(Closed) Anyone NOT do place cards?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We are not doing assigned seatings. We’re expecting about 100 people. There’s been assigned seating only at about 3 of the last 6 or 8 weddings I’ve gone to, and while some of those have been pretty casual, some have also been relatively dressy.

For our reception we are asking the venue coordinator and a friend of ours to help folks choose a seat quickly and without leaving too many solo empty seats.  Normally folks will do what other folks ask them to, even if they’re not an official employee or anything.  

I think if it’s a very formal wedding or if you’re having plated meals, it’s a lot harder to get away without a seating chart.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I think no matter how casual the reception or how many guests there will be, assigned tables are needed. There could be chair-grabbing to make sure everyone who wants to sit together is together, resulting in over-crowded tables and near-empty tables. Also, I’ve been at a function with 100+ people with no assigned tables and what I mentioned above happened, and because Fiance and I didn’t know anyone else, we were all alone at a table with people grabbing our chairs. It was very lonely and awkward.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think seating assignments adds more stress to you.  They are all capable people, I’m sure, and can find seats just fine.  I think I would be worried about people being seated together that didn’t want to sit together.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We are having a buffet, no assigned seating, sit where you like, sit on the floor, sit on the gras…I know I will x

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@mspartridge:  I had 13 people at my reception dinner and even then that was a headache to sort out. I didn’t do placeholders, but I arrived early so I could play traffic controller when the rest of my guests arrived.

I don’t know about 60-70 people, but I would think placeholders would be a better idea for that number of people >_<

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@mspartridge:  We plan grouping people by family and then friends. Instead of doing placecards they’ll bring with them to the table, we’re going to do a big sign that is labled by table number/name and the guest names will be underneath.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We are not doing a seating chart either, about 325 guests, they drive my dad NUTS.  He hates them, and neither of us are partial either way.  We are reserving some tables for specified people.  A table for grandparents, and one for parents and siblings.  And then my Dad is doing one for his work friends, since they will not know anyone else.   We feel people are usually good at figuring it out. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@mspartridge:  Meh, if it’s not the norm where you’re at, don’t bother. I’ve been to dozens of weddings and only 1 with a seating chart. I didn’t know seating charts for weddings even existed until weddingbee – seems to be a regional thing. I’ve been to 300+ guest weddings with open seating and it’s always perfectly fine. Reserve tables up front for family and let others deal and have a few extra tables to accomodate groups.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve been to two weddings where there was no assigned seating. One was tiny (like 30 people???) and the other was still rather small (70-80?). Both of them were super casual buffets with a lot of various sizes of tables. It was awkward at the first one because we didn’t know anyone else so we had to plop down at a table with equally confused, awkward people. The second one, we sat with small group of people we already knew and claimed a spot.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@mspartridge:  I’ve been to a banquet table wedding and it didn’t go smoothly, either. People sitting in the middle, resulting in uneven amounts on either side of them, making people break up their groups (husband/wife/kids). With banquet tables, then placecards would be needed to avoid that.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Nope, we’re not having assigned seating either. Feels too much like elementary school. We’re putting “reserved” signs on the two tables for the wedding party, and that’s it. There’s only about 75 people coming anyway, so it’s okay. Besides, we’re not doing plated meals.

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