Post # 1
I’m having my reception in a restaurant. The main dining area is a large square with an elevated area toward the front. Fiance and I want to have a sweetheart table on this platform and have 2 tables behind us. The tables will seat about 10, so it isn’t enough for our bridal party plus all their dates. I’m torn on what to do.
Originally, I wanted just our bridal party to sit behind us, but I’ve read a lot of posts on here about how people don’t like being separated from their dates. I wouldn’t mind seating the bridal party on the main floor, but there are 2 problems with this. 1) The platform would look empty with just us up there. 2) Depending on how many people RSVP, we might need the platform to make sure there’s room for everyone. Should I have just the bridal party sit up there with me or should I invite close family members to sit up there instead? Any other suggestions?
Post # 3
Being on the platform alone sounds good to me. Maybe you put some other arrangements (floral or not) to make it look more full. It will also allow room for guests to come congratulate you without bumping into the other tables.
Post # 4
@hecallsmelove: This is definitely something we would do, but if we have 90% of our guests RSVP yes, we would need to seat some people on the platform. It’s a small restaurant.
Post # 5
Wedding party and family seem like the most appropriate groups. How many family members will be attending? Is there are natural cutoff point that you could use to select the people who will sit there? Parents, grandparents, siblings etc?
If that doesn’t work, do you have any other groups that will be attending in those numbers?
University friends? Work colleagues?
Post # 6
If youre having the cake on display you could put it up there with you. Along with the desert bar if you have something like that.
Post # 7
@julies1949: I suppose parents and grandparents could work. Like I said, it depends on how many RSVP’s we get. If we get less than 90%, we can seat everyone on the main floor.