(Closed) She wants a “seating area”

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

My venue had a lot of random furniture and was able to make a number of seating areas for cocktail hour. Is that an option for you? Also, you may try Ikea- they have some side tables for $12, I think.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’d check out garage sales, resale stores, and Craigslist… I don’t know what your wedding esthetic is, but you can find furniture at a great price there.  Use slip covers if you need things to match.

The only problem I’d see is that you’d probably need someone you know to set it and take it down after the reception.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

have you tried the freecycle for your area?  I think if you google “freecycle ‘city, state'” you should come up with a yahoo group for that area.  You might be able to find a couch there for FREE!!!  I signed up for the ones in my area and i’ve seen couches on my list.  Just be diligent and watch as often as possible (I don’t).  You pretty much have to be the first to reply to snab it, but it’s always worth trying, right?  Oh, and you can also put a “wanted” on the list, which would probably be helpful, too.

Otherwise, how about having family/friends bringing yard chairs (lawn chairs?)? 

If you have the option of benches, I’d say go with that!  Drape a pretty sheet (yard sales, salvation army, Goodwill, etc) over ’em if you want. 

 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

You may be able to find a nice big ottoman that could be used for extra seating or to set trays on for drinks or appetizers. I think you could probably work a bench into a seating area and have it fit, it just couldn’t stand alone.

A lot of the pictures that I’ve seen of lounge spaces have lots of colorful pillows too.

Freecycle is a great suggestion!

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Oh, and check out the second-hand stores!  You’d be AMAZED at what you can find for cheap at those places!

Pillows, blankets, sheets… furniture… 😉  And you might also find a FB page for local yardsales.  I know in my area, they list what’s going to be sold at them, too. 

Another option is the “Bulletin board”.  You can usually get them cheap at service stations and convience stores.  They have a section in it specifically FOR funiture.  The prices are usually reasonable, too. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

You could also ask people if they have any furniture that you could borrow for the weekend.  Get slip covers in the same colors and it will probably run you 400 total!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

From your post, I’m assuming your parents are paying for the wedding?  And you just have to pay for whatever is “over-budget?”  That seems like they’re just going to do what they want and make you pay for it.  Not really a “budget” at all!!

I think you need to stand up and tell your mom that you will no NEED a seating area, and that you are not paying for one.  (Seriously, NO ONE wants to sit down except at their dinner seat maybe!)

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I second Ikea or Craiglist. I found a beautiful black leather sofa and matching love seat for $250 total.

However, I would consider just telling your mother it’s not in the budget and that is that. Especially since you’ll have to pay whatever you go over on. Just let her know you can’t afford it and that’s that.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

If you guys don’t want to do it and don’t have the budget for it…what will happen if you just ignore her and don’t do it?

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

i would just go to rent a center or some place like that and rent the couch or whatever else you need for a week. that way you know its good quality and you wont have to pay all that money getting it from a company that does wedding events. i know theyre stuff isnt 400 a week…and slip covers/decorations can make the majority of things awesome!

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