(Closed) Cocktail Style Reception: Seating?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 18
43 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009 - The Marvimon House

i think that will work out fine!
at our venue, the long dinner table will spread out into the dance floor.  so after dinner, about half of the dinner tables need to be broken down.  at this point the outside area wil become a cocktail lounge, with two large couches and 4 or so high cocktail tables.  anyway, only about half the guests will still have their “dinner table seating” and outside there will be seating for about 30% more.  i’m not worried about it at all!  we want people to dance the night away!!

Post # 19
2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Yeah, definitely don’t worry about having a "seat" for everyone. When I think cocktail reception, I think… mixing and mingling. Not everyone has a seat when you go out to the bar and it doesn’t mean they are leaving early. Plus, at a cocktail reception, everyone won’t be eating at the same time. No worries, I think it will be great!

Post # 20
40 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

We are having a cocktail style reception also. We decided that we would have seating for half of the guests and that we will not be using a seating chart. 

How did you guys do “direct” your guests, that there is no seating chart and to sit if you feel the need?

Post # 21
987 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

It’s difficult for people to stand up eating (especially in heels) and then expect them to party/dance for hours on end at a wedding.  At a wedding last year my mother left early because she was tired of standing and felt annoyed the younger people didn’t stand to give her a seat!  I think if it’s kept as a short reception it would be fine. 

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