(Closed) Do we need designated tables?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Are you having a buffet dinner?

Typically when you don’t assign seating you need more seats and tables because people won’t fill the tables in order to sit with who they want.

Post # 5
921 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

if you have family that dosent get along with eachother very well or think they are more important than others (like your cousin sits where your mom should because she thinks shes a vip) then i would. we are only having 50 and have assigned seats for the exact cousin thing…

Post # 6
4419 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@kcoconut:  We’re having 70 guests at our reception this Saturday.  At first we weren’t going to have a seating chart, but then we decided it would be easier to have a seating chart for a few reasons…

Our guests don’t have to worry about getting a good seat. There won’t be any saving seats by tipping up the chairs or putting jackets on them. Couples won’t be separated because they came in late and couldn’t find a seat together.  We could set exactly the number of place settings at each table according to how many are sitting there. Otherwise, we had to have 8 at each table and would have had to pay extra for the extra place settings of china, so it saved us money. 

After dinner, they can get up and move around to sit with different people, but for dinner, we have have assigned seating.

Post # 7
3482 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I would recommend it, even though it’s a pain in the butt. It saves your guests the trouble of milling about looking for a seat, and if there are a few people who don’t know many others, they don’t end up just sitting off on their own because they don’t want to infringe on anyone else’s table.

We sat several pairs together who didn’t know each other or anyone else at the wedding, and by the end of the night they were adding each other to Facebook and making plans to hang out!

Post # 8
4583 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We’re expecting about 70 guests and we’re assigning tables. It’s much easier for the guests. Fiance and I always feel awkward at weddings where we’re on our own for where to sit.

Post # 10
1046 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@JoJo Bananas: excellent point on people not filling the tables!

Post # 11
470 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Ugh, I had a whole seating chart planned and then nobody got to the reception hall in time to put out my cards and it was a free for all nightmare.  Do a seating chart!

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