Post # 76
ozbee : Perhaps this is a regional thing, as I have never been to a wedding that did not have seats for everyone. I’ve been to weddings in parks, on boats, on balcony terraces and in houses of worship, and there has always been a seat for every single person without fail. Even couthouse and destination weddings had seating, though it was often not used (tiny weddings with standing witnesses). I would feel that there had been some sort of gross miscalculation if I attended a wedding where a significant number of people had to stand.
Post # 77
Read your last post and have a lot of sympathy. I think I would go with the staircase room if you could have enough chairs because a 10 min turnover really isn’t bad. I would definitely warn people that seating is limited and indicate those who most need it will be given priority, and then it will be on a first-come basis. You could do something cute like encouraging people to bring flats for the ceremony and assuring them there will be a safe place to check their heals for afterward. Good luck! 🙂
Post # 78
I attended 1 wedding ceremony where I had to stand. That’s not customary in my country so it just seemed like poor planning. There were about 10 chairs and the other 70 or so ppl had to squeze in and around a gazebo. Most people couldn’t see the ceremony. To top it off, it began to rain lightly.
Standing ceremonies are a no for me.
Post # 79
people need to chill out! Its an honour to be invited…As long as elderly guests or people who would need a seat have one, who cares!!
Its your day, dont need to stress about somethign so silly!
Post # 80
I agree with really going over the layout for seats In your original room with your venue. Which side would you get married at, below the fireplace or on the right side of the picture? Maybe you can adjust the layout from what the normally do or use smaller chairs. Can chairs be placed along the perimeter of the room? Is there another way for you to enter without walking down the middle of the room that would allow more seats?