No seating plan…tacky? Please read

posted 3 years ago in Reception
  • poll:
    Tacky : (15 votes)
    29 %
    Not Tacky : (37 votes)
    71 %
  • Post # 3
    215 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I personally am not a fan of seating plans AT ALL! I know that for sit down dinners and certain things you need them, but they drive me nuts. I want to be able to go to a gathering and sit where I want and with people that I know.

    Post # 4
    268 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    How many tables will you have?  I think 36 with no seating plan isn’t as bad as a large wedding with no seating plan.  However, I’ve been to weddings where I’ve had to sit seperate from the majority of people I would have liked to simply because there wasn’t enough seats when there isn’t a plan.  If you have any people who shouldn’t sit near each other I would do a plan.  

    Post # 5
    4043 posts
    Honey bee

    @emviamama:  if it is a large event, the idea is that a seating plan helps you sit with people you know/get along with, if it is done well. If there are a ton of people and you are lagging behind, you might get stuck at a table where you don’t know anyone.

    OP, the decision is yours, but our guest list is small, so either way it should be fine. 

    Post # 6
    1234 posts
    Bumble bee

    As long as you don’t have a sit down dinner (where the caterer would need a seating plan to be able to get the right plates to the right people), I think no seating plan is fine. Honestly, if they aren’t necessary (as mentioned above), it feels kinda like being back in elementary and high school where teachers would tell you where to sit.

    Post # 7
    306 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Love the sign! I think you will be ok with no seating plan for such a small wedding! 

    Post # 10
    4511 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @jessyrez:  you don’t have to have a seating plan to do seating cards (or whatever theyre called) you can just make cards with peoples names and their meal choice, and then they take them and put them where they are sitting. That also simplifies seating bc then no one has to wonder or ask who is sitting in what seat- people can claim a seat as soon as they wan to.

    Post # 11
    1662 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @jessyrez:  You know, I hadn’t considered this as a possibility. Now that I think about it, it sounds just fine!

    I’m going to have 35 people at mine, so very similar in size to yours. There aren’t any people that expressly need to be kept apart so this might work well. Excellent!

    Post # 12
    543 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    We had 39 total including us and the WP. The head table was set up for 9 of us (including WP SO’s), and 4 tables. 2 were set up for 9 people and 2 for 8 people (so no one had their backs to us) so 34 open seats total for 30 guests.  No seating plan, although I think DH and his BW had gotten escort cards and table numbers the morning of that we didn’t use. I think one of the tables had our parents seating cards placed on it last minute since they wanted to make sure they sat at one of the closer tables.  Cocktail hour and dinner were in the same room. Everybody found a place to sit, even if they didn’t know all the people at the table beforehand and fortunately our friends and family figured it out without a sign telling them to sit wherever they wanted. 


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