Post # 16
I picked the first one: evening ballroom. You can dance on the patio or simply move tables to create a dance floor. Unfortunately I really don’t think people will dance during an afternoon wedding… so for me it would come down to the time slot: evening vs afternoon. Always pick evening if you want people to dance. Just my opinion.
If you only have 50 guests I reccommend you look into renting out a nice resturaunt ! Depending where you live there could be some great options.
Post # 17
I think with only 50 guests you would still have some room in the smaller room. With 10 to a table (the norm) that’s only 5 tables. Or you could do a few long tables with seating on each side near the walls.
Post # 18
I voted smaller as well. Get rid of the cake table and put the guest tables closer together. If you play with the floor plan I believe you can make space for the dance floor.
Post # 19
Evening reception and set up the dance floor and DJ on the patio!
Post # 20
Does the smaller option just not have a dance floor or is there actually no room to dance?
in the set up pictured, there seems to be some room in the middle of the room (which would be a natural place to dance) – is there a way to play with the set up of the tables to create a bit of room?
I didnt have a “dance floor” but there was space to dance and people danced! But you could rent one as well
Post # 21
for the evening option could they reposition the seating so the tables form a large square with more room for dancing in the middle? That’s what we did and it was fabulous.
Post # 22
Could the tables be moved after dinner for dancing?
Post # 23
1. You have 50 people. How big of a dance floor do you really need? I would think a small dance floor would be plenty. That first room looks big enough to accommodate a small one if you’re allowed to rent one.
2. You have 50 people. Are they 50 people who really enjoy dancing? What is the makeup of your crowd? Honestly, every small wedding I’ve attended (crowd of 50 or less) just never really materialized with the dancing. When your wedding is that small, it is usually immediate family and a couple close friends from both sides (25 people per “side” isn’t really a lot unless you have very tiny families) so unless both families are just super into dancing no matter the occasion that crowd make up just usually doesn’t lend itself to a whole lot of people dancing. There’s usually a few couples who maybe slow dance every now and again and then any kids who are just burning off energy. Weddings this size just tend to lend themselves to a more mingling than dance party atmosphere. But you know your crowd best.
3. Afternoon weddings don’t lend themselves much to dancing unless you have a super outgoing crowd that already loves dancing. Many people feel a little self-conscious and don’t get into the dancing mood without a few drinks and people tend to drink less at afternoon weddings. So a bigger dance floor in the afternoon may not be that important anyway.
Again, your crowd may be different but this has been my experience both attending weddings and bartending/waiting tables at probably 50-75 weddings of all sizes.
I guess what I’m saying is I really don’t think dance floor is going to be a make or break item for you either way so I would not base your decision on that. I would base it on what day/time is most convenient for you and your family.
Post # 24
Can you change the date in order to get the 2nd venue (with the dance floor), but for night?
Post # 25
this is what i was going to suggest. I’ve been to weddings where they move tables to make room for dancing. Maybe you can have some hightops set up around the perimeter for people to store their stuff.