Post # 1
I am sure lots of people do this now but how do you make sure it is not tacky? I am thinking of setting up two rows for the VIP family away from the dinner tables but everyone else is seated at there table…what do you think bee’s? also I am considering not having place cards and letting my guest sit where they are most comfortable since the wedding and reception are all in one room…is it ok not to have place cards? I am having about close to 200 guest and I just figure I can cut down on cost and confusion. The tables are solid oak and cannot be moved or broken down so that option I don’t have. I am just trying to figure out the best way to make things flow smoothly… I will have the middle isle blocked off. Also because the venue I feel needs minimal decor what are some good ideas for decor/centerpieces? I don’t want anythin to block peoples view. I’d greatly appreciate your inpu bee’s help me out! I am including a few pictures of my venue.
Post # 3
@PrettyShort1: Our set up is kind of like yours, except they have patio area right outside the reception area and that is where we are having the wedding BUT people have to walk through the reception area to get to the patio, still something I’m trying to figure out. I like your idea though. I would suggest place cards. i have been to a few weddings were there were non and it was a complete cluster and everyone kind of just wondered around like zombies.
Post # 4
@PrettyShort1: Ive been to two weddings like this and both were probably my favourite weddings EVER!! They were so comfortable and relaxed because everything was right there. At one, they pushed the tables to the side but it doesn’t sound like that would work. At another, it was at a small brewery and everyone just gathered in a small area near the dance floor and they did the ceremony with people standing. It wasnt a long ceremony- maybe 15 mins and it was very intimate with everyone gathered around. In the event of rain, we’re also in the same boat, so we’re going to ask the caterers to put chairs on the dance floor in that case and do the ceremony there.
As for place cards, I agree- I would definitely do that! With 200 people I think it would be more confusing. Especially if people have to break up with a guest because theres one spot here, and another over there, etc. Even just one big seating chart and have people pick their own place at the table 🙂
Post # 5
My sister did this and had 1/2 the room blocked off for the ceremony since they had those moveable walls. So, all the tables were mostly set up and pushed to one side of the room. They set up chairs on the ceremony side and during the cocktail hour, opened up the moveable wall and moved the tables around. Not sure if this is an option for you or not…
Post # 6
@MrsWBS: i am thinking of doing like your sister did. did it look good or tacky. is it preffered as a guest to not be in the same room all night or was it not noticed.
i am not sure if i should look for a church venue (we are christian) but that means the guest have to drive around.
Post # 7
@KingsDaughter: It didn’t look tacky at all, and I don’t think anyone noticed that the ceremony was even in the same room as the reception because they had the wall up – which looked like an actual wall.