(Closed) Seated at Round Tables During the Ceremony?

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Would you as a bride wants your guests seated at round tables during your ceremony?
    Yes - Explain the pros? : (2 votes)
    11 %
    No - Explain the cons? : (9 votes)
    50 %
    Only if it were a budget issue : (7 votes)
    39 %
  • Post # 3
    6572 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    i would prefer not to have rounded tables for the ceremony. it would be awkward for those sitting facing backwards, and it might be hard for people to see. but if you’re on a budget, i think it would depend how much less that venue costs. i don’t think it’s that big of a deal that i wouldn’t do it if it saved a bunch of money.

    Post # 5
    2111 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    My biggest reason is people would have to turn around to see us.

    Post # 6
    4123 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I’ve shot both kinds of weddings, and I’ll be really really honest.

    It’s every bit as bad as you imagine.  People get distracted, the vision of the bride and groom is poor, it’s awkward and icky, people rummage through purses, kids fight, everything is more noticable…..

    If the difference is only like $700, I’d do it.  For the better chairs + 2 venue locations it’s worth it.

    Also, think about how much you’ll have to spend to dress up each location. If location A is going to take a lot of DIY your time and money DO add up. Even DIY isn’t necessarily “cheap.”

    Post # 7
    605 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

    hm, that’s a touch choice. while first preference may not be for round seating (because of what you and artbee mentioned), it depends on how much the monetary difference means to you. also, and this is harder, but it depends on what kind of value you place on other people setting up and taking down decor instead of you and your friends/family doing it. but i’m a non diy person so take that with a grain of salt.

    i think either way you choose will be fine. with a $6000 overall budget, if you choose the round tables and diy decor, i think that’s a great solution to save money and still have a lovely wedding.

    Post # 8
    4023 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    At round tables, guests would have to turn to see you. Also, i think that they would have a more reception feel than a ceremony feel if they were sitting at tables.

    Post # 10
    2143 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I really, really hope nobody gets offended but I’m going to be totally honest. Personally, from the photos I’ve seen of weddings where the people were seated at the same tables they eat at during the ceremony, I think it looks really bad. Maybe I’ve never seen a wedding where it was “done right” but I just don’t like it. I totally agree with the vision of people checking their phones under the table cloth and stuff. Dishes might get clanked around by fidgety people, etc. If you can afford the extra, I would defintely go with the other place. If not, I would see if maybe there was a way you can have the tables moved out so you could have a standing ceremony (as long as it’s not longer than 15ish mins, it should be ok), usher people somewhere else for a cocktail hour, and then have the tables fully set up for the reception.

    Post # 11
    2344 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I will be the dissenter and say I have been to two weddings where this was done and it would just perfectly. One was my mom’s, and the other was my MOH’s. The pictures are fine, people just turn their seats. I say do it!

    Post # 12
    4765 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

    I’ve been to a wedding where guests were seated at round tables, and honestly it wasn’t bad at all!! Some people had to turn around to see, but it wasn’t a big deal or anything!

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