how many reception chairs??

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 4
1506 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@amandasouthcarolina:  I would get 135 chairs, then. Or closer to 150 because of you and your wedding party. I think its a dumb rule when people say you should only get 50-60% of your guestlist chairs. I’ve been to weddings that did that, and SO many people had to stand uncomfortably and were ticked. 

Even though its a buffet, they’re still going to want to set their plate and cup down to eat! Its hard to stand and hold your stuff while eating.

EDIT: I didnt see the coctail table part. But you should still make sure to have 8-10 chairs at each round table, and have to make sure that people offer the sit down tables to the elderly/pregnant/women… I’ve also been to weddings with coctail tables and it was all guys and young couples at the tables, forcing the elderly to have to stand for hours.

Post # 5
1071 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club

I would say 135.
I’m trying to imagine your vision, but i assume people will be eating at the same time?
I hate trying to eat with a drink in one had and plate in another.

Post # 6
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Enough chairs so that if everyone wanted to sit down at the exact same time they could.

Post # 8
3633 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think you should have enough chairs for everyone invited. That said, if you are really tight on space, I think you *may* be able to cut back to about 85% of the guest count if you have entertainment (e.g. photo booth, dancing right from the beginning, etc.). If your guests tend to like to mingle, then that might work too. However, if your crowd is pretty conservative and traditional, I would get a chair per guest as they’re very likely going to all sit around the same time.

The other issue with having cocktail tables with no seating is that although they can eat around it, they can’t sit so it’s unlikely they will want to use that table as a “home base” for their drinks, purses, etc. As such, I think it’s important to offer each guest a spot at an actual table with chairs.

Post # 9
498 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

You would need a chair for each guest.

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