(Closed) Reception venue opinion

posted 11 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

It depends on if you have already booked other vendors for your original date — will those vendors be available if you change dates?  If you haven’t booked other vendors yet or they won’t have a problem switching dates, I’d probably go with venue #1 because I really want everyone at my wedding to have a place to sit.

Also, does the date you chose have special meaning?  If so, maybe consider why it has meaning to you and if you will really regret having to change it.  If so, then go with venue #2 on your date, or keep looking for another venue that would be available then and has more space for seating.  If your date doesn’t have special meaning, I’d still stick with venue #1.  
Good luck!

Post # 4
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Newbee

I wouldn’t want a seat for only part of the evening. Out of curiosity — why are you locked into that date or the week after only?

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

I think it depends on what style of reception you want and how devoted to your date you are. We did not have 100% seating, but it was done "cocktail style" with lots to eat and drink, but food stations and passed trays (so plates were small or completely unnecessary).  We did make sure that there was physically a chair for each guest, but many did not bother — they jumped from table to table and stood around in groups, and a lot were on the dance floor!  We also made sure to have 2 reserved tables for our parents to host, where the older guests had a reserved place. If you are dead-set on a formal sit-down dinner, or full-on buffet, then you probably need the full seating at regular tables.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

Princesskitty- It’s so awesome to read your comment above! We have a stations type reception planned and I’ve been worried all along that our guests will be upset that there aren’t enough seats for everyone. Glad to see it worked out for you!

In regards to venue choices, the ladies above have pretty much covered it. A lot depends on how much your date means to you and if you’ve booked other vendors. I chose my location based on price. I knew it would not have enough room to seat my 200 guests, but I couldn’t afford the other places! As you can see from Princesskitty’s comment, the venue that is available on your weekend but doesn’t have enough seating could work out fine.

Good luck!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Personally I would switch the date so you could have the better of the 2 venues.  Unless you have a very good reason why you want that particular date.

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