(Closed) Does plated meal automatically mean "assigned seating?"

posted 5 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

It’s a bit tricky. Some places allow you tohave guests seat themselves with a plated meal and you give them their meal card but they advise you not to do that because people move around too much and servers get confused as to who got what. When people drink too much they won’t pay attention to rules or where they were supposed to sit. USUALLY plated dinner should have assigned seating to avoid that mess

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Honestly, I’d ask your caterer. Some caterers require a seating chart + floorplan + place cards to indicate the meal each person chooses (if there are slightly different plated meals or allergies). Then there are some caterers that only require the place cards to indicate the meal, so people could sit wherever. If everyone has the exact same plated meal, I would think you don’t need to have assigned seating.

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@inky_1:  I agree with PP where if everyone is getting the same meal it’s not going to matter and whoever is catering your meal be it a caterer or the venue, those are the people you need to ask what can and can’t be done. I went to several places that said you can have people sit anywhere and a lot that said you can’t if it’s plated. It’s best to follow their rules and advice. We are doing buffet for my wedding so we don’t have to deal with the seating chart and forcing people to sit with people they don’t know/like but again when we WERE thinking plated some places said it wouldn’t be an issue and they are the best people to consult about the seating and how it would work.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@inky_1:  Also, no it doesn’t matter what day or time it is haha it’s just rules of the venue/caterer.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you want everyone to be confused and guests forgetting what they have ordered, it can turn into a huge mess.  

Its easier to provide your caterer/venue with a seating plan for the dinner.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m repeating with PP’s said, and suggest you ask your caterer.  It sometimes depends on the amount of people you have if you will need to do assigned seating.  For ex., at my venue we could have plated dinners (with stickers to indicate meal choice) and non-assigned seating where they would place their escort card at their seat of choice, IFwe had under 150 in attendance.  Because we had more than that, we had to assign people to tables and turn in the meal list (so they knew how many chx, pork, veggie was going to each table).  It helps make the food come out as fast and efficient as possible when you do it that way with that many people.

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