(Closed) small ceremony/reception seating dilemma

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
Member
1110 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

If you went with smaller tables, could you sit at one of them, rather than a sweetheart table?  Are there a few close people (i.e. parents, siblings) who you could sit with?

Personally I am not a fan of the long banquet tables as it can cause people to be stuck between two conversations.

Post # 4
Member
6 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m having a small ceremony and reception as well (45 people) and was thinking that 3 or so longer tables with one sweetheart table would be the best bet. My only worry is that if we have three tables, that they’d end up naturally diving themselves up by my family, his family, and friends, and we don’t want that – I’m not planning on doing seating arrangements for 45 people, they’re all adults. Not yet sure.

Post # 5
Hostess
8587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Ours is smallish. We are estimating anythwere from 45-60 people.

We are doing a 14 person head table and roughly 8 tables of 5 [they arent big round table, they are a tad smaller], that seats 54.. if for some reason we have more than that , we’ll just add a chair to each table.

Post # 6
Member
3627 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We had a small wedding, though not quite as small as yours. I would just go with smaller tables if it means the groups “fit” better (meaning you aren’t stuck pairing great grandma Lois with your college BFF Jane). We had uneven numbers of people at each of our tables, ranging from six to nine, as it was more important to us that each table had a good time rather than us cramming the maximum at each table. We had a sweethearts table as well and I liked that a lot. A DW I went to with only 28 guests or so had a sweethearts table too and they just mingled with everyone when they weren’t eating. Despite having more guests than you, we had plenty of opportunities to mingle at every table.

I think the long banquet tables look good in photos and sound good in theory, but I don’t think it increases the amount of socializing since you really only will interact with your immediate left/right and the three people in front of you (front left, front center, front right). As PP noted, it does cause people to be stuck in multiple conversations.

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