Post # 1
The ceremony and reception will be in the same space, and will be flipped while the guests are in another area for cocktail hour.
We have 20 round tables with 160 chairs, plus a head table that will need to be set up for the reception.
My mom wants to have all the tables already set, and pushed up against the walls of the space while we have the chairs set up for the ceremony. My problem is that if we do this, I feel like the space will be really cramped and the aisle will also be kind of tight and I won’t be able to do any aisle decor.
Is it possible to have the tables completely set up during the cocktail hour, so we can store them elsewhere and have more room during the ceremony? We are doing a buffet, so our table decor is basically going to include:
-Floor length tablecloth
-Centerpiece (using silk flowers, so they will already be put together)
-Napkins (will be pre-folded)
We have about 5 people who are going to help flip the room, and I feel like an hour should be plenty of time to set this up. Am I crazy, or should I just leave them already set up against the walls?
If you had your space flipped, how long did it take? Show me your before & afters!
Post # 3
Here is a picture of another wedding at my venue, for reference!
Post # 4
When I was shopping for a venue, I stopped by a few places that were setting up for evening winter weddings and most of them had the tables set up and lined up against the walls. The chairs were in place for the ceremony. There was enough room for the tables and chairs in the venue without feeling cramped. Personally I thought it looked odd and not like something I wanted for my wedding. But it worked. I think the tables should be set up and pushed against the wall so it’s less work for the people flipping the room.
Post # 5
@TaurianDoll: I don’t really want that for my wedding either, which is why I’m wondering how long it may take to completely set up! I just think it will look odd too!
Post # 6
That’s a lot of tables to do completely from scratch in a short period of time. What does the venue suggest?
Post # 7
@MissCountryGirl727: I agree with not wanting to have tables around the room when you have your ceremony. It’s so distracting and takes away from the romance of the cere,ony. However, 1 hour is really tight for 5 people hauling everything in and setting up. Either extend the cocktail hour by at least 30 minutes or add 2 more people to help set up. Also, you may be able to have the head table already set up and hidden somewhere on the stage, just to save a little more time.
Post # 8
@ItWasntMe: The venue suggests that we already have them set up. The venue does not provide any help whatsoever in setting up anything.
@amethystJCM: I’m not sure as of right now exactly how many people are committed to helping flip the room. We are going to have the ceremony up on the stage, and the head table will already be set up behind the curtain. The cocktail hour can be extended though…maybe that’s an option.
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
We had to do it when rain moved our ceremony inside. The only hitch was that tables are in the pictures of us walking from the door into the room to the aisle.
Immediately after, I was bummed out about it. A year later, I don’t care.
You imagine your guests will think things that they really won’t. And if they do get stirred up by this, they are missing the point of joining you two on your big day. Don’t worry about those people. 🙂
Post # 10
my room was flipped and i was impressed. it’s not something that i was too thrilled about initially but the venue staff reassured me that they do it all of the time. we had our cocktail hour in the adjoining room and they closed the sliding doors while they set up the room. they did everything from scratch and didn’t take them long at all. only 6 tables. in fact they were done well before the cocktail hour finished.
i think good staff and enough bodies is the key.
Post # 11
My venue will be flipping the room also. My venue said they do it all the time but the things to consider are that the vendors will only have an hour to decorate. Sounds like you have that all squared away though. I’m nervous about it too but it will all work out!