(Closed) Help!!!! What do I do with the guests????

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I don’t think this is a horrible idea because it’s what I’m leaning towards doing too. The logisitics of making it all happen cohesively is driving me nuts.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Is this only in case of rain? Is their not enough room to have the tables set up before the ceremony, so only the chairs have to be moved? It took our caterers over an hour to set up the tables, linens, dishware, glassware, centerpieces, etc. before the wedding. And it only took them about 5 minutes to move the chairs from the ceremony space. Anything you could have set up before the ceremony I think would be ideal, and much less stressful.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@quiltqueen:  I would serve drinks and snacks while the tables/chairs are being moved. You can do that in the deck/bar area/music area so people are out of the way. I think an hour would be enough time, depending on how many people are moving things/setting up. Do you have a caterer who is setting up the food/tables? If your Groomsmen & ushers can help move chairs really quick & help the caterer set up tables, it should go pretty quickly. Just make sure everyone has very specific instructions to make things run smoothly.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would NOT plan on you being the one to instruct people to move things. Draw diagrams and write out instructions before hand. Give everyone as specific of tasks and instructions before hand and then let them do their thing.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Maybe your photographer can request everyone come to the front yard for group pics? or you can set up snacks/ drinks smewhere else and politely have someone ask people to leace for a little bit. I don’t think anyone will mind too much.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

@kerensa:  I think that this is a great idea (having the photographer tell people to come for a group picture). Then you can still have some beverages out front.

OP, one thing you might want to consider is “hiring” some neighborhood high school kids or some neighborhood college kids back for the summer to do the setup during the turnover. It is going to be HOT in August and your GM/ushers will be miserable if they’re hauling around tables in their tuxes! For $50-$100 you could easily have your quick turnover without having to sacrifice time with guests or asking guests to help in their nice clothes. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Mother of the Bride's residence

I’m seriously crossing my fingers that it won’t rain on our wedding day because I’m sort of in the same boat. I think we’re going to use the ceremony chairs for the reception so my tentative plan is to direct people elsewhere for punch (read: booze) and snacks while someone (haven’t figured out who) switches the chairs into the tent and we (the wedding party) get our photos taken.

If it rains, we’re going to have to arrange the tables in the tent in a way that makes kind of an aisle and that will be that, but I desperately hope it doesn’t rain!!

Post # 13
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796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Wait, so is this at someone’s house, then? I was always told that these are your guests and it’s exceedingly rude to ask them to put in manual labor toward your wedding… I kind of agree with @CEtoSAHM:  on this one. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think if you can have the tables ready, but just off to the side, you’ll save so much time.  Have the tables dressed with the linens, centerpieces, placecards, and just have the guys maneuver them into position.  I don’t think there’s anything wrong with asking a few select people to help you with this.  Just make sure to ask them ahead of time, and give them VERY detailed instructions and diagrams BEFORE the day of.  You will be so busy greeting guests, taking pictures, etc. you will not want to be ordering people around.  I know I didn’t even know what was going on half the time because you’re pulled in a million directions, and your emotions and excitement are so intense on the day of.

The suggestion to have guests to come to the front of the house for group pics and beverages is a great idea.  It’ll get the party flowing, and give the guys time to get things into position.  If you have the tables dresses and placed around ahead of time, it should take them a minimal amount of time to put them in place.  (Maybe 15-20 minutes, max, for 40 people)  You’re smart to be figuring all of this out now, it will save you much stress on your wedding day!

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