Few things are worse than attending a party that doesn’t have enough space for everyone. The general din is similar to listening to a high school band warm up – many intermingling sounds with no harmony. The temperature is like the surface of the sun due to all the other 98.6 degree heaters running around the place. Forget about a drink from the bar – you might as well be standing in line for a seven dollar 500″ TV from Best Buy on black friday.
But do you know what is worse than too little space at a party? Too much space at a party. Feeling like you are rattling around in a large space = party killer. We call it the nightclub effect.
Nobody stays at an empty club. When you walk into a club, dressed up, ready to have a good time – people need to be around to appreciate your being awesome. Walking in to a club too early or when it’s slow is a total downer. Being around people who are around people who are who are around people who are having a good time makes us feel popular. Everyone wants to be at the spot. At a wedding, the key is to choose the proper sized space.
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- Take into consideration the crowds that will gather. For example lines at the bar or the buffet during dinner. Allow space for lines.
- Give guests enough space to walk through. A minimum of 6′ from table to table is a good measurement. That allows for the chairs and an aisle. Don’t give it too much space however – keep it in the 6-8′ range.
- If a space is too large, use pipe and drape to partition it off and make it more intimate.
- Ceiling height also contributes. A 40×60 room with an eight foot ceiling will feel much fuller with 100 people than the same size room with a 15 foot ceiling.
- Design the space to maximize decor dollars. Can pipe and drape be used to provide a focal backdrop and minimize the space? Can a centered dance floor take up space and unify the room design? Can a double buffet get people fed faster and fill in the floor plan?