Post # 1
We have 130 guests and our reception venue is basically L shaped, so we wanted everyone to be in one room for the most part so we have to seat everyone in the top part of the room (this has the stage for the band) which just fits the tables and chairs (no dance floor). So, we are going to have to move 2 long tables of 24 people each out of the room after dinner for the dancing. Do you think this will cause a stir and be inconvenient for people? We already thought to put the younger people at these tables, but I’m still worried about it being like “ok, you’re done with dinner? get up!” Has anyone done this before?
Post # 3
I think it would be okay as long as you leave chairs around the perimiter of the room/dance floor (and/or add extra chairs to the other tables). People probably won’t want to HAVE TO stand, especially after they have spent some time on the dance floor. : )
Post # 4
I think you mean you are going to move the tables and chairs-48 people are going to be moved- but they will still have their table and chairs- just be relocated to the L shape of the room.
Relax, it happens all the time. They will be fine with it. You will need to ensure that the people at these tables are clearly informed though so they will co-operate- read get up and get out of the way so the staff can move the tables.
As long as they know they will still have a place after the tables are moved I see no problem. I have also attended weddings where a number of tables had to be taken down entirely.
The chairs were simply redistributed amongst the remaining tables.
Post # 5
I used to waitress at a banquet hall, and it was very common to move tables to clear up the dance floor. I’d make sure that they get served first so that they’ll finish first, that there are other seating areas for those guests to move to, and that the speaker music isn’t blasting them out before the tables are moved. Also, younger folks probably would be a good idea, as they’re more likely to get up and dance anyway. Older guests may want to settle into their table and only get up for a few songs. As long as you’re kind to them, they should be ok.
Post # 6
At my son’s wedding, tables were removed entirely to make way for the dance floor. It was a little bit inconvenient, inasmuch as the cake was not served until after that happened, so the wait staff were having to figure out who of the standing people had not yet had cake. Aside from that, it worked.