Post # 1
This was never part of the original plan but once I went to visit the venue coordinator I realized that my options were limited – I slightly overestimated how much space we would have to put everything in. The initial plan was to divide the room into a ceremony side (with rows of chairs and an aisle) and then a reception side with the buffet, tables and dancefloor.
When I went in they had the tables out from a similar size wedding this weekend and I realized there was not nearly enough room for my initial plans. The coordinator seen the concern on my face and she whisked out her notepad and showed me a diagram of how we could do it… combining both components together to use up the whole room.
She suggested that at the far end of the room we set up a table for us to do the paperwork signing and in front of it would be the arch where we would get married. On both sides of the arch would be 3 large round tables which would seat 8 guests each, the aisle would be going up the middle of the tables. The tables would not be straight up and down but instead they would curve towards eachother the further away from the arch they are so that people would still be able to see the ceremony easily. The dancefloor would be able to be the area inside the tables and the arch.
I feel like some guests may be uncomfortable with sitting around round tables during the ceremony and was wondering how I could make it as comfortable as possible. I’m considering perhaps lining the chairs along the outside of the aisle but then the guests have to move their own chairs back to the tables… or maybe before guests arive make sure all of the chairs are facing the correct angle so no one is twisting themselves around trying to see.
Post # 2
At my brother’s wedding, the guests sat at round tables for the ceremony and it worked out fine! It wasn’t uncomfortable at all, and people figured out to turn the chairs towards the front for the ceremony, and then move them back when the food began. Your guests are smart, they will figure it out.
Post # 3
I went to a wedding like this before. Its not a big deal to me as long as the centerpieces aren’t tall.
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2014 - Muhlhauser Barn
My wedding ended up having to be like this and honestly it worked out really well. We set up the chairs to face the area where we were getting married and everyone figured it out really quickly. Not having to shift after the ceremony really helped with keeping everything flowing well too as far as going straight into introducing the bridal party and the dinner being served.
Post # 5
IF we have to move to an indoor location for the ceremony we will have to do this.
Post # 6
I attended a wedding like this and it was not a big deal. For older guests just them at tables closer to the arch so they can hear and see better. The wedding I went to actually had everyone mic’d and the ceremony took place on a raised platform (stage) so it was very easy to see the b&g. People just turned their chairs around to face them. There were some VIP seats set up close to the stage for their immediate family. Nothing about the set up looked weird. Instead of menus at the table’s place setting the B&G created a fun facts card that doubled as a program too.
Post # 7
My ceremony was not under cover, so this was my rain backup plan. We didn’t end up needing it, but I think it would work fine!
Post # 8
My DD just got married in June and we did this at her wedding. Everyone was comfortable and there were no issues. No worries.
Post # 9
I’m so glad I saw this post. We are also having to do this at our wedding and I’m having a hard time visualizing how this is going to work. I was worried about our guests feeling cramped and uncomfortable.
Post # 10
WeddingBells2014: Barbiestylez did this! Look her up on here, she posted lots of information during her wedding planning!
Post # 11
I’ve only been to one wedding that did this, and it was really awkward.
That said, the set-up didn’t help. Picture an L shaped venue with the arch at the point of the L, and facing stright along one line. About half the guests had a “normal” view (aka looking straight at the altar.) The other had a side view, so they didn’t really see the bride at all, as the groomsmen/groom were “hiding” her from view.
It was also just distracting in general.
That said, I think it can work with simple centerpieces (and low) and a good set-up.
Post # 12
Our first venue choice had the reception room as the ceremony rain back up. The room was gorgeous with a wall of windows at a Metropark, but I wasn’t crazy about people being seated at their tables, honestly, if it rained. Well, my sweet dog ended up needing major kidney tumor surgery right at decision time- so we went with a gorgeous venue with lower deposit requirements. Garden/terrace wedding with pool/atrium rain back up. I’m happier it has a gorgeous rain backup.
Post # 13
This is my plan to avoid guests waiting in the cold while we rearrange. I have also been worried about this!
Post # 14
We are planning the same thing for our fall wedding. Having worked in the banquet/catering industry I have set a lot of weddings and meetings/seminars where the set the tables as crescent rounds. This way no one’s seat is even placed where their back would be to the ceremony.
We will stagger the tables and have everyone sitting in semi-circle/crescents around the tables. The extra space where 2 or 3 people “should” be sitting is where I will do a dramatic cascading fabric that goes along with the center piece and looks like the seating arrangement is intentionally part of the decor.