Adequate space is an indispensable element for a successful and enjoyable wedding reception.  Adequate not only in the actual up-keep, style, and functionality of the venue ….but also in the amount of space (square footage of the room).  Nothing is more frustrating than attending a wedding reception where everyone is literally squished into a room.  An event that should be enjoyable suddenly turns into pure frustration.  Everything becomes increasingly difficult and awkward.  You don’t feel like you can move at the table, when you back your chair up you slam into the person behind you because their table is way too close to yours, you don’t want to get up to use the restroom because you feel like you are inconveniencing the other guests because they actually have to slide even closer to their table in order for you to be able to get by….the list goes on and on.  It is always important to ask questions about room capacity for wedding receptions when you are visiting venues because a space that normally handles 250 people for a banquet (with round tables) will not be able to hold that same amount of guests for a wedding reception.  This is because most wedding receptions require many additional items (dance floors, cake table, head-table, gift table, bars, buffets, etc.) with the room setup.  All of these items will take up space and reduce the number of tables that will comfortably and functionally fit into that same space.  Asking the facility questions on room capacities specifically for wedding receptions is extremely important.  Depending on the venue, another potential obstacle is the dance floor.   Some reception spaces already have dance floors actually “built-in” to the room.  This can be beneficial but more often it can be restricting.  I have attended wedding receptions where the venue actually placed tables on the dance floor, and then removed them after dinner for the dance portion of the evening.  I personally find this to be very tacky and disruptive to the evening.  It can also be detrimental by restricting the couple’s opportunity to be creative with their room setup because they will have to work around that existing dance floor.  Here at the Sioux Falls Convention Center our spaces do not have existing dance floors, however we provide a beautiful parquet “customizable” dance floors for your reception as a part of your package!  The floor can be placed anywhere in the room you prefer, and it can be configured as you like as the pieces are 3×3 squares.  We have 100,000 square feet of versatile space so accommodating wedding receptions of all sizes is a breeze.  It is our pleasure to guide you through the process of creating the most desirable room setup for your event.  Our sales and event managers will provide professional advice and ideas for unique floor plans and a diagram drawn to scale to assist you in making these important decisions.  Give me a call today to discuss how the Sioux Falls Convention Center can offer you a plethora of room options and setups for your reception…making it an even more exceptional and personalized day!

– Jill Hericks | Sales Manager | 605-367-4156 | Sioux Falls Convention Center

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