Post # 1
Long story short, we have 184 yes rsvps and 180 seats. My aunt said that 5-10% of the yeses wouldn’t show and our DOC said that 5-10 people out of the yeses wouldn’t show, so that’s what I was counting on so we could invite everyone on our list B. I think we’ll have enough seats for everyone who shows up, especially since our wedding is on a Friday and some people have told us that they’ll be getting there late and others have said they’ll be leaving early, BUT how do I do the seating chart for 184 guests if there’s only 180 seats?! I think this is my most major screw up. =/ We planned on doing assigned tables but not assigned seating if that matters. What should I do, bees?
Post # 3
I would see if you could add another table.
Post # 4
Squeeze in an extra place at four tables. I don’t know what you have, but round tables for 8 can easily handle an extra.
Post # 5
I second @Cant_wait‘s suggestion of finding out how many the tables seat. A friend of mine over invited so we just added extra settings on the tables where we were able to. It was a bit tight in places but as you’re only 4 over I don’t think it’ll be an issue.
Post # 6
Well, my reception hall told us right off the bat they set up an extra table above our final count. Most vendors do this as a safety net anyway, so I’d just ask your hall if they do that as well. Hope that helps?!
Post # 7
I think you’re fine. I would add another seat at a few of the tables. no big deal.
Post # 8
Don’t stress! Just add an extra person at a few tables and you’ll be fine. No one will even notice with only 4 extra people!
Post # 9
Hmm…we already have 9 seats per 60″ table, and I think the chairs are larger than most so we can’t squeeze in one more. Plus, the venue only has 20 round tables and we’re already using all of them. They have 8 ft. or 4 ft. rectangular tables that we can add.
We had planned on having a 36″ round for our sweetheart table, but maybe we can have a head table instead with our MOHs and Best Men (2 of each), but they each have a date so we’d have to have 3 8 ft. tables and we’re limited on space.
Or would it look too weird to keep our sweetheart table and add one 4 ft. table that seats 4 for the extras?
Post # 10
I think you should ask your caterer to bring in at least a sweetheart table, if not another big round one. They should be able to do that easily (unless your caterer is your venue?). or you could just buy a card table for the two of you, rent the table cloth, etc. That might be another option.
Post # 11
I would ask to see if you could get another table for a sweetheart table and then move the extra 4 guests to the table you and your husband would have been at? maybe? I’m sure your venue can help!
Post # 12
I would do the head table and have the wedding party seated there. This should take care of the problem. Even if the head table is squeezed in pretty close to the wall or something, it will be okay. You all are really only going to be seated there for the meal. After that, everyone will be up and mingling.
Post # 13
we ended up moving what was going to be the cake table for a parents table and adding a 4 ft. rectangular table for the cake, so all the dinner tables are round and the peripheral tables are rectangle. thanks bees!