Post # 1
There’s a logistical situation I’ve been rolling over in my head for a few weeks, and I haven’t figured it out yet, so here’s hoping you girls have a resolution for me.
I’m getting married in my Mom’s backyard that faces up against the lake. This is also where we’re hosting our reception (only 30 people). I’m having trouble figuring out where people should sit. I could do 6 rows of 5 chairs all facing the lake, but there’s not too terribly much room, so I think that would take out room for the tables. So the obvious choice is to have people watch the ceremony from their seats at the tables, but is that dumb? Has anyone been to a wedding where you did this? I mean, everyone knows that ceremonies aren’t that long to begin with. But also (and this is a reception question) do we just bring out all the food after the ceremony? It’s pretty casual and mostly family, so I seem to think this will be fine.
It’s not an earth-shattering thing, but whatever I choose, I don’t want people to feel like it’s that way because I didn’t think of anything better. I want casual and rustic, but not half-assed.
Post # 3
can they stand and watch you get married? and you have the table already set up?
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
if it’s pretty low-key, is it possible to have the chairs set up close to the ceremony area (so everyone can hear and see easily) and then move them to their positions around the tables for the reception? i know it may be a little awkward having people move the chairs after the ceremony, but with 30 people it shouldn’t take too much time.
or as crane mentioned, they could stand if everyone can do that comfortably for the length of the ceremony (with perhaps a few seats for folks who would be more comfortable sitting).
Post # 5
I guess they could stand, I didn’t even think of that. They could move their chairs, but there wouldn’t be that far to move them to. It looks sort of like this:
The little gray section is the only wall there is, and it’s nothin more than a single layer of stones between the grass and the dropoff to the lake.
Post # 6
I’ve been to a wedding where we sat at our reception tables and it worked out fine. Though we were kinda having a hard time hearing it all, and that was inside. I think maybe outdoors its even harder to hear. So I’d still separate the ceremony from the reception if possible. Its all family so if everyone has to sit close, shouldn’t be too much of a biggie. As far as the food goes, are you going to have drinks available? If so, I’d say to wait maybe a half hour before you begin serving food. Let people mingle, say congrats and then serve them- just my opinion! 🙂
Post # 7
Yeah you can have the reception already set up and they can sit at the same tables. you wouldn’t have to move anything.