(Closed) Removing dinner tables so people can dance!

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
5148 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Where are your guests going to sit after the tables are removed?

Post # 4
18645 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Are you removing all the tables?  Not everyone likes to dance, I really don’t like dancing and only danced the first dance at my own wedidng.

Post # 5
689 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My best friend go married last summer. She did the same thing, and it worked just fine. She just placed chairs around the wall to give people a place to sit when they wanted to sit down for a little while. No one said a thing about the transition! It is totally doable! Good luck and congrats!

Post # 8
1046 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’m all for receptions with alternate seating arrangements–for example, we are doing cocktail style seating at our reception. However, with your wedding, I worry that if you’ve assigned people tables and then they are sitting there for a while, they’re going to feel annoyed that you’ve decided to take away “their space.” They had a spot they were enjoying sitting, where they could leave their purse, etc and then all of a sudden their space is gone.

We’re putting our buffet on the dance floor to save space and to give access on both sides–would this be a space saving option for you? I would try to find ways to make everything fit without having to displace only certain people.

Post # 10
571 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

My wedding was supposed to be outdoors, early October in CA…well it turned cold the night before my wedding so we had to move the reception part inside. I almost had a melt down at the thought of removing some tables, but on the day of the staff did everything seamlessly, I barely noticed….it all worked out fine.  Don’t worry!  I worried for nothing the day before at the rehearsal…

Post # 11
9056 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

We potentially would have had to do this, removing two tables.  I put a table of people who love to dance, with the next table full of people they knew, and a table of people I “knew” would leave right after dinner nearest the dance floor and left the chairs.  That way the dancers could squeeze in with the next table when they needed a rest. 

I ended up not having to sacrifice the tables, as the spot was big enough without.

Post # 13
900 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We were going to do this, but ended up only removing our sweat heart table.  The best thing is to schedule it when people’s attention will be elsewhere like during cake cutting. Otherwise, I would do it during the first whole group dance.

Also…let people know ahead of time and put younger people (who will dance) at those tables.


Post # 15
181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

about your concern with a guest list that is too big, that was my ONLY wedding worry for a long time. fiance’s family wouldnt budge on adding people and insisted that so many people wouldnt come, so i shouldnt worry about it.

10 days after the rsvp deadline, 40 out of 200+ actually rsvped. only 3 negatives. im not calling for the missing rsvps, werent not doing assinged seating so no need to really know for sure.

after doing some mock set up we found we could fit more people in our reception hall than we thought. and we were offered the loan of a big tent to add tables outside, and my fiance and i agree that a number of people will want to sit out there anyway. so i started at like 50 over limit, now im like 20 over, im not worried at all.

about you dance floor options, i would just make sure that dancing doesnt start too soon, and as others said, seat either your head tables on the dance floor, or tables of people who will like mingling around to other tables and dancing.

if you are far over limit, i would suggest moving the arm chairs as people suggested. but that is a decision to be made after rsvps come back also.

dont spend too much energy worrying until rsvps come back. may not be an issue.

Post # 16
679 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I’ve been to weddings that have done this, and have been seated at this kind of table.  After dinner, most people get up, mingle, go to the bar, etc, so removing the tables wasn’t a big deal.  It wasn’t like people were kicked out of their chairs.  We were also told ahead of time by either the bride or groom that our table would be taken down after dessert.  Really, it was no big deal.  If we wanted to grab a seat at any point, there were plenty of chairs to go around.  I pretty much never stay at my table at weddings though once dinner is finished.

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