(Closed) Has Anyone Gone Without Reserved Seating?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 32
9596 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

depending how many people you have, this could work.

i went to a cocktail reception with 50 people.  there were 4 tables with chairs, some high tops, and benches.  in was in a room that lead out to a courtyard. 

we mostly stood in the courtyard area around a hightop except when we had to get food from the one room.

it worked for this wedding.

i have never been to another wedding where this would have worked.

Post # 33
104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Ok, so I’ve been going back and forth with whether or not I want assigned seating.  Of course a huge part of me says it’s easier not too, and since I have a smallish group, under 65, it shouldn’t be a problem.  When I attend holiday parties or business events with hundreds of people, there are never any assigned seats.  Why are weddings different?  

We are having a buffet dinner and I intend to have at least 2 extra tables to accomadate people who want to sit toghether that might not have room at a particular table.  My biggest concern is how to release the tables to go up to the buffet.  If I number the tables, everyone will rush the lower numbered tables.   If I give them themed type of labels, no one will know which tables will go first.  But I can’t come up with a cute, appropriate theme for the table “numbering.”  I’m still deciding what I want to do though.

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