(Closed) Moving ceremony chairs inside for the reception

posted 7 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I wouldn’t want to spend the extra either, only question is Who is going to move them?  Once you figure that out, I think that it would be fine as long as you have enough people to move the amount of chairs quickly enough without taking them away from enjoying themselves also.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@junehearts: Then I would go for it.  Why put out that much extra if you don’t have too. 

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t think you necessarily even need to do a receiving line. Don’t forget that it will only take the first guests less than 5 minutes to go through a receiving line.

 Why not just have a cocktail hour on the patio? You can rope off the entrance to the hall. There is usually more than one entrance to the hall- the guys can use the second entrance to set up the chairs. They can let the photographer and you know when they are done so you can gets some shots of the reception area before your guests enter.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

We did this. Our ceremony was on the first floor, the reception on the second. After the ceremony, a small announcement was made about the chairs, and once the bridal party cleared out, the chairs went up right before the guests. Then, while they got something to drink, found their placecard and table, the chairs were arranged. We let our ushers and Groomsmen know beforehand, and they grabbed a bunch of chairs and took them up the back way (that way, any older guests could sit down while waiting).

No one complained to my knowledge, and it worked out for us. OH, and we got white plastic light weight chairs, so it was easy for each guy to grab 4-6 chairs at a time (plus, our other friends helped pick up chairs as well)

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I used the same chairs, our caterers moved them during the cocktail hour.  But our ceremony wasn’t outside, moving them was pretty easy.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’m doing it.  It’ll just be a lot cheaper route for me to go.  After the ceremony and while everyone is enjoying cocktail hour the chairs will be moved.  I don’t see them taking more than 20 minutes to accomplish this

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We rented 150 chairs for our wedding and didn’t want to have our volunteers scramble to get all the chairs in the hall once the ceremony was over. We put 10 chairs on each side with a sign hanging on the back row of chairs saying “Reserved for our guests unable to sit through the ceremony”. With a 10 minute ceremony we figured that people could stand for that long and those unable to, there were chairs. If for some reason the chairs filled up quickly another few could be set up without a problem. I didn’t hear from any of our guests that it was an issue, maybe it was because we opened up the bar before the ceremony began … haha!!!

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