(Closed) seating chart

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Should I have a seating chart?
    Yes! Assign table and seat : (4 votes)
    10 %
    Yes! Assign table but NOT seat : (35 votes)
    85 %
    No! It's a buffet style lunch so people should sit where they want. : (2 votes)
    5 %
    Other: Explain in comments : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    1778 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Unless you are doing a name specific favor (such as a picture frame with names on it or wine you do not want to give underagers) then I would just assign the table, but not the seat.

    Post # 4
    785 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I’ve been contemplating this myself. We have appx 130 guests and I have been so against a seating chart, but now that I think more about it, I kinda like the idea of having assigned tables…that way no one gets split up and you don’t have that awkward moment where everyone just kinda stands in the doorway looking for a seat lol

    Post # 5
    705 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 1993

    Yes; make a table assigment.  Your guests will thank you.  🙂

    Post # 6
    2775 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    Assign tables, and leave an empty seat at each table if you think you need to.  As a guest it is much more relaxing to know I have a designated place to sit with my husband (and hopefully other people we know or would have things in common with) without having to do a mad dash to get seats together, or wander awkwardly asking people if we can join their table.

    Post # 7
    3886 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I’m not doing a seating chart. ~110 people, plated starter and buffet meal. Honestly you will never make everyone 100% happy with a seating chart, no matter how much time you spend on it, and someone’s going to end up split up or sitting with strangers or sitting with someone they don’t like. It’s an awful lot of work for very little benefit.

    To prevent problems with people not making best use of space and ending up with scattered solo seats, we’ve asked our caterer and our cruise director (the wedding is on a boat) to guide folks to tables based on party size, and kind of oversee where everyone ends up.  You could appoint just about anyone to fill this role, because guests are going to listen to someone who is giving instructions and acting as an “in charge” type person, even if they’re taking directions from another guest.

    If you let “open seating” turn chaotic, it will, but if you plan ahead, you can manage it pretty easily, with very little work.

    Post # 8
    10453 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I think you definitely need to assign tables, or else you could have stragglers coming in wi no choice but to split up. But let them pick seats!

    Post # 9
    5075 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    assign table but not seat

    Post # 10
    931 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    As much of a pain it is, and as much as some will complain about the location, 80 guests can become chaotic if theren’t aren’t assigned tables. And as PP mentioned, you don’t want to have later arrivals being forced to split up.

    Bottom line – the seating chart will help the guests (by ensuring they are sitting with their date and at least a few people they know) and help you (by making the “finding a seat” a smooth and FAST process).

    Assigning seats seems a bit unncessary unless you had your heart set on doing pretty name placecards I guess. It is just as easy to have escort cards with the meal choices on them – guests generally know that they are supposed to mark their chosen seat with their escort cards.  That said, assigned seats at the head table do make sense.

    Post # 11
    581 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    As a guest I find it painfully awkward when I’m not assigned a table to sit at. I don’t want to be too presumptuous and sit to close to the head table. I don’t want to split up families. I don’t want to wander around and say “is this seat taken.” Please, just tell me I’m one of the “freaks at table 9” and let me own it. 🙂

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