(Closed) Move your own chair??

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How do you feel about guests/bridal party having to move chairs from the ceremony to the reception?
    Fork over the extra money and rent extra chairs so you have enough for both locations to be set-up : (22 votes)
    25 %
    Just suck it up and have the groomsmen (and other males) help move the chairs, it will be quick : (34 votes)
    38 %
    Hire someone locally to move the chairs, it will probably co$t a lot for just that but it's classy : (29 votes)
    33 %
    I have another idea I will explain below : (4 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I went to a wedding a few years ago that was like that, except minus the cocktail hour. It was a small, somewhat informal wedding on a lawn; about 70 people or so. At the end of the ceremony the pastor announced that the reception would be on the other side of the driveway, and could we help carry the chairs over? So everyone young and able bodied picked up our chairs and moved them over; the guys helped older people and some of the younger women. There was no assigned seating or anything, and they didn’t have a cocktail hour (just an appetizer buffet and cupcakes).

    No one minded at all that I know of. 🙂

    Post # 4
    541 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    When i’ve had to do it for an informal wedding (ceremony on the beach reception at the home a few steps away) I didn’t find it to be an issue. There was no assigned seating though and it was very informal. Otherwise, i’d ahve to agree that as a guest dressed in all my Saturday best, I wouldn’t want to be lugging chairs.

    Post # 5
    1816 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    I went to a wedding where I had to move chairs after the ceremony (100-120 people).  I didn’t think it was a big deal because the couple were my friends and I was happy to help.  That being said, I don’t think the older (read: 50+) guests appreciated this and most did not pitch in.

    I would price the options (more chairs v. hiring movers).  If one of the options is within budget I would do it.  If not, you can just make the GMs do it.  My only worry about this is that they will get all sweaty in their suits. 

    Post # 7
    5498 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    At FSIL’s wedding (and well be doing the same thing) we had to take our own chairs over after the ceremony. No one minded. = )

    Post # 8
    40 posts

    DUDE. There is no way in h*ll I would have my guests move their own chairs. I’m sorry. I know that is a strongly worded post, but NO WAY. I completely agree with your thoughts about not wanting your guests to have to “work for their money”. This is my suggestion– place an ad on Craigslist in the nearest town over from your venue site. Hire 2 college or highschool boys and pay them $50 each. You’ll have them beating your door down wanting to work for you! $50 for an hour of work is good money for a college kid, and to me it would be worth $100 bucks to not see my guests lugging chairs.

    ETA: This will also totally free up your groomsmen, ushers, etc. for photos. I’d just let some local kids do the work while you enjoy your cocktail hour! You’ll get that $100 bucks back in wedding gifts anyway 🙂

    Post # 9
    331 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We have a similar situation and are hiring my brothers friends to move chairs (though they don’t have to go through cocktail hour). They’ll also help direct people to parking and help set up (mostly lighting hundreds of candles) and clean up. They’ll be cheap since they’re friends, but not my friends, so I don’t mind making them work.

    If its a short distance, I think its ok to ask people to move the chairs–maybe informally spread the word to younger people/guys who wouldn’t mind helping. I’d also go ahead and price hiring people or renting chairs. I find it easier to make decisions when I have all the info. Like if you find out it will be hundreds to rent chairs, it may be easier to cross that option off the list. On the other hand, it could be surprisingly affordable.

    Post # 10
    2695 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I would look at renting more chairs from a rental company and have them set-up the chairs prior and come back and pick-up.  That’s what I’ve done.  I just really didn’t want the headache of moving all the 200 chairs from one area to another while we are trying to take photos etc.

    At my brother’s wedding we had the ceremony under the pavillion and we had to move the chairs out of rows to the side while the staff moved tables in.  Then move the chairs around all the tables.  We were taking pictures and were watching the mad Chaos. 

    If it is in your budget I’d say rent more chairs.

    Post # 11
    463 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I would not want my guests or even just the groomsmen to move the chairs. 

    I suggest you weigh the costs between renting more chairs or hiring movers.

    Good luck!

    Post # 12
    1482 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I have been to weddings before where the groomsmen and younger male family members and friends had to move the chairs around between the ceremony and reception.  It didn’t look odd to me, but the wedding was a more casual one.  I think if you are having a more formal affair, you should look into the cost of hiring a couple of people to move your chairs for you.

    Post # 13
    166 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I would never in a million years feel comfortable asking my wedding guests to lug their own chairs from the ceremony site to the reception! While I think it would be OK to have the groomsmen take care of this, it would totally suck for them. I like thiscantbehappening’s idea of putting an ad on craigslist to find a couple of local high school kids for this job – wouldn’t end up costing much at all, and would free up the groomsmen to enjoy themselves!

    Is your venue doing the catering, or are you using an outside caterer? If you’re using an outside caterer, check to see if they’d be willing to have their staff move the chairs. At any wedding I’ve been to where chairs had to be moved from the cermony to the reception, the catering staff has taken care of this. Good luck!

    Post # 14
    5670 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I would price out renting extra chairs as well as hiring people to move the chairs. You could always ask members of the bridal party if they have brothers who would like to make a little extra money. You could get a few teenage guys who aren’t invited to the wedding, they could help you out and save you some money since they would not be as expensive as a established company.

    Post # 15
    6572 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    no, i wouldn’t like to move my own chair if i was all dressed up, and i picture my fi getting stuck moving a bunch for all the women and then getting all sweaty in his suit, and then he’d get all grumpy. i agree with the others, i would figure out if it’s cheaper to just rent chairs or hire movers.

    Post # 16
    2463 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    if it were me, i’d price out the difference between hiring someone to move the chairs and having them set up before. i’d probably prefer having it set up before, just because i know i’m type-a and i’d stress out about if it all got set up properly, and i’d want to minimize my stress…

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