Post # 1
We are having an outdoor ceremony/reception in my FMIL’s backyard. Assuming no rain, the ceremony will be in one area while the reception will be under a tent. We are expecting about 90-100. We are getting white wooden chairs that run about $3.00 a chair. I am putting bows on them for decor which add another $1.00 and time. So about $400 for chairs.
They will be set up when guests arrive for the ceremony but then will need to get taken to the tent for the reception. About a 100 foot walk so not very far.
I am thinking about asking 5-10 people to be the designated chair “transferers”. These would be the people in the wedding and a few family members and some kids. The other option would be to just have everyone take their chair to the reception area after the ceremony.
Do you think this sounds ok? I don’t really want to have two sets of chairs as that seems like such a waste of money.
If it rains….we will just hold the ceremony under the tent and everyone will sit at tables so there would be no need to worry about the chairs.
Post # 3
- 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
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
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
- 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 # 13
Thanks everyone! I feel better with just having people move them now. And I love the idea about paying a teenager to do it. We might have a few teen kids there as “valets” so I could just use them to do the chairs as well.
Post # 14
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
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
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.