Post # 1
My ceremony and reception are in the same room with no turn over. There isn’t a place to have everyone go between the two to do a turn over nor are there people to turn over the site so easiest just to do it all in the same room back to back. My problem is how to set up my room
I will be using their tables which are listed at the bottom on the floor plan. We are inviting 100 people anticipating 75 guests in the end.
I will be walking from the mini suite. There will be two food tables and a bar set up somewhere. Originally I had planned on setting the food up on the small wall between the mini suite and main door. Tables along all the walls with the bar in the corner near the deck door. Then I thought about it and if I am entering from the mini suite and marrying mid-room, all the tables along the small end wall would be viewing m officiants back. Would that be weird?
Also I need to set up the chairs in a way that centerpieces wont block views. I though about putting the back of the chairs to the tables facing out toward the floor. I did not like the idea of setting up the chairs in normal seating the middle of the room and then expecting my guests to move them to tables after the ceremony.
Post # 2
talk to the venue and see what they suggest, but girrrrlll its totally worth it to just pay a few extra staff to turn over the room, thats very stressful. I know you dont want guests moving chairs but honestly that might be your best bet if not- dancefloor on the right side of the ballroom closest to the suite, make the aisle run from the suite to the windows on the bottom of the image and have rows of chairs set up on the dancefloor for the ceremony. Put the tables on the left side of the room if there is space, and have the guests grab their chairs and bring them to the tables after the ceremony. If not, you could try rectangle tables where you turn the first “row” around so people arent sitting backward and low centerpieces, but honestly the venue or your caterer should have the best idea of how to work it and the extra money is worth it. I had to pay like an extra 1000 or something to have staff transition my ceremony site and briefly considered having a few close male guests just move the chairs but then I came to my senses and realizes we should just pay for it- and it was a lot less stressful!
Post # 3
bellarose606 : The amount we had been told by my parents that they’d be helping with greatly decreased so now we are pushing our budget so unfortunately paying for anything extra is just not possible. I didn’t think about walking to the windows at the bottom though. That could work, then no one would be sitting behind the officiant.
Post # 4
nwilbur1 : damn! Alright, glad I could be helpful 🙂 hope it works out!!
Post # 5
I had my pre-wedding cocktail hour, ceremony, and reception all in one room, and it was great. I had a few pews/chairs up front near the ceremony for close family–parents, g-parents, elderly, etc– and to define the ceremony space, and everyone else sat at their tables and people really liked it. No moving, no wait for tables to flip, could just leave their coats/purses at their table, etc. We had a stage, so wasnt’ a problem with tables behind the preacher, but I agree move to the long end or windows and be in front of everyone. Define the ceremony space somehow, and you’re good. I had about 175 people.
Post # 6
srancho : that could work too. I didn’t really want my guest to have to move their own chairs but closest friends and family would be okay and they wouldn’t mind.