(Closed) Assign guests to tables in this situation?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Assigned tables?

    Yes, assign tables but not seats

    Yes, assign tables and seats

    No, let people figure it out themselves

  • Post # 3
    6737 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’d assign tables, but not seats. People are usually respectful enough that if they left 1 seat open and they see a couple approach the table that they’re assigned at, they’ll move over to make room for 2 seats together. 

    Are you hoping 4 people don’t show up or something, though?

    Post # 4
    3274 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    It would be kind of rude to pick four people not to have a seat at a table, but you do want to make sure people can sit together, not have empty seats, etc. Is there any way to add a table or put a couple extra chairs at some of the tables? Then you could assign tables but everyone could still have a seat

    Post # 5
    2947 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 1998

    I think you should at least assign a table for each guest to sit at. It can become really awkward looking for somewhere to sit, at least this way they know what table to sit at.

    Post # 6
    363 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Is there some reason you can’t put 9 chairs at each table instead of 8? 

    Post # 7
    10 posts
    • Wedding: July 2016

    Assigning tables would be best. In most cases, people are considerate enough to move over if necessary. Also, this way you won’t have to put extra thought into who should sit in what seat. The only issue here though is that there seems to be more guests than you have seats for.

    Post # 8
    447 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    How will you pick the 4 people who don’t get a seat?

    Post # 9
    3092 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    This is like the 10th time I voted wrong…I meant to say vote assign tables but not seats…but voted for tables and seats.


    Post # 12
    199 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    The only way to get open seating to work (and I HATE open seating and would never recommend it) is to have some extra seats around, NOT four too few!  Trust me, if people have to eat while standing and balancing their plate and drink…they will NOT be happy.

    Post # 13
    1755 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I’d assign tables and seats.  It’s awkward being the last couple at a table and ending up sitting apart or everyone having to move to accomodate you.  Also, since people don’t know each other, you and your fiance with a bit of help from your families can sit people together that you think have compatable interests.  With 68 guests, it wouldn’t be too hard to match people up so things are more social.

    Post # 14
    1646 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

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    @MrsN14:  +1

    Post # 15
    488 posts
    Helper bee

    I would really try to come up with more chairs. Even if not everyone who RSVP’d shows up, if you assign tables, you still have to pick 4 people to stand… and they are probably going to be standing regardless of whether there are random chairs at tables because thats where they were assigned to be… 

    I would probably be a little put off if I went to a wedding and literally everyone but me and three people were sitting.  If you really can’t find space, I think you will need to pick 4 people you are close to and let them know ahead of time, sort of ask it like a favor. 

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