Post # 1
So I’ve finally decided on a venue but I’m having some last minute worries. We will be getting married in the same room as the reception and while the room is flipped our guests will go to another room for cocktail hour. Where we are from, this is not the norm. Our families are used to long church weddings, 2 hour gaps, arriving to a hall and still waiting an 1 for things to start. I think they will really appreciate the smooth transition; however, I am worried that they will be upset regarding the lack of seating. The cocktail hour room will include high tops and more than enough seating for those who truly cannot stand for an hour (elderly, disabled, ect..). There are several couches throughout the space and I will add as many chairs as I can but there isn’t room to add a ton. There will be light appetizers, cheese places and vegetables and the bar will be open. This may seem like a silly thing to worry about but my family will ALWAYS find something to be offended by.
Essentially, do you think that even thought they are not used to this set up they will understand that they are to mingle and not to sit and be okay with the situation?
Post # 2
I really wouldn’t stress over it. You said yourself they will find SOMETHING to be offended by, so try to prevent the inevitable? Just do the best you can, and they can deal. Your idea of a cocktail hour seems pretty normal to me.
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2014 - Prague
This sounds totally fine. Stop stressing!
Post # 4
If your family will ALWAYS find something to be offended by, then your anxiety is a total waste of energy. No matter what you choose, someone will complain about something.
Your plans are perfectly acceptable.
Post # 5
My venue had all of the tables ready for seating during cocktail hour, and everyone stood around in the open areas for it anyway. People actually want to use that time to meander and socialize rather than plant in their seats. Don’t worry about it.
Post # 6
Thanks you guys so much, reading my post I know it sounds reasonable, it’s just hard around here to break away from what people will expect your wedding to be like.
Post # 7
Sounds lovely and pretty darn similar to my situation!