Just because you will host a large wedding in a large ballroom doesn't mean you can't make it feel intimate. Achieve this effect with clever use of your layout and décor choices. Not sure how to do this? Here are five tricks any couple can try.
1. Mix Up the Tables
Soften the look and feel of the room by avoiding large masses of identical tables and groupings. Rather than a single long row of banquet tables that emphasizes size and leaves lots of empty space, use soft round tables and clustered square ones. Mix up the angles and placements to make them feel organic and comfortable.
2. Add Conversation Groupings
Conversation clusters encourage guests to gather in smaller groups and enjoy each other's company or get to know their fellow guests. Groupings made of lounges, coffee tables, love seats, and upholstered chairs are cozy. And that coziness creates a sense of being alone in the larger space.
3. Don't Spread Out Too Much
When faced with a large empty room, many couples spread out all the various party elements equally throughout the room. But if you cluster these in smaller proportions — such as clustering tables nearer the dance floor and leaving more space between them and the door — people perceive the party as more intimate and smaller even though there is open room beyond it. They travel less distance between party elements and are closer to their fellow guests.
4. Use Larger Décor Elements
Large decorative features help fill up a large space and shrink it down visually. Big individual décor items like trees and other greenery, chandeliers hung from the ceiling, oversize letters, or tall flower centerpieces keep the viewer's eye on close items and avoid leaving vast areas feeling empty or under-decorated.
5. Add Food and Drink Stations
The extra space in a ballroom gives you the opportunity to spread out the food and beverage locations for guests' convenience. Place several smaller food and drink stations around the room rather than putting out only one large table. When a guest wants a refill of wine or some appetizers, they won't have to cross the entire room and feel how far away everything is.
When you use any of these tricks to make your ballroom feel cozy and personal, the result will be a small wedding even when the guest list and venue are large. Get more ideas by consulting with the staff at a wedding ballroom in your area today.