(Closed) Are assigned seating and stations contradictory?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Not at all contradictory!  We knew we were going with stations and initially thought of open seating, but after reading many board posts on the topic of open vs. assigned, we decided to compromise on table assignments.  That way, we can help make sure everyone has a good time with people they are likely to enjoy and some of our single friends get to talk to people other than their dates. 🙂  With the stations, people will get up and mix, which adds to the fun without the pressure of saving a seat or making sure you get a good one.

As for the time, check and see if your caterer would do a salad plated (or whatever the first course would be). This will help pace the flow to the stations, as people eat at different speeds.  Fewer lines. 🙂  Depending on the size of your wedding, it may be good to clearly indicate which station is which or space them out so people can go to the station of their choice, rather that wait in one long line to shuffle by them all.

Post # 4
100 posts
Blushing bee

Totally NOT contradictory!!! It makes more sense that people have assigned seats so they don’t come back to where they were sitting with their hands full of food to find someone sitting there. I was just at a wedding with assigned seating and a buffet and we all sat down, had wine poured, then were called by tables to get food so that the line was never too long. So i say do whatever you want…. you can do sit down or stations with assigned and be more than fine either way.

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