(Closed) Do we need a seating plan??

posted 11 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
4485 posts
Honey bee

The size does not matter. I have seen events with anywhere from 10-50 people that needed a seating arrangement. Since you have no idea how many people will be attending or who specifically, you will have to have a ton of extra seating which will cost money. There is also no way to predict how much food you will need either which is an important thing to know. The fact that it is a buffet does not matter because you still need a seating arrangement. Without a seating arrangement, you will have chaos. Couples and families always get split up. Since you are having an open invitation where anyone can show up, a seating arrangement is going to be impossible so you need to decide which you would rather have: a ton of people inviting others by word of mouth or having a seating arrangement.

Post # 4
144 posts
Blushing bee

Maybe it is because of where I am from but I have never been to a wedding that has a seating chart so I don’t think it will be a big deal.  Plus, you have no idea how many people are coming so you will have to order more chairs and tables than you would expect to so I don’t imagine people would have to split up from their partners. 

Post # 5
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

It sounds like you’ll have a pretty laid back reception!

Maybe you could ‘reserve’ some tables for family or specific guests (especially older folks come to mind) and then let the rest be free for all?

Post # 7
1102 posts
Bumble bee

I don’t know how you’d do a seating plan without knowing who is actually coming, or when. I might reserve a couple of tables for family and bridal party, but apart from that I wouldn’t worry about it!

Post # 8
113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We aren’t doing a formal seating plan. It will just be a few reserved tables and then everyone else can sort it out. Since we are having a buffet we really don’t need it from a food service stand point. Mostly though, I am just lazy and don’t feel like trying to figure out who should sit next to who. I have enough to do and I really don’t care where people sit.

Post # 9
13561 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I would for sure have reserved tables for the Wedding Party and close family. You don’t want any of them getting stuck at a less-than-ideal table. 🙂

Post # 10
118 posts
Blushing bee

I’ve got to give you credit for being so cool about this. You said that there’s 100 or so people that have given you a definite YES and after that people may or may not show. I would be going absolutely crazy trying to figure out the logistics of what and how much is needed without knowing a total number of guests. As long as you and your fiance are happy with this set up, don’t worry about assigned seating (I don’t really know how you could accommodate this anyway without knowing even how many guests will be there). I do like some of the previous posts’ ideas of making at least a few reserved tables for the wedding party and immediate families.

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