Guests will be at tables during the ceremony?

posted 2 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
596 posts
Busy bee

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
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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
272 posts
Helper bee
  • 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
1568 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

IF we have to move to an indoor location for the ceremony we will have to do this. 

Post # 6
1627 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
1793 posts
Buzzing bee

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
7 posts

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
679 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

WeddingBells2014:  Barbiestylez did this! Look her up on here, she posted lots of information during her wedding planning!

Post # 11
2174 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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
710 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

This is my plan to avoid guests waiting in the cold while we rearrange. I have also been worried about this!

Post # 14
8 posts
  • Wedding: July 2017

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.

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