Post # 1
We are having a very casual, laid back type of wedding in my future in laws backyard. The caterer is a local pizza shop that has a mobile brick oven that they will be bringing to serve our guests yummy gourmet pizza, and we are renting a tent in case of rain.After the ceremony,while we take pictures, we kind of want people to feel free to just go and get their food whenever they want, and hang out and mingle, but I’m not quite sure what the best way to communicate this is. Any ideas? We’re still working on the day of details.
Post # 3
Actually, if it makes you feel any better…I am having a pretty formal wedding with like 150 people, but am not having assigned seating at all. I figure that the guests are capable of picking their own seats and getting along. That’s one less thing I have to worry about too.
Are you having a “cocktail” hour?
Post # 4
We didn’t have assigned seating. We had about 35 people attend the wedding. Are you having any other food or just the pizza? We had some small snack things while we were taking pictures and then the DJ announced that the buffet was open. You could probably have your DJ make an announcement letting people know that they can eat at any time. Or just a family member could announce it.
Post # 5
We didn’t do assigned seating…too many “they won’t sit by so and so” problems. We had several things that we hoped would get people to mingle and they still didn’t. You can’t really force them to do anything.
Post # 6
I think we’ll have about 150 people (it’s a pretty big backyard). No cocktail hour as of yet, but it could happen, and I think we’ll have to figure out what snacks to get (there will be salad, and we are brewing our own beer as favors). Thanks for the feedback. This is why I love weddingbee!
Post # 7
The cocktail hour and snacks could go hand in hand…you don’t really have to serve alcohol during this time. We won’t be.
Post # 8
well we’re having assigned tables, but not assigned seating at the tables. i was confused when i heard people went that far with the assigned seating.
Post # 9
We’re also doing assigned tables. I’m not sure if it’s a blessing or curst that I work in the wedding industry… but I’ve seen a lot of bad things happen when there’s no assigned tables….
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!
I’m not. Mainly because people don’t do those around these parts, and also I just am trying to save my sanity. 🙂
Post # 11
We did my brother’s Rehearsal Dinner in my mom’s backyard. We did the ceremony walk through over on one side and then my mom had her cabana area set up with a hired bartender for cocktails. She also had cheese and fruit display in that area too. We did rent a tent. The only assigned seats we did were for the bridal party/family. That way they would be near the bride/groom for the toasts. We had 100 people.
Oh and glad we got a tent… it was the worst rain in Houston in months!
Post # 12
@KLP2010 – yeah my worry was that people would be spreading out at the tables or not wanting to sit at a random table with someone they didn’t know because it was the last seat left or something. i was worried if i didn’t do assigned tables, then i would run out of tables!
Post # 13
Big wedding + no assigned seating = horrible for guests.
These debates happen every once in a while on the boards, and the majority of bees usually supports assigned seating. Clearly for a small wedding or a hors d’oeuvres reception it’s different, but when you’re serving a meal, you should assign tables if not seats. There’s always a couple of bees who say they went to a big wedding where unassigned seating worked well, so it’s technically possible. But in the majority of cases, not assigning seats leads to mayhem and uncomfortable guests.
Post # 14
I’m not either, like Scissors, people just don’t do that in the region our families are from. Actually, if we were to assign everyone to their own tables they would think it was strange and, well, dumb. I can see how it can be helpful for something over 100 people though. We will have tables designed just for the immediate family (parents, grandparents, siblings and maybe aunts/uncles) so they can sit closer to us and not spread out around the room by chance. We are only expecting about 65 or so out of the 130.
Post # 15
my SO doesn’t want assigned seating because every wedding he’s gone to he’s been placed with people he doesn’t like, so i don’t think we will… i think it’s the better route, because we know our guests and i’m sure we could sit them with likeminded people, but i can also see guests knowing where to sit themselves…
i think we’ll probably have ‘reserved’ tables for family.
Post # 16
I am having a 200+ wedding reception and we are not have assigned seating. People don’t really do that in my area. Almost every wedding that I have been to has not had assigned seating and it worked fine. Honestly I just don’t think anything about it. I am going to have reserved tables for the immediate family and wedding party (we are not having a head table). I agree with MissAsB, I would have the DJ announce that everyone can start eating. We are having a buffett and that is what we are going to do. Your brick oven pizza idea is REALLY cool btw! Sounds so YUMMY!