(Closed) Cocktail Seating Suggestions?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
2953 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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Aurelie6615:  I think you should have some seating for guests. I too had to bring in cocktail seating/furniture which added cost but my older guests appreciated it. Can you ask your venue what they suggest in terms of coctail seating? Perhaps they’ll say, we suggest you provide seating for 10% of your total guest count for cocktail seating. Standing for 90 minutes SUCKS, even as a younger person. If I had to stand for that long, I’d be tired and my feet would probably need a rest.

A party rental vendor was able to provide high top tables (where do you set your food and drink while chatting?) as well as smaller rounds with chairs to allow folks to sit. They were ALL used. Our guests waited about one hour before being seated.

Another idea, can your guests be seated in the reception area earlier if needed? For instance, say grandma needs a seat and some air conditioning in June. Can she walk over to the reception venue, take a seat and just hang out there? If so, maybe that’s a way to go too.

Post # 3
30388 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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Aurelie6615:  Can you delay taking the chairs from the ceremony to the reception? That shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes or so, if the barn is reasonably close. The staff could leave them for the cocktail hour, then move them a short time before the reception is due to start.

Post # 5
1465 posts
Bumble bee

What is your backup plan in case of rain?

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