(Closed) Do I NEED to have reserved seating for bridal party?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Yes I would reserve them tables because what happens is they’ll be with you and your family taking pictures and the rest of the guests will go inside and sit down until you get done.  The other guests will take up the tables and then your wedding party may or may not have plenty of seats to sit together.  I would just have the wedding party and their dates reserved seats.  Their parents and their friends can gather at other tables with the rest of the wedding.  That’s what I’ve seen lately.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I would say yes.  vintage2010 made some really good points.  I recently attended a wedding where there were no reserved seats for the bridal party, so when they got there, they all had to sit at some table in the corner of the room (including the bride and groom)!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree, you should definitely reserve seats for the wedding party.  Their parents can fend for themselves, but you want to make sure they end up with seats, especially if you’re not really sure how many people will be coming!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

I think it’s definitely a good idea.  I’ve only been to one wedding with assigned seating and it was kind of difficult to navigate.  Because the bridal party will be coming in after everyone else (when they’re announced, I’m guessing), they won’t be able to save spots for themselves.  I think it’s smart to set someplace aside for them, so they don’t just have to split up and take the empty seats at tables around the room.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I am actually going to say no you don’t need to do reserved seating.  It seems like culturally this is not something that typically happens.  I would just be SURE to tell your bridal party "Make sure your Mom/Dad/Brother/Husband/Wife saves you a seat at their table when they get their seat."  Simple as that. It seems as if you are having a bit of a smaller wedding, so it really shouldn’t be terrible. From what you wrote it looks like they would rather sit with their families, which as long as it’s fine with you — should be how it goes.  Hope that helped even though I’m going against everyone else! 🙂 

 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

It will just be easier for you to reserve the seats, that way you won’t worry about it.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Gracez, I am hispanic also and we’ve decided to go ahead and do assigned seating. We will have a head table so that takes care of the bridal party and spouses, but I am also going to be sure you have reserved signs for our parents and stuff. We ultimately ended up doingthis because I don’t want people to scatter out and then for it to turn in to a mess. Of course, I want to be sure that if anything our parents and close family have the closest seats as well.

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