(Closed) Need Help with reception layout!

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Draw the room to size on graph paper (there are also websites where you can do this).

Make little cutouts of the tables, and try different arrangements until you get the one you like.

Remember to leave enough room between the tables for people to push their chairs back and for guests to get through the aisles.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m not  a big fan of  seating guests in rooms where they do not feel like part of the wedding. I really can’t tell from your pics what the wall or rail between the rooms is like.

Is it possible to trim your guest list to fit the venue if you are already committed to the venue?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Have you considered rectangular tables?

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would try doing a layout in Excel!!!  You can make the cells square and use each square as a square foot…

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I have the same issue because my dance floor will be outside.  We are planning on just having some space and doing our first dance in where everyone is eating.  I was at an amazing wedding this past summer in Spain and the dance floor was on a second level, the bride and groom just danced right in front of the head table and it worked out fine.  I think you could do this with cutting of the cake too…  As far as sitting people in other rooms, I think you just need to be aware of which guests you put over there.  Really think about where you put unnecessary tables (buffet, gift table, etc) so that all the guests can ideally be sat together. 

Also, it seems from the top picture that the room sort of flows into another room (where the couches are) with a rather large opening.  I would just continue tables out into that other room, but be sure not to sit anyone behind that wall that would block their view. 

Post # 11
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Wannabee

@AlwaysLoverly:  I’m very good at arrangements, I have just had three completely different weddings in 3 years (both daughters & a friend.)  

The important thing is for all guests to see the bridal table (IF going for a formal sit down).  As was previously said, First Dance (if not too active :), cake cutting & speeches can happen in front of Bridal Table.

1. This can be acheived by arranging Bride & Groom at 45 Degree angle to both rooms with bridal party coming off both sides at what-ever-angle can fit. Place families in one room & friends in other OR Different families in each section. 

2. Can also be acheived by large mirrors placed at angle’s where the rooms join, thus allowing each side to view the other. Can be very effective.  If cannot get very large full length mirrors, than mirror tiles on a frame or surrounding a large mirror with tiles to make it bigger.

First dance is just as lovely having everyone stand and outline the dance floor with bridal couple in the centre. When arranged the others (bridal parties or parents etc) can join in.

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