(Closed) One set of chairs for both ceremony/reception?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@mtbikelover:  I think that sounds totally fine – I’ve been to weddings where the chairs have been transferred from one space to another and it worked out totally fine.

Post # 4
46230 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

For a casual backyard wedding I think this plan is acceptable. Your family and friends will not be nearly as judgemental as strangers on the internet.

If you have any teenagers on your guest list, I would, as a first option,  offer to pay them a small fee to do this for you,

Post # 5
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I think this is fine, perhaps after the ceremony you could do a receiving line where people will be distracted waiting to congratulate you and get a drink in your hand, 5 people is only 20 chairs per guy, I would enlist those brothers and groomsmen, and love the idea of teenagers doing it to earn a couple bucks (although I personally am NOT confident in the teenage boys I know to do this!) I think it is fine. I believe anyone who wants to judge you can trip over their gift on the way out!

Post # 6
9217 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I went to a wedding a few years ago where they just asked guests to move their chairs over to the tables after the ceremony, about 100 feet.  A bunch of dudes made several trips of chair moving for the older people.  It was no big deal at all.  (But our social group is very chill.)  

We’re doing the exact same thing at our relaxed backyard-esque wedding.

Post # 7
33 posts
  • Wedding: April 2013

We did this at our back-yard wedding and it was totally fine. Ours was smaller, 40 people, but when the ‘designated’ chair movers (my brother, brother-in-law, and nephew-in-law) started moving chairs, pretty much everyone grabbed the chair they were sitting in and moved them over to the tables. Totally don’t spend the money on a second and unnecessary set.

Post # 8
822 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think it’s fine.  Seems like such a waste to rent two sets of chairs.  I don’t think I had an option with mine because the cost for chairs were built in so I ended up paying for white wooden chairs that were used for maybe an hour at most and then for chameleon chairs for the reception.

Post # 9
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Sounds good to me.  I am also hoping to use 1 set of chairs for the ceremony and reception.  Will your reception be catered?  If so, see if the caterers would be willing to move the chairs (that’s what I plan to do).  Otherwise, having designated chair-movers sounds like a good idea.  I wouldn’t ask your guests to each move their own chairs, if you can avoid it.

Post # 10
1510 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I have been to quite aa few outdoor weddings that used the same chairs for both the ceremony and the reception. Most people even went with “if you sat in it for the ceremony, carry it with you to the reception tent.” and no one had a problem with it. The groomsmen carried the chairs for elderly or incapable guests. I think that is perfectly acceptable 🙂

Post # 11
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We had an indoor-outdoor venue and that’s what we did. Our venue and caterer both expected to transfer chairs from the outside ceremony space to the indoor reception space. We moved the guests to the side area for cocktail hour while the catering staff and venue staff transferred all the chairs (and my florist moved the florals). I was told by the staff that it takes less than 10 minutes to get it all done with everyone on staff pitching in. We did chivaris, which were even easier because they’re light and didn’t need collapsing/folding before moving.

Post # 12
2902 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Totally fine. I woud say it’s even a bit wasteful to rent two sets of chairs in this circumstance. That money can be spent on pretty shiny wedding things!

Post # 14
747 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We are doing the same thing! Planning on having everyone take their chair up to the tent after the ceremony while we take pictures.

Post # 15
278 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My friend did this at her wedding. They had a bunch of the menfolk do the moving during cocktail hour, and it went so smoothly that I didn’t even notice until I looked outside and the chairs were gone, hah!

Post # 16
7561 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

Totally fine! I like a PP’s idea of having some sort of standing event like a greeting line or cocktail hour so no one notices. 

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