Post # 1
We’re having a problem with how to do our toasts at the reception. Because of space our dinner area will be split between two rooms with a door joining them. My Fiance and I plan to have a sweetheart table right at the door so that hopefully no one feels left out.
I can’t figure out what to do about toasts, though. Everyone would probably be able to hear the toasts, but people in the 2nd room wouldn’t be able to see anything. I really hate splitting up into two spaces (although everyone I’ve talked to says they don’t care), but it would cost about $4000 to put us all together.
Any advice on what to do? Should we have the toasts during dinner and hope people can see/hear and don’t mind? Or find another time to do the toasts (and what would that time be?)
Post # 3
Can the toasts be done next to the sweetheart table so that both sides can see?
Post # 4
Last summer, I was a Bridesmaid or Best Man in my bf’s wedding, and their dinner was in this odd room basement of the Women’s Club, and then they did the toasts after dinner on the dancefloor (with floor-to-ceiling windows, a skyline of the city, etc.) before the dancing started. There just wasn’t a mic down in the dining room, and some people were behind pillars – like I said, a very odd set-up. Maybe that’s an option? Or, like DrGirl said, do it right next ot the sweetheart table.
Post # 5
could you do the toasts right before the cake cutting when everyone is gathered?
Post # 6
I went to a wedding where it was held at a Golf Club. Basically there was an outdoor seating area along the porch, and an indoor seating area. I thought my friend was teasing me when he said "you will be sitting outside" and he quite literally meant it!
When they had their first dance, and toasts- the people sitting on the outer most area had to get up and come inside. I thought it turned out well because the couple had their immediate family sitting around them, and their friends who were seated outside came inside standing- so the couple was surrounded tastefully by everyone in the main room.
It sounds like that is what you are going to have to do- is just succumb to the fact that people will enter from the 2nd room and stand to watch & listen to the first dance and subsequent toasts. It will turn out well. Maybe just plan to have the dance and toasts back to back so people aren’t constantly getting up to leave their ‘assigned table’ to come into the main hall to partake in those moments.