(Closed) Alternatives to assigned seating

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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393 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve never been to a wedding with assigned seats, but i do not plan on doing it, but at the same time, when its not assigned, its chaos, and a pain in the ass to find seats, i have no ideas, but can’t wait to hear other people’s ideas!

Post # 4
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484 posts
Helper bee

You could assign tables but not specific seats at the table. Be careful of not assigning anything though because it can make it awkward for guests trying to find seats. For example, a couple might be the last to sit down and there are only 2 seats left at separate tables. Or the only seats left for a couple friends are at a table with grandparents or something.

Post # 5
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393 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Thats exactly the problem i have alowha, when I go to weddings, its hard to find 2 seats together, let alone 4 if i bring my kids! Haven’t had to cross that bridge yet though, lol.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

we are doing assigned tables but not assigned seats. we are having a 120 person wedding and there is seating for 128. we don’t want people to not be able to find seats.

on another note, i’ve been to some weddings where i was in the extended family (cousins usually), so we took some family photos. we were typically in the last group to arrive at the reception and have, on numerous occasions, had a VERY difficult time finding a place to sit. we’re not immediately family and we aren’t wedding party. huge pain!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m curious about this—our wedding is planned as a casual cocktail-party-style shindig, and we had not planned to have table seats for everyone (chairs, yes, but the tables need to be inside whereas the music/food/bar will be outside, so our caterer had suggested high cocktail tables outside that people could stand around, with some chairs ringing the outdoor area for those who want to sit but don’t want to go inside). We pretty much assumed that the tables would be used by older family, etc. It’s hard to imagine how we might assign tables in this scenario….but now I’m wondering if we need to in some way? Any other creative ideas on how to manage this in a situation like that?

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