Post # 1
So my reception venue is small…they say 100 ppl fit but I seriously doubt it. We’re shooting for about 9 with 10 to a table. I was hoping to make things more spacious by breaking down a couple of tables after dinner. This way the dance floor can be larger. And I was thinking of adding some tall tables around one side of the dance floor in place of the large tables.
This would also help us to be able to have live music…which takes up more space than a DJ.
Anyone have experience with this? Was it awkward? I’ll probably do it whether it’s awkward or not, but I would love to know what to expect.
Post # 3
I have not experienced this, unfortunately, but two thoughts:
1) adding the tall tables is a great idea. Those are really nice for the less formal, dancing and hanging out part of the night.
2) it will likely work out much better if you can fit a whole table through the door, and break it down out of view. The waiters will already have removed most things.
Okay, also 3) see if you can get your venue/caterer/whomever to take 20 minutes and devote ALL staff to this so everything leaves at once (well, from each table) so it isn’t one or two guys making 5 trips per table.
In general, the faster and less obvious it is, the better the whole thing will go for you.
Post # 4
We had to break down only one table after dinner to make room for the dance floor, and it was awkward. The problem is that if a guest is sitting a table that gets broken down, they then have nowhere to sit, eat cake, drink coffee, rest between songs, etc… Nobody said anything to us during the reception, but afterward my mom said one of my aunts was complaining about being “kicked out” of her seat.
If you HAVE to do this, could you make those tables full of younger people/friends who would rather be on the dance floor anyway? Or maybe wait until after the cake is served? I’m sure it’s not a big enough deal for anyone to complain about to your face, but you might hear about it later. 🙂
Post # 5
@Mrs. Spring – I will definitely have it be the bridal party table (I plan to have them together with dates at a round) and either a family table or friend table. And I would definitely tell them first and find them a table to “share” with and keep their stuff. Thanks for the advice!
@monitajb – The doors as far as I remember are not extra wide. I think they would have to do it in front of people. Also…I think the table would be near the middle, which is even less convenient.
Post # 6
Good call, sarahsd! I wish I had thought ahead like that. 🙂
Post # 7
We’re planning on breaking down a few tables and opening the barn doors onto the deck once the dance party gets started (please don’t rain…) Because of the set up (and my super large bridal party) it’ll have to be regualr guest tables that get the boot BUT we’re making sure it’s younger people that won’t mind as much AND having smaller tables set up around the corner on the wrap-around deck so they can drop off purses, cameras etc or just take a break.
My wedding is before yours – I’ll let you know how it goes!!