(Closed) Not enough reception seating! Help!

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1181 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Should be fine.  Just reseve seating for anybody who may need it (elderly).  I went to a wedding like this recently and almost everybody was standing and chatting.

Post # 4
1606 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

It doesn’t sound like it will be a problem. If you reserve seating like PP said you should be ok. 🙂

Post # 5
155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Are you having entertainment during the reception? For me, if you were having a band/dj during the reception, I wouldn’t mind standing at a cocktail table to eat and then getting out on the dance floor.

However, if there wasn’t a dance floor, and we were just eating/mingling, I would want a seat for everyone.

PS- I LOVE second lines! I think it is such a cool way to celebrate and get everyone into the action!!

Post # 6
2286 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

As long as you do a cocktail style reception it will be fine. It would be awkward to eat a full course meal standing up, but appetizers should be fine. As long as you have seats for the elderly and kids, which it sounds like you do, that’s fine.

Post # 7
5271 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I have been to events where people are standing for an hour or so; no problem. 

BUT, your reception is 3 hours…..personally I think that is too long to stand & things would get boring after standing for 2 hours. 

Since more chairs, isn’t an option, could you cut your reception down to 2 hours? 

Also, you indicated there are chairs for 20, that means 15 people will be standing – I feel like that is awkward to have half your guests sitting and the other half standing. If anything, I would only put out like 5 chairs for those that are older & have everyone else stand. 

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