Post # 1
What will you do if you over-invited? Or let’s say you have more people than you originally thought? Will you move some tables afterwards to make room for dancing? Squeeze more people around a table? Fit in more tables in side rooms? Just curious. Will there be enough room with the little kids or the guests of the single people?
Not that we over-invited, but I am worried. I feel like the venue itself over advertises how many people can fit okay in the room… They were discouraging us from moving tables, but we might have to be flexible and do that if we did in fact over invite.
When we made our lists there were 3: A Yes, Maybe, and No list.
A lot of the maybes are coming!!! My parents were assuming a lot of them wouldn’t come, but I knew better….of course lots of people want to come. I am hoping some people reply no.
Post # 3
Most of our “no” rsvps came towards the end, and most of our “yes” rsvps came towards the beginning. It’s not a hard and fast rule, but it might give you some hope. 🙂
If our space had been too limited, I probably would have put more people at a table (I wanted to do 9-10 at a 60inch but our venue had ridiculous chairs so they said we could only do 8 – honestly 9 fit comfortably if the chairs are normal sized, haha, or 10 if you’ve got small elbows, like on kids.), or put the tables closer together. Moving tables to create dance space seems like a big headache – both when creating your seating chart (who to put at those tables?) and during the reception. Re-arranging the room might be another option – a central dancefloor takes up more space than one along a wall or in a corner (because it has to have empty space on more sides), round tables may take up more space than banquet style or vice versa…
I would recommend signing up for http://www.weddingmapper.com and using their seating chart tool – you can input the dimensions of your room and then drag and drop all kinds of stuff (tables, dance floor, etc.) and specify the size of each, so you can visualize how it will all look/fit together.
Post # 4
Ours we will HOPEFULLY have enough room! We have to move the tables off the dance floor for dinner no matter what, and it will definitely be a tight squeeze. My Future Mother-In-Law invited a LOT of people, and there’s no real way to uninvite people. Fortunately, we’re having our buffet table in a convene area outside the room, where the bar and gift table will also be, so people won’t be confined to the room if it gets a little tight.