Post # 1
So another bee’s post just got me thinking – we’re hiring 90 chairs from our venue for our reception, which will be on the same property as the ceremony. I’ll have my coordinator and her assistant there to help set everything up, so I’m wondering – would it be strange to use some (or all?) of the hired chairs at the ceremony outside, then have the girls shipping them in afterwards? Would that just look super awkward, or is it something that would just go relatively unnoticed?
The ‘cocktail hour’ will also be on the same property, so people will probably be milling around the area, including in the reception hall where there’ll be a photo booth & lounge while it’s happening.
Post # 2
futuremrscaribou : After our ceremony we asked our guests to grab a chair or two if they were able and move them inside to the reception. Not ideal but that was how our venue always does it. We had hired staff to help with set up but I don’t think two people could have moved all of the chairs quickly enough (160 chairs).
Post # 3
We thought about doing this, since we’re doing a DIY backyard wedding. I didn’t want guests to move theor own chairs, but FH’s dad insisted it was silly to rent double the chairs and that he and some other guests would just move them all from the ceremony to reception space.
Ultimately we decided against it because of logistics and photos. I assume our photographer will take some pics of the reception setup prior to the ceremony starting (like details shots) and didn’t want the pics to be chairless.