(Closed) Help! Love the reception venue, but major space issues :(

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
4014 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

At my FBIL’s wedding they had to break down some tables to make room for dancing and I didnt see anything wrong with it! If youre done eating, then why not? Just make sure to leave plenty of chairs for when people want to sit down!

Post # 4
14494 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t see why you couldn’t have dinner then break down some of the tables.  You may want to leave some, if not most, of the chairs around the edge of the room for people to sit it.   I would have someone announce it early so there is no shock to people who might be sitting at the tables that are going to be broke down.

Post # 5
1061 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We had to break down 5 of 15 tables for the dance floor.  It was announced that we were going to cut the cake and those tables would be cleared.  Everyone sort of gathered around while we cut the cake and the cleared the dance floor.  We went from the cake cutting to the 1st dance with fairly minimal delay.

Post # 6
4675 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Most wedding I’ve been to have had to break tables down for dancing.  I don’t think your guests will mind, just keep a couple up along with some chairs and you will be set! 

Post # 7
2863 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I have never seen tables broken down at a reception, but I wouldn’t find it weird either. My only concern would be not everyone will dance all night. People need places to sit and also tables so not sure how that would play out, I’d feel odd just sitting at a chair with no table or place to put my purse, drink etc. 

Post # 9
3267 posts
Sugar bee

I do not like the tables being broken down.  It really ruins the allure of the evening for me.  But I wouldn’t be offended if it happened. It would be like people hauling a bag of trash through.  I know logically that it happens but I wouldn’t want to see it.

It also displaces all those people who now no longer have a place to put their purses and men to leave their jackets.  All other seats will obviously be taken and those people will be hobos.

It also gives you an A area and a B area.  People seated on the level not with the couple are bound to feel slighted.

I would alter the guestlist to suit the venue.  Just because someone has a large familiy doesn’t mean that all those people must be invited.


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