Post # 1
First post, glad to be joining the community 🙂
Here’s the scenario:
We are having our wedding in a barn with the ceremony outdoors (on the same property) and the reception in the barn.
Do we need two sets of chairs, one for the ceremony and one for inside.. Who would move these if we only got one set?
Post # 3
If you have one set, you need to consider who will be doing the chair moving. I once went to a wedding where the guests were asked to bring their chairs inside for dinner. I thought it was odd.
Post # 4
It seems silly (and expensive!) to rent two sets of chairs… but last summer I went to a wedding and we had to move the chairs inside after. It was a little strange, but it could probably work better in your situation if you had designated people to move the chairs inside while you and your new husband directed the guests to a receiving line..
Post # 5
we are planning to move chairs since they come free with our venue and we would have to rent a second set all for a half hour of use. We are planning for it to be one of the ushers (and a few teenage boy cousins) tasks to bring them all inside after the ceremony. For us it is a matter of from the terace to the inside so not a big deal.
Post # 6
The staff at our venue (hotel ballroom) took the chairs we rent from our ceremony and reassembled them into the dining room during cocktail hour. we made sure they used the service entrances and the sides so it wouldn’t be a distraction for the guests. If you have staff at your venue, ask if they are able to move the chairs from ceremony to reception for you. Chairs can be expensive to rent, so definitely try to avoid doubling up on costs!
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
You’re in almost the EXACT same situation as me! We’re having the ceremony outdoors and then the reception in a tent about 20 yards away…Our caterer said that she could have a few of her servers move the chairs during cocktail hour so we didn’t have to rent out two sets…Can you ask your venue if they can offer some help with moving them? Personally, I would try to avoid renting two sets if you can…Another option, which someone mentioned, is to enlist a few friends to help move them right after the ceremony…
Post # 8
We were just having this conversation last night! We have to rent chairs for our outdoor ceremony in a park, but then have to rent chair covers and sashes for the not so cute chairs at our venue right next door. For the price I could have pretty much just rented one set of Chivari chairs! And then told everyone to take their chair with them…which would have been awkward. Still bums me out though. But if your caterer would move them for you, that would be great!
Post # 9
Both fortunately and unfortunately, we are self-catering for budgeting reasons.
It is at a refurbished barn in a county park, so I don’t think they’ll have “staff” on hand.
I think we might ask the ushers, that sounds like the best option to me!
Thanks for all the replies!
Post # 10
I am in this exact same dilemma… I think we’re just gonna have to go with asking cousins and close friends to do it as discretely as possible immediately after the ceremony.