Carrying your chair from ceremony to reception?? Weird or common?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Never heard of this aNd I’d find it very odd. if the venue won’t move them, i would rent outside chairs so you don’t have to move them at all.

Post # 4
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I don’t think having guests do that in heels (or dress shoes) is a good idea. 

Can the venue staff do it?  Might be worth paying for it or giving them extra tip.

Post # 5
2174 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I think it’s weird. I’d be annoyed if I were in heels and a dress and had to move furniture for someone else’s party.

Post # 6
142 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@AirForceWife78:  I had to do this at the last wedding I was at.  I wasn’t entirely shocked by it because I’ve seen it happen on TV before!  However, I still thought kind of negatively of it, to be honest.  I was also surprised to hear other guests comment on it at well, in a negative way, because it was a fairly casual affair to begin with.  Some guests were having to carry a lot of chairs to compensate for younger/older guests.  It also created quite the bottleneck moving into the reception space.

Post # 7
451 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I think either option is fine – how many groomsmen do you have to move 250 chairs? 20ft is pretty much nothing, and others can help those who have a tough time. Can the staff move them?

ETA: now that I think about it, I think I would think it was a little odd, but I’m not one to care about carrying a chair in heels and a dress so would do it. Also depends on the type of chair. Ours are heavy and awkward to carry so would be inconveniencing

Post # 8
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Very weird. I wouldn’t want to inconvenience guests in heels, older guests, etc. Very awkward

Post # 9
1592 posts
Bumble bee

@AirForceWife78:  I would ask groomsmen and/or hire a couple of high school nephew / ushers to do it.  I don’t think women all dressed up in heels really want to schlep chairs around (not that they couldn’t – but I’d imagine a lot of comments made)

Post # 10
4698 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

People need to be less prissy, it’s no big deal. My cousin’s wedding had that and not a single person cared or complained, even in gossip. Younger folks helped older folks, strong guys grabbed an extra chair for those around them, but it’s not like they were heavy or anything. 20 feet is not very far. Anyone who actually thinks this is whine-worthy needs some perspective.

Post # 11
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I think it’s best to get about 10 people to move the chairs.  Everyone moving a chair tends to get crowded, and some people wouldn’t be able to do so anyway.

Post # 12
601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

20 ft isn’t far at all – so I wouldn’t complain. I’d find it odd, but it would be no big deal.


Post # 13
2247 posts
Buzzing bee

Personally, I find it ‘wrong’ to ask your guests to do this. Having the groomsmen move them would a much better option.

Post # 14
6678 posts
Bee Keeper

I’ve been to dozens of weddings and this would be a brand new one in my experience. I would try to figure  out another way, if possible.  

Post # 15
8483 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’d find it weird because I’ve never been to a wedding where I had to move my chair.  For 20 ft…I wouldn’t mind really, that is hardly anything.  Older guests might though.  But I would still try to see if there was any other option as far as having someone else move them.  Can you venue just charge for a venue re-set?

Post # 16
2132 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I’d think it’s a bit odd, but that it’s really not a big deal to me, especially over a short distance

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