Chairs and how many situation?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

If you’re not doing a seated dinner, I think having fewer chairs than people is fine.  I would probably have chairs for about 50% of the people for a cocktail-stye wedding.

Also, you could consider ordering some taller tables if people want to put a plate down to eat or something.

Post # 5
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I agree with “a chair for every butt”.

Post # 6
1202 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’ve gone to lots of appetizer receptions where people stood around chatting, even when seats were available.

I think chairs for 80% of your guests is fine, but more if your crowd skews older.  

Post # 7
1566 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’d say chairs for 80% unless there’s a point in time where you will require everyone to sit at the same time.

Post # 8
9546 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

If I go to a heavy app wedding, I likely won’t be at my chair all night, so at any given time my chair may not be occupied. However, I want a place to leave my purse and I want a place to sit if my feet get tired. So I’d err on the side of caution and get a chair for every person. But you could probably pack the tables more than for a seated dinner, since everyone may not be at the table at the same time. 

Post # 9
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

If you’re hosting a reception style wedding, you don’t need to provide a chair on the off-chance that every single person will want to sit down at the same time.  People will mix, mingle, go to the bar.  We had chairs for about 2/3 of the guests and it was fine.

Cocktail style receptions are the norm in New Orleans. 

Post # 10
1583 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Chair for every person. Better to do that then have people complain they had nowhere to sit.

Post # 11
1570 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Chair for every person, AND if you do not assign tables, 10% extra.  It is incredibly rude to make certain people do not get to sit down when they want.   If there are not enough seats, people will save seats.   Getting stuck standing the entire time can be uncomfortable.  Very inconsiderate.

Post # 12
8720 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

When I go to a wedding I want a chair for myself so I can put my stuff down. Whether I’m sitting there all night or for just 5 minutes is irrelevant. I still would like a seat. 

Post # 13
6566 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I never understand these posts. I want to sit down while eating- even if I’m just eating appetizers. It’s hard balancing a drink, my purse, and a plate. I personally also can’t stand for long periods of time without pain so if I couldn’t find some place to sit, I would be pretty crabby.

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