Post # 1
Bees! Our wedding is in 12 days, and I’m having a hard time coming up with creative seating for our very nontraditional reception! Details below:
Location: Cabin in the woods (around 3000 sq.ft.)
Guest Count: 56 total.
Issue: There are two tables (seat 4) on the wrap around porch, dining table (seats 6) inside, couches on all levels of the house, and a fire pit area that is outlined in a rock wall that can seat around 15. Our reception is more like a house party with our close friends and family… and my concern is that people will have to stand to eat their dinner. Will this work itself out or do I need to come up with creative table idea’s for the porch area?? If so, what are some things you’ve done for seating??
Thanks in advance for your ideas and support on this one!
This topic was modified 4 years, 6 months ago by adavis1070.
Post # 2
With the couches, how many will that fully seat? That would be my question. I think you would need at least 40 places for people to sit. Others will be moving around the house.
Post # 3
That sounds fine, depending on what food you are serving and how you are serving it. We’ve hosted quite a few house parties with similar numbers and have barely any seating (maybe a dozen) and it isn’t an issue, however, we serve buffet-style food that is easy to eat standing, and there is no set ‘meal time’ (ie people eat as and when they choose, so it isn’t like 60 people are all eating at once).
So IMO those could be the biggest potential issues; if the idea is for people to eat at the same time and/or the food will be difficult to eat standing, then you need to provide tables and seating for everyone. If not, the number of seats sounds fine, but I would make sure you have plenty of areas for people to set plates and glasses down (as people will need to set their glasses down while they eat).
Post # 4
Also, will you have staff? As if not, make sure someone is in charge of collecting empties. When we host I’m almost constantly collecting empty glasses, bottles and plates to keep everything tidy and uncluttered and reduce the risk of breakages and possibly injury.
Post # 5
Thank you for your feedback! I would say the couches would fit about 10-15 more people.
Thank you so much for all your feedback! We are doing buffet stlye with pulled pork/pulled chicken. There is no set time to eat… just as guest want to eat they can. Great idea for making sure there are places to sit drinks/plates…and we do have people on duty to pick up trash. Im starting to feel a little better!
Post # 6
I think you’re fine as long as you have tables (coffee tables in front of the couches, for example) for people to lean on and cut their food, place their drinks, etc. We have house parties a lot, and people do seem to manage to eat standing up 90% of the time. It’s when you’re serving food that needs to be cut and things that you may want two hands to eat (burgers, for example) that people tend to want a table.
Post # 7
I would always recommend a seat for every guest. If you cannot do that, you should make certain any older or handicapped people get seats. And by older, I would include 60 YOs in heels. You may need to discretely ask people to give them seats, and you should circulate. Is there no room on the porch for card tables? You can buy cheap at Walmart and donate to charity later.
Post # 8
You have seating which won’t make eating difficult for only 25 guests . Sorry but you really need to hire some additional tables and chairs. Eating on a couch is awkward and not fun especially when dressed up for a wedding.
And I think you are mistaken on the guests can/will stagger their eating because once people smell the food and see other people eating then they will eat to. Especially if they fear the food will run out which would be my first thought after realising there wasn’t enough seating for everyone to eat. I would be thinking there wasn’t much money spent on the guests comfort so I had better get in fast if I want to eat.
Post # 9
I would rent or borrow some extra chairs and a folding table or two. A seat for every butt is ideal when theres a dinner.
Post # 10
I think that bringing some extra seating in might help – if cost is a concern what about asking some family to just bring what they have at home …. maybe its just cause we have huge holidays but I have two folding tables and like 6 chairs at my house that I would share and I know my parents have even more. But there are always rental places (as well as Ikea which can be pretty cheap and it would make a great donation)