Post # 1
Hi fellow bees!
Is it weird to not have seating for everyone for the ceremony? My venue said that this is normal practice, especially because it is a nontraditional and probably fairly short ceremony. I will have seating for ~100 people, with roughly 200 invited. (On top of that 200 chairs won’t even fit comfortably within the ceremony site.
It just sounded weird to me and I don’t want people to get offended that they do not have a seat.
What do you guys think? If you did not have seating at your ceremony how did it work out?
Post # 3
Seeing as how your having a short ceremony, I can’t imagine it being so bad. Keep in mind that depending on the time & location of your ceremony some people may skip it. You also have to think about how many of your 200 invitees will realistically attend.
The only problem I can see is that if you overpack the venue most people won’t actually get to see you get married, which would kind of suck. Anyway I don’t think it’ll be too bad.
Post # 4
have heard of this, generally you want to make sure that there are enough seats for people with kids, and the elderly relatives. I would be worried about people being able to see, you won’t have that moment when the bride comes down the aisle and everyone stands up to see you (since they will already be standing).
Post # 5
@MrsRugbee: I think comfortably they can only fit 150 chairs, but everyone standing will be in the back. The ceremony and reception are at the same place, so I think that more people would show up versus it being at a seperate place.
@kerensa: I may actually be entering down a grand staircase. If I do end up doing that then I think everyone should be able to see me. The only thing is that the staircase is not at the back of the room. it is on the side which would make the walk down the aisle a little odd because my path would actually be an “L”.
And how do you make sure people who need to be in seats actually get one? Do I do assigned? Or just hope people are considerate enough to let elderly/families with children be seated?
Post # 6
I’m one of those who believe that there should be enough chairs for everyone. I am not elderly nor do I have any physical conditions, but if I went to a wedding, i wouldn’t want to stand up for the whole ceremony. I think that even if you have a short ceremony, people will come early and have to stand, and a lot of women will be in heels, which may make standing for a long time uncomfortable. Maybe once you get your rsvps you will have a better idea of how many chairs you actually need and squeezing a few extra in wont be so bad.