(Closed) awkward reception layout

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We had this sort-of at my brother’s wedding and one thing we looked at was how easy/hard it was for the elderly people to get to the food/bar lines.  My brother’s wedding was outside under a covered pavillion and then some tables were up on the porch and then some were inside. So we put all the bridal party and immediate family near the bride and groom under the pavillion and then the elderly couples we put them inside so that they would be in the AC and wouldn’t have to navigate stairs and such.  Can you do something like that?

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Wow, that is tough, are you able to make a little sketch of the three rooms?  I might be able to come up with an arrangement that doesn’t make anyone feel like a “b” guest.  Usually putting the main functions (food, cake, dance floor,  head table) in a central location will make everyone feel involved, even if in a seperate room, I am just having a hard time visualizing the layout of the space! 

 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Also, do these rooms have “walls” between them, or columns, how open is the space?

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

oh that’s a tough situation. can you split the overflow guests among the 2 rooms to at least lessen how far from the action some of the people would otherwise be (as in, if you have 50 people all in one overflow room, person 50 at the far end might feel worse than if he/she were person 25 in a second overflow room–does that make sense?)?

also, do you have any close friends who would be willing to sit in the overflow rooms so that the overflow rooms seem more “important”?

it’s one of those situations that you can only do so much about, and that’s okay. when you’re mingling and working all the rooms, people will appreciate that. and then after dinner people are moving about anyway so it won’t matter as much where they are seated.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

that is really tough…but Blisting is something you are doing by force and not by choice, and once you work out the B list people, then you can worry about the others as you progress on your list. have you considered maybe lessening your guest list?

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Wow, that is tough… I guess my solution would be to put the elderly closer to the food and the drinkers closer to the bar.  It’s too bad there isn’t somewhere you can stand that everyone will see you!  Hopefully there is at least a good sound system so that everyone can hear you!

And you are allowed to care about it, it’s your day!  Mom’s always try to over simplify…

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

That’s actually one of the reasons we didn’t pick Branford House (though, as it turns out, our guest list is small enough now that we probably would all fit in the middle room.)  It’s a tough one.  The good news is that you can probably convince friends (especially guy friends) that being close to the bar is a good thing. 🙂

What are you doing with the sculpture in the fireplace?  (I was thinking… drape that sucker over! and add flowers!  It’s not horrible, but not my favorite.)

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