Post # 1
Hi Bees! So my wedding is coming up in a couple months and I am starting to stress out about the guest count and so I am looking for some guidance here. So far everyone we did not anticipate to come has RSVP’d yes, and we are now getting nervous about not having enough room for everyone at our venue. We are potentially going to have to set tables up on the dance floor for dinner, but then remove them once everyone is done eating and the food is all cleaned up. Has anyone had to do this at their wedding or been to a wedding that did this? And if so, how did it work logistically? Was it a mess or did it all work out? Thanks in advance for any and all advice!
Post # 2
I don’t love this idea, however its less bad if you have the venue remove the tables. The wedding I went to the guests sitting at those tables had to remove it themselves, I was like “wtf? In my dress and shoes?” so thats super annoying.
I still dont love the idea because if those people dont feel like dancing, theres no where for them to sit. THey might not want to sit in another persons chair, etc. However, it is the least bad option in your case.
For lurkers, its not a great idea to over invite for your venue. Expecting a 20% decline rate does not always work out! Budget what you can afford, and invite what you can accomodate.
Post # 3
This happened at a family member’s wedding. The bride put herself, the groom, the bridal party and close family at the tables that needed to be moved later so that the other guests weren’t disturbed when it was time to dance. The groom was a bit miffed that he didn’t have a place to sit after eating though.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course
Sounds like this might be a mess no matter how you do it but good luck. Personally, if I were one of the guests without a seat I’d be irritated enough to leave early. But I’m an outlier that doesn’t dance at weddings, not even planning to dance at my own. Although if I did I imagine I’d still like to sit down and rest at some point. 🤔 The only way I wouldn’t mind this that much is if there were other areas to venture off to and relax like a lounge area or patio.
Post # 5
Just to add a bit more information.. We have two day of coordinators and two food servers who would be the ones taking down the tables, so our guests would not have to do that part. I agree that it is a bit awkward though. Our wedding is fairly small and very casual (100 people) and everyone knows other people who will be there, so I do anticipate a lot of mingling and don’t think people would be uncomfortable sitting at open seats during the dancing. If we end up having to do this, we would seat our friends who all know each other and will be up talking or dancing the whole time, at these tables. (note- we are 24/25, so a large majority of our guest list is younger/likes to dance). Along with the head table that we planned to take down the whole time.
Post # 6
I don’t think this is a big deal at all and I usually don’t go back to my seat at weddings once dinner is over. I think if it’s just 1 or 2 tables being moved it’s not a big deal. Just try to let those guests know ahead of time so they know they can’t leave their bags there or anything. There will still be enough seating for the people who aren’t dancing or mingling.
Post # 7
I think it will be ok especially if you seat the easygoing/party types there. Put their chairs against the wall so they still have somewhere to put their stuff and sit.