Post # 1
I’m helping a friend plan her August wedding and had a quick question:
She is planning an outdoor reception with various hors d’oeuvers rather than a full meal. If we’re expecting 250 guests, how much seating should we plan for?
I hate attending weddings without enough seating, since I always end up spilling something as I try to juggle a purse, plate, drink, etc. However, the bride hopes to save money by renting "just enough" table and chairs.
In ya’ll’s expert opinions, how much is "just enough"?
Post # 3
hmm, i’d probably aim for at least enough seats for 80% of the guests attending. i know people that have attended receptions where there weren’t enough seats and the girls especially hated it. mainly because they are on heels ALL day, have their coats/bags/other miscellaneous items to carry with no place to put them, etc.
Post # 4
I agree, when I’ve done this before you end up "sharing" a table with groups and as long as no more than 2 people can’t sit at a time its OK. More than that and its awkward. So I’d guess 80% – 10 at a table (2 without chairs)
Post # 5
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Post # 6
80% is typical for events that don’t have assigned seating. You can also do less than 80% actual seating and then have cocktail tables–these are standing room only, but they allow people to set down a drink and/or food and then stand and chat with free hands. I work at a museum that hosts cocktail parties 4-5 nights a week and this is what they usually do in terms of set up. It also adds visual interest to a room and can save money because you can’t do large flower arrangements on cocktail tables (e.g. they often do large rose arrangements on the 8-10 seater tables and then a votive and flower petals on the cocktail tables).