Post # 1
So for my wedding I was envisioning a fairly casual, backyard BBq type reception. The guest list would be small, inviting under 60 people. I would also skip many of the formal things, like having a bridal party, having a bridal table, making toasts, and having a formal sit-down dinner. I more just wanted to have enough seating for everyone and for people to be able to sit where they please, get their own food (my dad is cooking chicken and steak, and everything else will be hors de ouvres and a few sides), or even stand and eat hors de ouvres if they would like. The only scheduled event of the evening I would not want to omit is the first dance (I love dancing) which people don’t really need to be seated for anyways.
Has anyone done a reception without assigned seats/tables? Did it turn out okay?
Post # 2
I had a small wedding (60 guests) with no assigned seats/tables. We had plenty of extra seats – I think we had 80 seats for the 60 guests. And we did do reserved tables for our wedding party and each of the parents hosted a table, otherwise people could sit wherever they wanted. It worked out perfectly. Everyone could sit with their whole party (no families or couples split up) and with whoever they wanted. Honestly, when we did table visits I noticed that pretty much everyone was sitting with who I probably would have ended seating them with on a seating chart anyway.
Post # 3
I think it’s fine if you have extra seating like previous poster. There’s always one or two extra seats when people pick their own seats. It my experience that means some people may get stuck standing while they’re eating. If a lot of your guests know each other then it’s probably not a big deal.
Post # 4
Personally I wouldn’t. I’d hate to be wandering for a seat and having to ask people to move up si that me and DH can sit and people have left odd seats between different groups. Fine if everyone knows everyone but if you’ve got people who don’t know everyone but I’d find it stressful.
We had a casual reception. We did numbered tables for food but after quickly everyone just moved around and it was fine.
Post # 5
Stephanie Ann :
I don’t think I will be having numbered tables either, probably just a sweetheart table, as I want everyone to feel comfortable and hang out with their SO’s. I’m envisioning family gathering with a wedding thrown in lol
Post # 6
Stephanie Ann :
- Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club
For the type of wedding you’re having, I think it would work better to not assign seating!
Post # 7
If you were to do extra seats what would you do about food? We wanted sharing platters on the tables, which would mean extra food (potentially an extra 20 portions) although to be fair I did want to over cater rather than under, I’m not sure I wanted to do that much more.
Post # 8
We will not have assigned seating at our wedding either. We are having about 70 people for a BBQ on a farm. We want our families to mingle and enjoy themselves. Both of our families are social people so I don’t see not having assigned seats as being an issue. I will have reserved tables for my mom and his mom and dad. I want people to feel comfortable and hang out. We will have lawn games during cocktail hour to give people time to mingle and get to no one another.
Post # 9
This was actually me but at a different account.
The food is being provided by me and my family/friends (true barbeque/potluck style) so the tables won’t be served by seat. Any extra food we will have for leftovers or allow guests to take home!
Post # 10
my family is mostly without seating plan kind of weddings. Really chill and every one kind of migrates around and visits other tables. Food is usually a buffet or served at a central location. As long as you have more seating than people attending, you are fine.
I on the other hand, have limited space/seating. So i will have to make a seating plan – not looking forward to that.
Post # 11
i wouldnt. We arent having any table numbers however we are replacing that with our favorite quotes.
Post # 12
We did not do assigned seating, but we did number the tables! That way the DJ could let tables go eat in order, instead of pointing at a table and being like, “You! Your turn!”