Post # 1
My venue typically puts out a bunch of high top tables for cocktail hour. I have asked that some low tops with chairs be placed around the room for older guests. I am worried everyone will rush the chairs!
What are you doing/ have you done / do you like? More places for guests to sit or are high tops perfectly fine for cocktail hour?
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
A very few seats for the elderly and mostly high tops. We attended a wedding this summer with a ton of low tables that seated 8 people each and only one was occupied with the grandparents, they took up too much room, blocked the bar, most people are up and visiting during this time IMO.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
We had seating available for about 40% of guests during cocktail hour. Generally people didn’t take a seat and stay there the entire time. They sat and chatted/munched/drank for a bit, then moved to another group of people in another section. It was very free flow.
Post # 5
People sit for the ceremony, they sit for dinner, I know I personally like to alternate in life between sitting and standing lol. During cocktail hours people like to mill around and catch up with people and gossip about the ceremony hehe
Post # 6
I’d get enough seats for the older people, plus a few extras, and let the rest stand or use the high tops. Cocktail hour is usually a socialization time, so people will be standing and talking a lot.
Post # 7
We had 4 low tables, so 16 chairs. We also had 4 high tops – it seemed to work out great. I think people generally like to mingle during that time anyway. It probably helped that the cocktail hour was near some planters also, so people could sit on those too, if they wanted 🙂
Post # 8
I think as long as you have some chairs and low tables for the older folks, the younger/able-bodied won’t bum rush the chairs because cocktail hour is for mingling anyway. I’ve never seen a cocktail hour where the chairs were taken up by anyone other than the over-70 set.
Post # 9
I think most people will be milling around talking to each other. I attended a wedding earlier this year where cocktail hour was where dinner was. So we all had tables and seats but 90% of people just stood around and talked.