Post # 1
I’m getting married on New Year’s Eve (getting close!) and figuring out the seating during the dinner/reception has stumped me. RSVPs have been coming in (for awhile now) and people/couples/families have selected between our two entrees. The thing is, we didn’t think to have them tell us on the RSVPs who in the couple/family was getting which entree, just the number of people getting what entree (sorry…does that make sense?). How can I go about organizing this for the wait staff at the hotel where we’re getting married/having the reception at? I didn’t want to force seating, but I want to make the lives of those working and serving as easy as possible. Any suggestions or tips for how to work around this? Thanks!
Post # 3
@KatiePi: If you don’t want to assign seating, you can still have escort /placecards.
You can have a sign indicating which color sticker is for which entree (you might even find chicken, fish etc stickers) and ask each guest to place the corresponding color sticker on their escort card , then place it on the table in front of them. The wait staff will know which entree they ordered by the sticker.
Post # 4
@julies1949: What a simple and great idea! Thank you!
Post # 5
@KatiePi: One thing to consider about PP’s suggestion is that people often either don’t remember what they ordered on their RSVP or might decide to change their mind on the day. I’ve worked quite a few weddings and people try to to this even when their escort card right in front of them tells them what they ordered! It has potential to really throw things off.
You could always reach out to your guests and just ask 🙂
Post # 6
@medbride: i 100% agree. it could be a potential nightmare. i too worked many weddings years ago.
@KatiePi: do yourself, your guests and your waitstaff a favour, find out what dish goes to which person and assign the seating. i know that you said that you didn’t want assigned seating but if you are having the guests choose an entree, how will the staff know how many beefs and how many chickens go to table 9?
think about it this way, the more organized you are, the more efficient the waitstaff will be. if the service is poor, it may reflect poorly on you and your wedding. i know you do not want that. remember, a good dining experience will set the tone for the rest of the evening.
Post # 7
Yeah, that was something we were worried about too. I worked as a server all through college and know how incredibly frustrating it was when people forgot what they ordered, and that was just lunch or dinner! We’re having a smallish wedding (70 guests) so it would be simple to just check. Thanks!