(Closed) Exact number of tables we need or should we have 1 more in case more show up?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Honey bee

Only have seating available for the invited guests. It’s rude to show up unannounced with uninvited guests. It doesn’t matter how many you expect. How many are invited? People will surprise you all the time and travel to your wedding, regardless of the distance, despite what others will insist on telling you to believe.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Date twin!

We’re having 2 extra tables. But we’re not doing assigned seating, so this is basically to let people have some extra seat options since left on their own, people probably won’t fill all seats.

However, if you are doing a seating chart, I wouldn’t do an extra table. If they haven’t figured out now, two weeks out, they most likely won’t come. Or at least that’s what I’m going with for our wedding!

Post # 6
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Honey bee

Open seating is generally a chaotic nightmare. At the very least, assign everyone to a table and then they can pick which seat they want. Your guests will thank you for easing their stress level, since open seating splits up couples/families and makes everyone feel like they are in the high school cafeteria again.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@loveknows: You just have to know your guests. Open seating is the norm in our area. I’ve been to only one wedding in my life with assigned tables and it was out of town. We just place a few reserved signs on certain tables for family and everyone else finds a seat. I’ve never been to a wedding where there’s been any chaos regarding seating. But if the majority of your guests are used to and are expecting assigned tables, I’d go for that.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I defnitely think it’s rude to show up unannounced to a wedding  you didn’t rsvp to, but my concern would be, what if they do actually show up.  are you going to turn them away?  are you going to say stay but you have no seat?  or are you then going to have to scramble around trying to find a place for them?  if it’s going to be the last one, i feel like you should make a backup plan now

 

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper

Honestly, I would just give a quick phone call to those who are still on the fence.  I believe it’s rude not to RSVP and I’m pretty sure they know at this point whether they’re coming or not.  I wouldn’t have an extra table.  Also, I’ve heard from a lot of bees that often there are a few people who RSVP’d yes but were unable to make it at the last minute.  So in the case that happens, you’ll have your extra seats available for your “maybe” list.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Maybe half full two or three tables so any extra people that show up will have a spot. For example seat 5 or 6 people at those tables so that couples and/or families could still sit together. That would leave space for your 4 or 5 undecided guests.

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