Post # 1
I need help figuring out how to setup my wedding seating. We are having the ceremony and reception in the same room and, while the majority of guests will be seated at their tables during the ceremony, immediate family will sit in two rows of chairs closest to us. This includes parents, grandparents, siblings, and their spouses. I stole this setup from my fiancé’s dad’s wedding because it worked well for him and we are on a budget that doesn’t allow for separate spaces. The problem I’m having is that his guest list was very small (with it being the second marriage for both of them) so there was room to have empty tables in the back for the guests who sat in chairs up front for the ceremony to move to. My space does not allow for this option. This would be the space during the ceremony:
I know that it isn’t good to have guests wait while you move stuff around when there is nowhere for them to go. However, I thought maybe it would be ok to have just the folks up front wait while two or three tables are quickly added to the rest. This is what it would end up looking like:
At the same time, we are not having a sit down dinner just light refreshments-fruit platter, cheese platter, dessert table, etc. That combined with the “game room” we’ll have set up in the open parlor area (our families LOVE board/card games) had me thinking that tables weren’t necessary for everyone. Of course I’d a place for everyone to sit but I thought maybe we could just move the chairs immediate family used up against the wall prom style.
I feel like there are too many options but none sound like the perfect one. Help!!!
This topic was modified 2 years, 6 months ago by Oleander16. Reason: Pics didn't show up
Post # 2
Can you ditch th game tables and have the ceremony in front of the fireplace? Then move the game tables back in place after the ceremony?
Post # 3
Horseradish: I was thinking the same thing!
Post # 4
Horseradish: That would be so pretty but there is a random pole right in front of the fireplace
Post # 5
Oleander16: I would just quickly add tables to the rest. What is happening right after your ceremony? drinks? food? People will likely be mingling right afterwards. And if the people without a table are your VIPs, maybe you can just give them a heads up that the tables will be put in afterwards and to hold tight.
If you’re doing photos after your ceremony, you might not even have an issue since parents/siblings/etc will be in your photos.
Post # 6
Oleander16: Place three fully set up tables in the games area. Place the game tables outside those doors.
After the ceremony the staff can simply move the tables up towards the area where the ceremony took place and circle them with chairs.
Then bring the games tables in and set them up.
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kb7: I did not even think about the fact that they’d probably be busy taking photos with us. Good point! With it being such close family members I’m sure they’d be fine waiting, I just was trying to take the least disruptive route possible. I’m not sure the exact order of events just yet. It is a dry wedding for budget reasons so no drinks/cocktail hour.
julies1949: I may do that for the table that will be put closest to the game room but I’m not 100% sure we could do it exaclty how you suggested because our videographer is using the patio to set up an interview space for guests. I don’t know how much of the patio he’ll need but then again, it is only two tables…. If we can’t do it exactly your way, maybe those other two tables can be set up on the dance floor and brought around?
This is hard to do in theory since I’m not sure if there’ll be enough space to get by other tables. It makes me feel like a football coach drawing up a play.