(Closed) Assigned or open seating?? Help!

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

150 people? Nooooo…Not into the open seating with that many. 

I say that as a guest to a wedding where they had open seating, and had the fun reenactment of Jr. High lunch hour, being the guest that didn’t know too many people. Awkward. And by the way, people SCRAMBLED for seats like it was musical chairs–remember that before 150 peeps trample grandma!

 

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

As a guest, I HATE when seating is open. It really ruins the flow of the evening and complicates seating. Plus, you need extra tables and chairs and centerpieces, which all cost money.

People will rush in to get seats they want with people they want and then families and friends will be split up or will try to squeeze in at full tables.

Do the seating chart and tell your dad to calm down.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m so pro-open seating, but only with smaller weddings… unfortunately, I think 150 people is too many not to have assigned seating, or at least assigned tables… 

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@emarieBride:  I was recently at a wedding with open seating for about 150. Pandemonium. There were 7 of us trying to sit at a table for 4. Darling Husband and I got there first and we lucky to snag a table at all, and then we spent the next 20 minutes telling countless couples that the other two seats were taken as they walked away wondering where the F they would sit. Also, if a group got up from a good table and didn’t leave lots of stuff there to hold it (like, say while they went to the buffet), others came in and took the table. No joke. The average guest was a full grown, mature adult.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@mrsSonthebeach: Plus, you need extra tables and chairs and centerpieces, which all cost money.

This to me is the biggest issue. I plan a formal event annually for 250 with open seating and we always leave theequivalent of two empty seats at each table of 8 for wiggle room. Which is having 41 tables instead of 32. Not my money there so I don’t really care but at a personal event I’d hate to have to buy 9 extra tables worth of stuff just to have that wiggle room 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I’m doing open seating….I have never been to a weeding with assigned seating. My sister-in-law had opening seating at her wedding and it went well. I don’t see anything wrong with it, I have a problem with people trying to out me with people “they think” I will enjoy sitting with. All the weddings I been to open sitting went well.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Also, I’m just reserving table for my parents, his parents, and grandparents. By The Way, My sister-in-law had about 175 people with open sitting….I didn’t see any problems and no complients.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I’m having 150-175 people. I’m going to make the signs on the table that says “Reserved”. I don’t see where the confusion would be….maybe coming down to the food. But that’s why you have servers I think we are going to have 6-10 servers and they are going to split the room. I making placecards, but I’m putting what type of meal they wanted….for instance if Jane Doe want Chicken, my Hostess will give her the place card that states “chicken”. That way the servers know who wants what. I’m also to lazy to do a seating chart. I think it takes up to much time to try to figure who is sitting with who. And I don’t want to make people sit with people. It’s too much work….at least for me it is! LOL

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

You could assign people to tables but let them select their own chairs. That’s what we’re planning to do.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee

Non assigned seating also leaves the possibility that your boss will end up sitting beside your cousin who has had too much to drink, or your college roomate who may tell stories about you that you wouldn’t want your boss to hear.

There is always pandamonium in a non assigned seating environment, with people trying to get “good” seats, couples and groups getting seperated, people having to go around asking if these seats are free.

I would do assigned tables, but let guests choose seats. 

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