- 8 years ago
- Wedding: August 2010
My FI and I are stressed out! We’re having a cocktail reception in a tented venue, first hour will be open bar and appetizers, next 1.5 hours there will be an ongoing light buffet and another open bar later for 1 more hour. 220 guests total and 20 of them are kids. We plan to have a activity table for kids just to keep them busy in another room.
I’ve attached a layout of the venue where we plan to have tables and high tables (black circles). We want to encourage our guests to mingle and not sit down all night. So that means not everyone will have a chair but for older members of the family we are having reserved tables.We’re thinking of giving tables to families with kids as well and have our younger friends just hang out.
But really we didn’t even want to think about designated seating but afraid some people might bum rush right in and what if there aren’t places to sit for those who truly need it. We will have a few open tables if people decide they want to sit. We are also having tables and high tables just outside as well. I know that people will want to put their stuff somewhere, unfortunately there is no coatrack/storage. What if people just leave their stuff and never even sit down?
I’m a little worried about not having enough chairs inside the venue to give people that choice but it would look tacky to have chairs around the room. There’s also not enough room to use rental furniture.
We’re having a first dance, toast, parent dance, games, honeymoon dance, cake cutting and garter/bouquet toss. The reception is 4 hours total but we plan for dancing to be about 2 hours.
I’m just open to hear any feedback/suggestions about the layout or anything. I know we are risking that some people might leave early. We’ve already noted the cocktail reception on our website and invites but the “what if’s” are killing us. The venue said that they haven’t had much success with this kind of thing but we want to do something different.