(Closed) Cocktail reception…seating for everyone?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Peronally I would say you just need a little seating for those that are elderly, or if someone who has been wearing heels all day would like to sit down.  I don’t think you require a seet for EVERYONE, but a couple dozen seats might be nice.  But if you are having a sit down dinner in the same space, I think you will generally have people wandering toward their seats, and some will sit down the whole time.. but I think most will mingle.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Hey JennM21,

I’m doing the exact same thing. I have about 160 guests so we’re doing 10 round tables to seat 100 ppl and 4 sets a lounge furniture that will seat about 48 ppl in total. There will also be a few high top tables. The elderly and family members with kids will have reserved seats, all the other seats will not be assigned.

I want ppl to mingle as well. I’m not sure why the tables were set at ur tasting, there’s no need for table settings for a cocktail reception. But as far as the champagne toast u could just have the waiters pass the flutes out to everyone where they are. Thats what we’re doing. I hope this helps!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

We’re havng seating for everyone with the same style of reception. I think if you don’t, you should be prepared for people to leave early.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yea I agree with @smyley. While u want to encourage mingling, u dont want ppl to be uncomfortable. The women will be wearing heels, carrying a purse and possibly and camera and/or shawl. It would be difficult and uncomfortable for them to balance all of that while walking around/standing in heels all night with a plate of food and a drink to boot!

Make sure that you have enough seating for the majority of your guests, especially the elderly. I think that with the cocktail reception atmosphere guests will definitely want to mingle. However, when you add on the lounge furniture and hightop tables guests will be sure to get the vibe and also enjoy it because its different and fun.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

I agree with the PP…I personally really dislike not having a seat. It’s uncomfortable to stand for hours, especially in heels, and when there’s not enough seating, it makes me feel like the bride and groom didn’t consider their guests’ comfort. Cocktail tables also tend to get monopolized by only a couple people, so they might not provide as much of a seating alternative as you think.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

So sorry OP, I misunderstood the question.  What you are going to do will be perfect!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

Yeah, I think you said it.  You need to ask the wedding coordinator what’s up.  People might start thinking they’ll be getting dinner if there are place settings. 

I think there was probably a misunderstanding with the place setting being set up for you.  And if they were planning on putting place settings out, myabe jsut ask them to change it, or just put out small plates and champagne flutes.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I would say you want to have seating for everyone, because even if people don’t sit, they’ll want a place to put their stuff (coats, bags, whatever…)

Post # 12
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Honey bee

Yes you need seating for everyone. Even though some people may not sit down the entire time, at least there would be enough chairs if they decided to. Plus, they need somewhere to park their stuff. It is beyond impossible to eat and drink (balancing a plate and glass) with both hands full, plus holding a purse and somehow having a free hand available that doesn’t exist.  Forcing any percentage of people to stand does not encourage mingling at all but only makes them upset enough to leave early.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I am having an albeit smaller reception (60 people), but just cocktail and hors doeurves, and no assigned seating. We are having some tall tables where people can set their drinks or appies, and will be providing some seating in case people want sit for a bit, but not enough seating for everyone. We are having it in a house anyway, so its a bit different, because some seating will already be present.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We’re having a cocktail reception – not enough seats for everyone, but with the high cocktail tables, there will be enough “eating space” for people. And as for the champagne toast – either have that served by the staff, or have a special table set up where guests can grab a glass of bubbly when it’s toasting time.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

You definitely need a seat for every person there.  You don’t need to assign seats to people, but if you don’t provide enough chairs, once your guests realize there is a seating shortage they’ll start to lay claim to chairs by draping purses, coats, shawls, etc. over chairs, just to ensure they’ll have a place to sit later on!  Make sure your guests are comfortable and have a place to sit.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We are having cocktail buffet reception and we have about 85-90ppl. The place has seats for 72 people and we can request add. tables. At first, my Fi and I did not consider the option of having two extra tables, but I decided that would be better if everyone has an assigned seat. I just think that it would be nice for ppl and more comfortable. But agian it is your choice.

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