Post # 1
What are your thoughts on using the same chairs for the ceremony and reception? As in- when the ceremony is finished, moving all those chairs inside to the reception tables?
My ceremony and reception are at the same location. The ceremony is outside on the brick patio that is directly out the door from the reception hall. The hall comes with banquet chairs which I was originally planning on using and renting chair covers/sashes for which would be 2.75/chair. I was going to rent the cheap plastic folding chairs for the ceremony outside, but.. I really, really don’t like them. They are 1.75/chair. I really want to rent the pretty white wooden garden chairs, but they are 3.25/chair. So.. I can’t really justify spending that extra money just because I am that fussy about what kind of white chairs I have.
After looking at photos, I decided I really like the look of the white wooden chairs inside for the reception over chair covers w/ sashes. I don’t want to rent seperate chairs for both.. so do you think it would be a huge pain in the butt to move the chairs inside for the reception after the ceremony? We’re having a cocktail hour after the ceremony.. and I wasn’t originally planning on having a receiving line, BUT, I figured if we did the chair swapping thing we could have a receiving line and by the time everyone has gotten through it, gotten a drink, and is ready to sit down the chairs will be ready.
And it’s so silly.. but I’m mostly worried about not having a good shot of the hall with everything set up because the chairs won’t be set up until basically everyones sitting in them.
And.. yes I clearly have way too much time on my hands.. I know this question is a little ridiculous.
Post # 3
I wouldn’t want to spend the extra either, only question is Who is going to move them? Once you figure that out, I think that it would be fine as long as you have enough people to move the amount of chairs quickly enough without taking them away from enjoying themselves also.
Post # 4
@tksjewelry: Finding someone to move the chairs won’t be an issue- I have lots of guy friends and brothers that would be more than happy to move chairs than stand and wait for the receiving line.
Post # 5
@junehearts: Then I would go for it. Why put out that much extra if you don’t have too.
Post # 6
I don’t think you necessarily even need to do a receiving line. Don’t forget that it will only take the first guests less than 5 minutes to go through a receiving line.
Why not just have a cocktail hour on the patio? You can rope off the entrance to the hall. There is usually more than one entrance to the hall- the guys can use the second entrance to set up the chairs. They can let the photographer and you know when they are done so you can gets some shots of the reception area before your guests enter.
Post # 7
We did this. Our ceremony was on the first floor, the reception on the second. After the ceremony, a small announcement was made about the chairs, and once the bridal party cleared out, the chairs went up right before the guests. Then, while they got something to drink, found their placecard and table, the chairs were arranged. We let our ushers and Groomsmen know beforehand, and they grabbed a bunch of chairs and took them up the back way (that way, any older guests could sit down while waiting).
No one complained to my knowledge, and it worked out for us. OH, and we got white plastic light weight chairs, so it was easy for each guy to grab 4-6 chairs at a time (plus, our other friends helped pick up chairs as well)
Post # 8
Thanks for the input- I am going to go with using the one set of chairs I love for both ceremony and reception!
Post # 9
I used the same chairs, our caterers moved them during the cocktail hour. But our ceremony wasn’t outside, moving them was pretty easy.
Post # 10
I’m doing it. It’ll just be a lot cheaper route for me to go. After the ceremony and while everyone is enjoying cocktail hour the chairs will be moved. I don’t see them taking more than 20 minutes to accomplish this
Post # 11
We rented 150 chairs for our wedding and didn’t want to have our volunteers scramble to get all the chairs in the hall once the ceremony was over. We put 10 chairs on each side with a sign hanging on the back row of chairs saying “Reserved for our guests unable to sit through the ceremony”. With a 10 minute ceremony we figured that people could stand for that long and those unable to, there were chairs. If for some reason the chairs filled up quickly another few could be set up without a problem. I didn’t hear from any of our guests that it was an issue, maybe it was because we opened up the bar before the ceremony began … haha!!!