really don’t want to leave guests out or make them feel 2nd rate by having a few tables set up in the secondary ballroom! Especially after reading these bees’ experiences
Post # 15
@MsTargaryen: I went to a wedding like that once, and I thought it was no big deal. I’m having a similar problem, where our venue has indoor/outdoor use. (It’s a small schoolhouse). Basically some people will fit inside (about 100) and the rest (maybe 40-50) will sit outside. They’ll only be there for dinner (maybe an hour) and those seated outside will be by the bar and the dance floor and the DJ, so it’ll be fine.
Post # 16
@ninjachc: What happens if it rains?