- 8 years ago
- Wedding: January 2011
Hello! I’m having a little freakout and have found so much good information on these boards that I have a feeling that this community will know just the perfect thing for me to do in our current situation…
So, my mom recently came down to see us, and in the emotion of being able to book a reception location together, we put a deposit down on a place that is perfect….except that after reserving the place, we realized that there was a miscommunication and the dining room in which we were hoping to serve brunch for 100 can actually only seat 48. Yikes!
Cutting our guest list to 50 is really not realistic for us, but we really do love this place adn would be happy to keep it to a heavy hors d’oeuvres reception and will be sure to make sure our guests are aware of the format so that nobody skips breakfast expecting to have a big, structured meal at the reception. The venue is actually a small hotel that we have completely rented out so that guests can have full roam of the first floor and have a few different rooms to spread out into and socialize.
The only problem I see is that I want to take advantage of the beautiful dining room without having it be awkward that the room can only seat half our guests at any given time. We’re planning on having both buffet tables set up (in that room or the adjacent one) with finger foods as well as butlered hors d’oeuvres floating around all the rooms during the reception, so that the focus doesn’t become the food or a set meal time, but I’m really struggling with how to set up the reception so that the dining room looks inviting but doesn’t suggest that each guest should hang up his or her jacket or purse to “claim” the seat, assuming they’ll need it later since most receptions do involve guests selecting a seat if one isn’t assigned for them. It’s fine to me if someone wants to sit in the dining room for the entire reception, of course, I just want to make sure that the intention of the ceremony (roam about, mingle, drink, eat, do whatever you want) is clear so that our guests aren’t confused, especially by a decorated dining room. Ugh, I’m getting a headache just thinking about the worst-case scenarios, ha ha.
One friend suggested we just rearrange that room so it’s not a dining room anymore, but then that removes more than half of our seating which concerns me since people should be able to sit if that want to, at least some of the time. Thank you for reading my post — I’ve attached a couple pictures of the place to give you a better idea of the space. I will be so grateful if any of you can help us work with our venue so that everything flows naturally!