Post # 1
Our ceremony and reception is on the same grounds at a winery in CA. We are renting all of the chairs and tables from the winery. I just found out that they do not have 500 chairs, which would be the total I need for ceremony and reception combined. The venue stated that a lot of weddings held there actually have the guests bring their chair from the ceremony over to the reception. It’s like a 20 foot walk. Is this weird??? It just sounds so awkward. Would you be taken aback if you were a guest and asked to do this? Should I just ask the groomsman to move them really quick while guests are getting drinks?
Post # 3
Never heard of this aNd I’d find it very odd. if the venue won’t move them, i would rent outside chairs so you don’t have to move them at all.
Post # 4
I don’t think having guests do that in heels (or dress shoes) is a good idea.
Can the venue staff do it? Might be worth paying for it or giving them extra tip.
Post # 5
I think it’s weird. I’d be annoyed if I were in heels and a dress and had to move furniture for someone else’s party.
Post # 6
@AirForceWife78: I had to do this at the last wedding I was at. I wasn’t entirely shocked by it because I’ve seen it happen on TV before! However, I still thought kind of negatively of it, to be honest. I was also surprised to hear other guests comment on it at well, in a negative way, because it was a fairly casual affair to begin with. Some guests were having to carry a lot of chairs to compensate for younger/older guests. It also created quite the bottleneck moving into the reception space.
Post # 7
I think either option is fine – how many groomsmen do you have to move 250 chairs? 20ft is pretty much nothing, and others can help those who have a tough time. Can the staff move them?
ETA: now that I think about it, I think I would think it was a little odd, but I’m not one to care about carrying a chair in heels and a dress so would do it. Also depends on the type of chair. Ours are heavy and awkward to carry so would be inconveniencing
Post # 8
Very weird. I wouldn’t want to inconvenience guests in heels, older guests, etc. Very awkward
Post # 9
@AirForceWife78: I would ask groomsmen and/or hire a couple of high school nephew / ushers to do it. I don’t think women all dressed up in heels really want to schlep chairs around (not that they couldn’t – but I’d imagine a lot of comments made)
Post # 10
People need to be less prissy, it’s no big deal. My cousin’s wedding had that and not a single person cared or complained, even in gossip. Younger folks helped older folks, strong guys grabbed an extra chair for those around them, but it’s not like they were heavy or anything. 20 feet is not very far. Anyone who actually thinks this is whine-worthy needs some perspective.
Post # 11
I think it’s best to get about 10 people to move the chairs. Everyone moving a chair tends to get crowded, and some people wouldn’t be able to do so anyway.
Post # 12
20 ft isn’t far at all – so I wouldn’t complain. I’d find it odd, but it would be no big deal.
Post # 13
Personally, I find it ‘wrong’ to ask your guests to do this. Having the groomsmen move them would a much better option.
Post # 14
I’ve been to dozens of weddings and this would be a brand new one in my experience. I would try to figure out another way, if possible.
Post # 15
I’d find it weird because I’ve never been to a wedding where I had to move my chair. For 20 ft…I wouldn’t mind really, that is hardly anything. Older guests might though. But I would still try to see if there was any other option as far as having someone else move them. Can you venue just charge for a venue re-set?
Post # 16
I’d think it’s a bit odd, but that it’s really not a big deal to me, especially over a short distance