(Closed) do we have to have a seating chart?

posted 4 years ago in Guests
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’m always an advocate for assigned seating (tables only, not specific seats). I would always worry about a couple having to split up because there weren’t enough seats or a few people being forced to sit with strangers because they showed up late. Yeah, most of your guests may be family but I’m assuming you mean both yours and his. Therefore, there will always be people who don’t know each other. With only 75 guests it shouldn’t be too laboring to make up a seating chart.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

You don’t *have* to have a seating chart, but it will make things a lot easier if you do. If you choose not to, make sure you have extra seats – probably 100 for your 75 guests. This way, if (ex) there are 2 open seats at a table of 6, but a family of 3 wants to sit together, they will have extra seats to choose from. If you only give 75 seats, you’ll likely have people standing which is not cool.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I prefer assigned seating or at least assigned tables. I’ve been to weddings as a singleton without either and it really felt like something out of MS/HS and I was like, the unpopular kid in the cafeteria. 

What’s the holdup on having them? 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I would at least assign tables. You will get all these weird tables with one seat left and a couple being split up. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

I would assign tables.  It is so much easier for a guest to walk in the room, look at a chart and find their table then to stand around wondering where they should sit and if them and their friends can all fit at the same table.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

We aren’t having assigned seating but are having a few extra tables.

I’ve been to plenty of weddings without assigned seating and as  long as there was extra seating it was never a problem.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

Yes. At least do tables. The 1/2 hour of annoyance on your end is better than the annoyance of couples/families being split up for dinner/people having to stake their claim etc on your guests’ end. It makes for a more relaxing time for your guests so IMO it’s part of hosting a big formal/semi formal dinner properly. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

I would assign tables but not seats at the table. No one should be scrambling for seats or saving seats at other people’s expense, both of which are potential problems when you don’t have assigned tables at minimum.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

We didnt have assigned seats or tables, but we did make sure we had 2 full tables over our count. That way we didnt run into the situation of couples breaking up or things getting awkward. We also put reserved signs on 5 tables near the front for family so they didnt get lost in the mix! Seemed to work out well and everyone moved around once dancing started anyways! We had about 150 guests! I totally understand the reasoning to assign tables or seats too though, just wanted to pipe in that we didn’t and had no issues! Just make sure you have extra tables and space! 🙂 

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Assigned tables help move your timeline along! Instead of people wondering around for 30 minutes trying to decide where to sit, it is already mapped out. It saves a TON of time that can be added to the party! 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

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jannigirl:  We had wedding/ceremony at the same place and we did assigned tables as a courtesy to our guests. 

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