Seating Chart no Seating Chart? Tricky FML Help!

posted 3 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Which Would You Do?
    Do seating chart for just the parent's tables : (5 votes)
    17 %
    Do one for everyone : (25 votes)
    83 %
    Don't do one, let them figure it out : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    1301 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I feel like it can be a big headache. You have a set number of people who can sit at a table. There is the risk of there only being one chair left at several tables or people being sat with strange Aunt Selma and being very unhappy. Plus it takes longer for people to find people they want to sit near or to find a seat in general.

    Post # 4
    9526 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Most guests (myself included) prefer to have a seating chart. Just makes it easier on your guests. So I’d suck it up and do one.

    Post # 5
    1771 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    FI and I have family members on both sides that need to be separated from each other. Ridiculous, in my opinion, you’d think that grown adults could put aside their squabbles for ONE DAY and be gracious, but whatever. I’m doing a seating chart just to make it easy and avoid any confrontations. It’s going to be a PITA, but the alternative is risking an all-out altercation during our reception and I am willing to do whatever I can to avoid that.

    Post # 6
    6158 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    how many people are you having?  are you assinging specific seats or just tables?

    you can’t make everyone happy.  you have to do what is best for you.

    Post # 8
    655 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @cml:  Are you having a plated meal that would benefit from assigned tables/seats?  I think if it’s a buffet it doesn’t matter as much.  I’ve been to many buffet weddings that had no seating charts and it worked out fine.  It’s really only for supper anyway because people tend to move during the reception.

    That being said, I do appreciate a seating chart for the most part.  It lets the guests not have to stress out about finding seats with people they know. 

    Post # 9
    738 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    As a guest, I really prefer a seating chart.  It’s nice to already be seated with people I know.  Plus it rules out the awkward situation of having tables with only 1 seat left and a couple needing to split up.

    Post # 10
    11379 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @cml:  i know that it can be a bit of a headache but i believe that it is so worth it.  your guests will truly appreciate it and you will feel better knowing that your guests aren’t scrambling around the room not knowing where to sit.

    Post # 11
    87 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I’ve been going back and fourth about seating charts, but I plan on having one. As much as I dread coming up with one I feel like it just makes it easier for your guests. 

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