Post # 1
I am caught in a delimma. My FH and I are getting married in June and I have started on some DIY projects already. One of them is going to be a photo frame with information about our signature cocktail along with a photo of us, and a song title (for our buffet style dinner to avoid overcrowding of the line), and potentially…to ask our guests not to smoke inside.
There is just one issue. We are having our reception inside my parents barn, where we have had countless parties before. We have always allowed people to smoke inside but I feel that for this particular event, that would not be appropriate. Plus, I really dont want someone putting their cigarette butt out on the ground and I walk over it in my gown.
I want some way of asking people to please smoke outside and not inside the building. I’m just not sure of how to say it without sounding rude. Any ideas on how to word something like this?
Post # 3
Have your MC annouce that there is a smoking area outside.. Have a bench and a butt out pot. Maybe some candles so people can see out there.
Post # 4
Can you put some sort of cute/decorated receptacle for butts outside the barn in a specific place and a sign that says ‘Smoking Area’ or something like that? Then you are basically just telling them SMOKE HERE and not DON’T SMOKE HERE. I think it would be helpful to have a specific, designated area outside the barn that is obvious to people and then they will just go smoke there.
Post # 5
Oooh a bench is a good call.
Post # 6
Put up a cute sign and make it obvious it’s a smoker’s area–an ashtray thing and some seating, etc. People go to them…my parents smoke and would never ignore a sign. If you don’t put ashtrays on the tables in the barn, it’s kidn of obvious it’s not wlecome
Post # 7
I think if you make an area for them to smoke outside and put up signs, it will be fine.
Just make signs that say, “Please, No Smoking – There is a smoking area outdoors.”
I think most smokers are used to this now. If you are still worried about it, let a few BMs no that they should politley say something to anyone they see smoking indoors.
Post # 8
Are you having a program? I would definitely consider putting it in there! Having your MC announce it is a good idea, as well, or placing signs at the doors and/or each place setting should get the point across.
I’m a smoker and would totally expect to smoke outside at your wedding even if I had been there before – cigarettes don’t keep it classy – we know that!
Post # 9
I’m surprised you’d even need to make an announcement. I would think smokers would automatically go outside to smoke.
I like the idea of a smoking area (bench, bucket, etc). Make sure its well lit so people will see it!
Post # 10
wow, people still smoke indoors in your country – here its practically unheard of these days….. bars, resturants, clubs, shopping centres ect – if its indoors its non smoking for us
i think an announcement and a designated outdoor smokers area would be the best option, make sure the areas is lit up with some tables & astrays as i would hate to make my smokers stand in a blocked off grassed area and nothing else
Post # 11
my first thought was, “why would people smoke inside?” then i realized that i live in a city where smoking indoors is illegal. i’m pretty sure that smokers would know better and just smoke outside, with or without signs. but if you really want to make sure, then i agree with the designated smoking area idea.
Post # 12
I can see the potietial for some miscommunication here since you guys have had smoking inside at the venue for previous parties. I really like the idea of a bench or two thre for the smokers to hang out on rather than making them stand. Also, I would try to make it a little from the main entrance, yet not too far removed so that non smokers will not be walking though smoke on their way in and out as well. Also, as for the “butt bucket”. I would make something cute for them with some sand. Maybe get a couple big pots and stacke them with the bottoms together and fill the top one with sand. That would make it a decent height and weight so that it wont blow over if it happens to be breezy that night… Also, you may use a filler below the sand so you dont have to use all sand.
Post # 13
omg, who smokes in a BARN? why not smoke at a gas station pump, or inside a box full of ripped up newspapers? I think that the smoking section outside will be enough of a hint. and if people still try to light up inside, have your DJ give a shout out.
Post # 14
I would pre-empt things and have a very decorative sign on an easle saying “smoke free celebration inside..(and arrow pointing to reception.” I’d also have another sign pointing in the direction of a roped off area outside where you could have people smoke.
Post # 15
I have to say I’m shocked… People smoke inside???
In my province there hasn’t been smoking inside public spaces for as long as I can remember. Over the last few years they’ve put a new rule into effect: No one can smoke within 25 feet of a public space or doorway.
I’d definitely have a sign up stating that the smoking area was outside & maybe assign your DOC or designated friend/family member to ask people to take it outside if they start lighting up indoors?
Post # 16
I would hope people would go outside to smoke but I agree with Bellenga on the sign idea. I dont think its fair to ask people not to smoke at all (though I hate it!) but you should have a small area they can go if they feel the need to.