(Closed) Venue with a terrace a distraction during wedding?

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Commenting because I have a similar situation 🙂 

Post # 4
957 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@rel318:  I went to one that sounds exactly how you describe. Everyone came inside for dinner and dancing and only a few went outside to smoke cigars later in the evening. It was 90+ degrees outside (even at 10 pm) so I think that kept people inside as well.

Post # 5
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Was at a wedding with a similar set up and did not notice any problems. People would go out to cool down, get some fresh air and chat. So long as you let people know when things are happening its a great thing to have.

Post # 6
4062 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Bookaholic:  that’s what happened at my wedding. People went outside to cool off, chat a bit, and then came back in. there was no lack of dancing from anyone!

Post # 7
10385 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

It depends on the weather and the time of year, but I think it’s a justified concern.  I’ve attended functions where people where dispersed because of adjoining spaces and it really, really affected the cohesiveness and energy of the party. 

Post # 8
2945 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We have an outdoor patio area for our wedding.  We are actually loving the idea of it, as it gives us a place to disappear too, and guests who dont’ like loud music a place to get out. 

I would say that if you are having a dinner indoors, most people will be indoors with the party.  🙂

Post # 9
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I was recently at a venue with a terrace in late August, and people who wanted to talk quietly/have a cig/whatever went outside for like 15 minutes, but most people stayed inside the whole time!

Post # 10
2389 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think it sounds ideal!  I could go out there and have a drink during the boring parts! 😉

Post # 11
1301 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I was at a wedding in October where there was a beautiful terrace overlooking the mountains.  When we first went into the ballroom people went out there to have a look and take some pictures, but the rest of the night everyone was inside dancing and having a good time.  I don’t think you have anything to worry about!  Plus, if some guests aren’t that into loud music or partying, they’ll have a place to go and enjoy themselves.

Post # 12
733 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We have a terrace at our venue overlooking a vineyard, and I’ve also been to a number of weddings that were indoors and also had an adjoining terrace or patio area and it has never been a problem. As some of the PP mentioned, it provides a nice area for guests to step away if they want to get some fresh air, have a conversation, or are too hot on the dance floor and need a break. I’ve never seen a case where everyone migrated outside rather than dance, but I suppose it could be a possibility. I’m definitely not worried about it though!

Post # 14
384 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@MrsP0801:  same for us! Our ceremony and reception are also at a country club!

Post # 15
5660 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve been to a few indoor/outdoor venue’s for weddings and I’ve never noticed any issues. You call everyone inside for dinner, and after dinner and the events etc, during the dancing they tend to drift in and out to cool off and that’s about the extent of it.

Post # 16
1024 posts
Bumble bee

Our venue had a large patio right outside, and while people did enjoy it, they were inside for the food which is when the speeches/’events’ happened, so they didn’t miss them.
I think it’s great when there’s an outdoor space available at weddings – always nice to have the option of getting some fresh air!

We also had bubbles for the kids (and ‘big kids’, heh) to play with outside:

^ That’s mah hubbs.

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