Food help! I'm stuck, I don't want a sit down reception. Any ideas girls? X

posted 2 years ago in Food
Post # 2
721 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

You definitely don’t need a seating chart for your guests.  I actually find those annoying at weddings haha

Post # 4
143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Yeah you can do a no seating chart, that’s what we are doing!!

Post # 5
42101 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
74 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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
2670 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

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
39 posts
  • 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
795 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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
155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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…

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