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Ideas on how to make a large space seem smaller.....

Recently I made my first intial payment in securing the spot for the reception and the only problem with it is the intial size. Are there tricks or ways to make the large space seem smaller and more inviting? I'm not having an ultra-huge wedding and it will mainly just be family and friends as guests...I don't want it to overwhelm my guests and also i dont want to look back and say "There was hardly anyone at my wedding". Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! :)
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Re: Ideas on how to make a large space seem smaller.....

  • Can you hang curtains to block off part of it? Can you cluster the tables in one area and use the other part of it as a lounge or auxiliary area?
  • You can ask to seat 8 to a table, if not then leave larger gaps between tables, and more so at the wall. You can also have a larger dance floor.
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  • JoanE2012JoanE2012 Exit 21 (Jersey!) member
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    Recently I made my first intial payment in securing the spot for the reception and the only problem with it is the intial size. Are there tricks or ways to make the large space seem smaller and more inviting? I'm not having an ultra-huge wedding and it will mainly just be family and friends as guests...I don't want it to overwhelm my guests and also i dont want to look back and say "There was hardly anyone at my wedding". Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! :)
    What does your venue suggest?  Surely you can't be the first bride to have a smaller guest list at their venue.  Perhaps they have partitions to block off part of the room?  Or maybe set up a few high top cocktail tables near the bar so people have a separate area to mingle and chat when they're not sitting down or dancing.
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  • Dreamergirl8812Dreamergirl8812 your closet member
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    Venues usually have pretty fancy lighting systems. Have the outer portions dark and the center of the room well-lit with pretty lighting. Restaurants use lighting to make your tiny little table of 2 seem really intimate in a large setting with lots of strangers around.



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  • SP29SP29 member
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    Dance floor in one area, tables in another area, and leave a small seating area somewhere with comfy chairs and a table where guests could sit and chat (best if it's further away from the DJ, but if it works, still close to the bar is good too). 
  • We had a really large room that's suppose to hold a max of 280 and we only had 120.  We left a large area for people to enter that had the present table and seating charts.  Then we had a good size dance floor and spread the tables out.  People actually commented about how they loved that there was space between the tables to spread out. 

    On the one side of the room we had some high top tables set up and the venue set up their large upholstered chairs and love seats in a conversational area in front of the fire place near the bar.  

    We also had food stations, so that took up more room.  

    In the end, it didn't seem too big at all or too empty.  I never felt cramped- it was just enough space. 

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