Post # 1
We are not having assigned seating at our wedding–I know that this causes a lot of debate in wedding circles, but we’re sticking with our choice for open seating. We’ll have one central table reserved for my FI and I and our family.
However, I’m curious if I need to put up some kind of a sign or other type of reference for our guests so that they know to seat themselves where they wish. Any suggestions for what kind of wording or how to do this (i.e. signage; announcement during cocktail hour, both, etc.)??
Post # 3
I did the same thing, and it worked so well!! So many people were only at their table for dinner, so it was nice to let them seat themselves and sit with whom they would like.
We didn’t really have a way to do it, we just placed cards on the reserved tables (my parents and his parents) and everyone figuered it out just fine. It was also nice to have our master and mistress of ceremony there to greet the guests and kinda direct them.
Post # 4
ambsLs- It’s nice to hear from someone who did it with no problem! We have someone assigned already to help direct flow of people from cocktail hour to the reception, so she’ll be able to kind of direct people as you say.
Post # 5
My friends wedding was open seating and it went smoothly, I don’t remember anyone telling us it was open seating. They did have one table reserved for them and their parents. It’s pretty obvious to guests when you don’t see a seating chart or place card settings. A person to direct the flow sounds like a good idea too.
Post # 6
I agree with silverbells – if two tables have big RESERVED signs and the rest don’t, most guests will figure it out. My sister did open seating and it went just fine – we are doing the same, as we want people to wander and mingle rather than just planting themselves. If you have doubts, when you announce the end of the cocktail hour/beginning of dinner you can add "Please be seated at a table of your choice."
Post # 7
We’re doing this as well – and I’m happy to hear about other weddings where this was done! We’re having an outdoor affair so I thought it would be more appropriate (and less stressful!). I plan to have a nicely-lettered sign at the entrance to the reception area saying "Please sit where you’d like and make a new friend".