(Closed) Free for All or Assigned Seating

posted 9 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Which do you prefer?

    Assigned Seating

    Free for All

    I'm happy either way

  • Post # 32
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Well, we ended up doing assigned seating for 160, per my mother’s request.  If I had anything to say about it, I would’ve chosen free for all, BUT all that being said, I think my mother was right. The hard work was worth it – people came into the room, and sat down without fretting over who was sitting next to who!

    Post # 33
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    1231 posts
    Bumble bee

    When I think of assigned seating, i just assume giving each table a number or whatever and putting people at it, not actually designating a seat. I have never seen that before, do people actually do that? I’m just wondering. As a guest, I prefer to be told what table to sit at, makes finding somewhere to sit take less time.

    Glad you made a decision OP! A chart is a great way to do it!

    Post # 34
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    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    Every wedding I have attended has had free for all seating and been mass chaos as a result. Also, you have the awkwardness that most folks feel should have been left behind in high school when searching for a table to sit at, because couples and familes always get split up and end up having to sit with people they don’t know or don’t like.

    The size of your guest list is irrelevent since this happens even in small groups at holiday dinners at home. Assign everyone to a table and let them pick their seat. They will all thank you for going this extra mile to make them comfortable.

    Post # 35
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    405 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I did assigned seating.  We had about 250 people and I had some comments from people that it made them feel like they “belonged” and they didn’t have to worry about being a straggler or sitting with complete strangers.  Its not too hard to do either.  I gave my Mother-In-Law their family, my mom our family and then Fiance and I did our own friends.  There was a little moving around but it worked out in the end! 

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