(Closed) Did you or are you having assigned seating at the recption?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Assigned seating at the recpeption
    We had assigned seating : (13 votes)
    21 %
    We assigned tables but not seats : (35 votes)
    56 %
    No assigned seating to make it easier : (9 votes)
    15 %
    We did not assign seats but wished we had : (0 votes)
    Hate it and would not do that to my guests : (1 votes)
    2 %
    Other, will explain below : (4 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    128 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I’m not married yet, but we’re planning to just assign tables. I’ve been to many weddings in the past and it has always worked out very well using this technique.

    Post # 4
    2324 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2018

    If we were having a sit-down dinner, we would totally assign tables and probably seats. BUT, we’re doing a more interactive station type buffet with limited table seating and a couple of lounge areas. It just fits our venue better, even though I love the idea of a big sitdown dinner. 🙁

    Post # 5
    1896 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

    We did a sit-down dinner with assigned tables, but not assigned seats.  I just didn’t feel the need for this level of specificity!

    Post # 6
    2856 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    Not married yet either (but will be in 16 days!) but we only did assigned tables. It is a little relaxed this way but with some structure.

    Post # 7
    4465 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I’m planning on assigning tables but not seats.  That’s how it’s been at the weddings I’ve been to and it seems to work out fine.

    Post # 8
    399 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    Ours is more like KateMW’s reception: hors d’oeuvres stations and more of a cocktail party atmosphere, but if I were having a sit-down dinner, I would definitely assign tables.  I have worked at weddings without this and it gets to be a bit chaotic as people stake out their tables.  You end up with some people moving chairs to squeeze into a table with their friends and some tables that are half empty.

    Post # 9
    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Assigned tables all the eway. Otherwise everyone is scrambling for their seats and families get split up or people end up sitting with family they shouldn’t (divorced family memebers with their ex husband’s immediate family? let’s not go there) and some people just don’t know how close to the front they shoudl or shouldn’t be sitting.

    It turns into everyone being all “i want to sit with so-and so…let’s edge towarsd the door” and then a scramble for chairs.

    Post # 10
    6009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    We had a sit-down dinner for about 60 people.  Only immediate family and some special guests were assigned tables; everyone else just picked where they wanted to sit.  The only thing I regret is that two very good friends of the family ended up sitting in the back at a table all by themselves.  🙁  They only sat there alone for dinner and then my dad and some other friends moved over to sit with them, but I did feel kinda bad.

    Post # 11
    1956 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

    I chose the assigned seating option on the poll bc I thought that’s what assigning tables meant, didn’t realize there was a seperate option…So we will be having assigned tables but let the guests choose where they want to sit at each table…I’ve never been to a wedding or event where each seat was designated for a certain guest!

    Post # 12
    1220 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    I’m probably going to just do tables.  Although I’d love to be a little OCD and do seats. 🙂

    Post # 13
    952 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    We’re assigning tables, but not seats.

    Post # 14
    349 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I’m totally in favor of assigned tables (not seats) because I think it’s just one thing you can do ahead of time that makes it easier for everyone. Yes, it’s a headache for you, but I think it actually makes other guests feel comfortable, especially when it’s a larger wedding (anything over 80 people). Sometimes it’s weird for people to just join a table of strangers they don’t know. But you, knowing most of your guests, can seat them next to people you think they’ll hit it off with, or at least, be able to make conversation with.

    Post # 15
    685 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I *think* we’re having assigned seating.  Our venue will allow guests to enter directly into the room and so it’ll become a first come first serve deal for the best view.  We have certain older guests who are hampered physically and we would like to ensure they have a proper view. 

    Also, I know this is pretty uncommon but we have seen couples bargaining to have two seats together.  Haha, maybe it’s a regional thing, but people love leaving one empty seat between themselves and the next guest.  Just want to avoid any awkwardness.

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