tables, seating, and wedding websites
It’s just six days till our wedding, guests start arriving tomorrow and Scott and I are figuring out lots of last-minute details. Like where people will sit at the reception, and how to set up the tables. To me, the traditional Norwegian horseshoe set up is my idea of a wedding, but in the US that’s strange; they use lots of round tables instead. The reception site we’re using obviously prefers the round tables. Maybe they’re easier for the waitstaff? Or maybe it’s just less work for them to set up round tables as that’s what they already have in the room. The guy we were meeting at actually told us that the horseshoe arrangement has gone out of fashion. Hardly anyone uses that anymore, he told us. Well, last week there was a couple who wanted the horseshoe for their wedding dinner, but they were in their sixties, he announced.
Of course I tried going to the Norwegian wedding discussion board to ask whether this could be true. I mean, did horseshoe tables really go out of fashion? Unfortunately, the wedding site with the most activity is dittbryllup.no, a wedding magazine website that has the most appalling forum software in existence. In fact, it’s now so broken that nobody has successfully posted a note since May 14th. I don’t think these people can realise what an asset they have: hundreds of brides and grooms post to this forum every week, it’s the best community in Norway for weddings, and people spend lots of money on weddings. And they put absolutely no effort into making sure the community actually has a platform that works, and allowing the community to connect with the potential vendors that the community actually wants to find. Dittbryllup.no must be a strikingly clueless company.
There aren’t really any other active Norwegian wedding forums. There’s Kvinneguiden, that has some wedding talk. And a few brides set up a new forum at bryllup.diskusjonsforum.no – you can set up forums for free at diskusjonsforum.no. Nobody’s really there yet, though. There are active Swedish and Danish forums, that lots of Norwegians use, but not all traditions are the same and the vendors are all different. The US forums are mostly useless because traditions are very different and vendors mostly irrelevant.
So I’ll try my blog instead: are horseshoe tables really out of date in Norwegian weddings? Are they more work for the people serving than small tables? (The small round tables would each fit 5-6 people.) Are they less social, less fun?