Post # 1
Hi Bees, I need your opinions on this. We are having a small, quick JOP wedding with a reception to immediately follow all within the same room. The actual wedding ceremony will only take about 15 minutes, and we only have 80 guests. We were just going to have the guests seated at their tables for the ceremony. When we brought up this idea to a florist I was interested in hiring, he and his partner called that idea “tacky”! Now I feel insecure about our wedding space, even though it is a beautiful banquet room with all glass walls that overlooks my hometown. (It’s actually the inclined plane in Johnstown). I thought about putting all of the chairs in rows for the wedding and then moving them around the tables afterwards, which may work. I’ve attached a picture of how the room looks for ordinary banquets. What would you ladies do?
Post # 3
I would tell your florist to shove it.
Post # 4
That place is gorgeous! Find a new florist!
Post # 6
I’d look for another florist…preferably one who’s not a jackass.
Post # 7
Oh, and then I would go with your original plan. I think it would work perfectly well to arrange the chairs in rows for the ceremony and them move them back to the tables.
I’m not sure I would be a fan of watching a wedding ceremony from my dinner table, and you’d miss out on walking down an “aisle” if you just left them.
Post # 8
I went to a wedding where they had the ceremony at the reception site and we all just sat at our tables. And it was gorgeous. And this was no small wedding either. I believe the groom was a son of someone in the upper management of an oil company. Plus, your venue looks beautiful. I think your florist can shove it too. 🙂
Post # 9
Ditto to telling the florist to shove it!
Post # 10
Tell the florist that its your function not theirs and if they want business…..”Everything is fine!” they need to keep their personal opinions out of it and just do their J.O.B.
P.S I like the photo of your planned area.
Post # 11
I think it is a lovely use of the space.
If you decide to get another florist, be sure to tell the old one why you cancelled your plans to give them your business.
Post # 12
Tell that florist to shove it and find a new one, ones who are respectful. Have they seen the venue? It’s lovely!
Post # 13
I think the venue is goregous ! Def find a new flourist !
Post # 14
I like the idea of setting the chairs in rows for the ceremony and then reorganizing everything into tables for the reception, but only if you’re going to do a cocktail hour, and only if that cocktail hour is in another space. Because the reception is taking place immediately after the ceremony I think the layout you have is just fine. The space is also really beautiful, by the way.
You should go for a different florist. The one you talked to sounds really disrespectful and rude.
Post # 15
Oh my god, I am having venue envy…Definitely refrain from hiring that florist, he sounds like an unprofessional jerk.
Post # 16
I third SapphireSun. The florist is ridiculous and I would find someone else to do your flowers. You don’t need that kind of negativity.
I’ve been to a wedding where the guests were all seated at tables during the ceremony. It actually worked quite well. The venue arranged the tables so that there was an aisle of sorts (it crossed the dance floor).
Either way, your venue is gorgeous and your plans are definitely not the T-word.