(Closed) Are you assigning seats at the reception?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Assign seats! It works well.
    Assign tables, but not seats : (23 votes)
    92 %
    Don't assign anything. : (2 votes)
    8 %
    Depends, and I'll explain below. : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    1221 posts
    Bumble bee

    i am going to be assigning Tables not seats..

    Post # 4
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    307 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We’re not assigning anything. Our wedding is going to be fairly casual and we wanted people to feel that way. We’ll have reserved tables for the wedding party and immediate families, but that’s it.

    Post # 5
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    711 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I assigned tables and seats and everyone seemed really happy. I also hand painted everyones name on a little rock in our wedding colours! I just know myself, that i feel more comfortable at least having a table to go to. I had family specifically ask me if we had them seated at tables because they wanted to make sure they knew where to sit. I remember reading on a thread one time about a couple attending a wedding without assigned tables who ended up sitting with family of the bride or groom and felt very uncomfortable because they thought they shouldnt be there….awkward. in the end though you know your guests and you should do whatever works for you and your day!

    Post # 6
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    384 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Because our guest list is large (currently 274 and not final) we’re assigning tables.  I’ve never been to a wedding with assigned seating/tables though.  Most of the weddings in my family have large guest lists and it always seems like such a hassle for family and friends to find a table.  There’s been more than a couple family weddings where family ended up with a bad/far away table because they were older and moved too slow to get a good table.  This was in spite of having “RESEARVED” on the table.  The bride and groom didn’t do a good job of getting the word out as to who the tables were researved for.

    Post # 7
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    3564 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I’m assigning tables but not seats. I hate going into a room and not being sure where to sit or who will be sitting with me, if I’ll know the people at my table, etc. this takes the guesswork out of it for the guests!

    Post # 8
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    140 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    We are assigning tables but not seats, we are having a very relaxed wedding but we are having 180+ so to avoid what I would imagine being like finding your table for lunch in high school, we are just assiging tables, plus i’m hoping this prevents people from moving chairs from other tables and such to make more room for people at one table. (which i have seen people do before at a wedding with assigned seating even, it kinda made me a little mad when I saw that cause it just looks so classless to see people moving chairs and place settings and cramming them onto another table.)

    Post # 9
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    2280 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    We’ll probably just assign tables. It’s nice medium between super-casual-and-potentially-problematic and super-formal-and-obnoxiously-time-consuming.

    Post # 10
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    1254 posts
    Bumble bee

    I am assigning tables and not seats. I went to a wedding once without anything assigned and we got stuck on a table with a bunch of strangers after coming in late. Don’t get me wrong, it was nice getting to know them but we spent half of our time at a table with our friends and the other half looking back at them.

    Post # 11
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    2532 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We are assigning tables but not seats. People should be able to choose where they sit at a table!! Actually, there is an etiquette for it but the etiquette is So weird…its man then woman not next to your partner/spouse. So you basically end up sitting across from your spouse and its very odd! I guess its a way to get the conversation more interactive between the whole table as opposed to the couples at the table!

    I went to a wedding without assigned tables and it felt weird!

    Post # 12
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    2821 posts
    Sugar bee

    We did assigned seating.  The dinner wasn’t for too long, there was lots of socializing before and after.  So since we had to mix and match groups of friends we put people next to each other who had things in common, similar job or hobby or interest, if there was going to be a table where not everyone knew each other.  It worked out really well and I saw a bunch of the people we ‘set up’ (not like for a relationship) talking later that night and continuing on their dinner conversations so for us I was happy we did assigned seating.

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