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No table reception?

So this is an idea we've been pondering over. We have been considering a no-table reception. We would only have 2 or 3 set up for the older people, but otherwise just chairs for everyone else. This is mainly because we are doing a 2PM-ish reception with cookies/cupcakes and drinks - no utensils will be needed. We are also considering this route because we have to relocate my things from SC to TX, and it is looking very expensive. So we are trying to make cuts everywhere we can. Thoughts?


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Aug. 27th, 2013 03:11 pm (UTC)
I would try to at least get a few of those tall cocktail tables, so people have a place to set down their drinks while they eat cupcakes or if there is dancing. Then you don't have to worry about chairs, but there is somewhere to set some stuff down for a few minutes.
Aug. 27th, 2013 03:11 pm (UTC)
This. I'd be annoyed if there wasn't anywhere to put my drink or food or anything.
Aug. 27th, 2013 06:12 pm (UTC)
Yep this.
Aug. 27th, 2013 06:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks, everyone! We probably do a few cocktail tables, appreciate the input! :)
Aug. 27th, 2013 03:40 pm (UTC)
If you're having any kind of food - even just cookies and cupcakes - I think you should have some tables. It doesn't need to be a full-sit-down with enough space for everyone, but you should at least consider doing it reception style - like highboy tables scattered around. Trying to balance food (even a plate of cookies and fruit, or cupcakes) and drinks on your lap is annoying.
Aug. 27th, 2013 04:57 pm (UTC)
I personally like to use a fork while eating a cupcake. I can't seem to take a bite and not get covered in frosting otherwise.
Also voting for some tables
Aug. 27th, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
I personally as a guest would be happier if there were at least a few tables around - trying to juggle a cupcake and a drink is tricky without getting it all down yourself.
Aug. 28th, 2013 01:07 am (UTC)
I would agree that there should be some tables for food and drinks. Also, maybe let your guests know somehow that this is what you're planning so they can wear shoes they know they'll be comfortable in for a longer period of time.
Aug. 31st, 2013 04:51 pm (UTC)
You've gotten lots of feedback, but I just wanted to throw my two cents in. I went to a wedding and reception several years back. The bride and groom were fresh out of college and doing things on a budget. They invited over 200 people to an afternoon (I want to say 3:00 start time) wedding. When we walked in to the reception site, there were 3 tables set for 8 people. There were also heavy appetizers. The three tables all had pretty little "reserved" signs on them so nobody sat. And since nobody sat, nobody ate the food. The reception went from 3:45 until midnight and then there were the after parties. There was so much food left over from the reception (seriously, people would pick up one or two here and there but nobody actually ate) that the bride and groom ended up eating leftovers for weeks.

Anyway, definitely have some tables and adequate seating.
Sep. 9th, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
That seems kind of strange to me. Having attended a number of cocktail parties, the norm at those is either no tables or just a few tables (usually high ones without chairs), and lots of food gets eaten at those types of parties. Were the guests just not used to that kind of party?

I think having somewhere to set down food and drinks is a good idea, but to me it is not essential if it is just appetizers or dessert.
Sep. 10th, 2013 12:43 am (UTC)
There was literally no place to put your plate except for those 3 tables. There was nowhere to put your drink down to eat your food. I don't remember the food exactly (I'm staring at my 20th HS reunion invite so, 16 years out of college, 17 since the wedding . . . holy macaroni!!!!) but I do remember that the majority of it required a utensil of some sort. The only apps that got eaten were things on skewers that were easy to pick up and eat.

People were also leaving the reception and going down the street to grab a bite at the local McD's or diner. The wedding started at 3 and the reception lasted until well after 10 with several after parties after we closed down the reception hall. There was no other food besides the appetizers nobody ate and the cake.

It was just odd all around.
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