Post # 1
So we are doing a heavy apps and dessert table for our wedding. We are inviting 150 but realistically only 100-130 would probably show up. We have been to many weddings where there are entire tables empty the entire time. Not one person sitting! I am trying to decide if it’s cost effective to order chairs for every single person or ordering ~110-115 chairs. What is the rule on that? I don’t want to waste money on chairs when I can put it more towards food! Any suggestions?
Post # 2
AlieElizabethBennett: The rule is that you need to provide a chair for every butt.
Post # 3
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 # 4
- Wedding: October 2014 - Our Backyard/Steakhouse
AlieElizabethBennett: You need a seat for every bum
Post # 5
I agree with “a chair for every butt”.
Post # 6
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
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
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
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
Chair for every person. Better to do that then have people complain they had nowhere to sit.
Post # 11
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
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
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.