(Closed) Possible Reception NIGHTMARE!?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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2870 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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
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6290 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

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adavis1070:  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
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6290 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

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 # 6
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Buzzing bee

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
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1604 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
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9012 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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
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9583 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

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
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2178 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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)

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