Post # 1
The only other option I’ve thought of is a BBQ after the ceremony but my sister mentioned I would have to have tables and chairs but I don’t want to do a seating plan. Could I have tables and chairs with no seating arrangement and people can come and eat as they want? It’s a wedding of less than 50 people. Is there any other alternatives? Any help is much appreciated xx
Post # 2
You can have cocktail tables and no chairs (or some chairs but no seating chart), and still do food stations marche-style. We had considered that for our wedding. It’s not abnormal and still provides lots of food selections without a sit-down dinner. It’s usually cheaper, too.
Post # 3
You definitely don’t need a seating chart for your guests. I actually find those annoying at weddings haha
Post # 4
Yeah you can do a no seating chart, that’s what we are doing!!
Post # 5
You can have a reception without assigned seating. It can make it awkward for groups who get broken up because they are 4 and there are only 2 seats at any one table.
If you don’t have seating for everyone, it’s best if you make sure your menu is all food that is easily eaten with one hand standing up, nothing that needs cutting. Remeber that your guests will be managing a glass as well as a plate.
What time of day is the ceremony?
Post # 6
What’s your venue like, and what time are you doing it? I’m technically having two receptions, and because the first one is outside, we’re having a “garden tea party.” Basically, there will be a few tables and chairs but not enough for everyone, and the food will be buffet style. Mini quiche, croissants, fruit, cupcakes, biscuits, cheese platter, that kind of stuff. Easy to walk around with, but still delicious.
Post # 7
As long as you have enough chairs so that everyone person could hypothetically be sitting down at the same time — one chair for every butt — I think it’s totally fine to not have a seating plan, especially because you aren’t having a huge wedding. People can figure out where to sit on their own. But there MUST be at least one chair for every attendee. Not enough chairs is the pits.
Post # 8
- Wedding: January 2015 - chruch
My reception is with out assigned seating. Its in our churches gym. Were just having cake, punch, hot chocolate, and maybbeee some fruit! 🙂 Everyone just sits where they want too!
Post # 9
Its up to you – but your wedding sounds very informal so you might be able to get away with it. I had 42 guests and a very formal dinner therefore we did a seating arrangement (only assigned tables). This assured our guests a spot, our parents a seat near the sweetheart table, and it also made sure that family groups weren’t split up at different tables because they arrived to late to get a seat together.
Post # 10
Bubbles90: I am not sure of what your budget is but an out of the box idea is Food Trucks… Lots of good bite size things for guests to nibble on and you can do a variety. That way guests get options and can sit wherever they want…
Post # 11
julies1949: Extremely helpful advice, thanks! It will be at 3pm x
Post # 12
julies1949: It will be an outdoor wedding overlooking the ocean, very informal. Thanks to all the amazing comments I think I will go with tables and chairs, with no assigned seating, but I will have extra chairs because no one likes being without a seat. Might reserve a couple of good tables for both sets of parents 🙂