Post # 16
NolaBride30: One of my best friends (wedding was in June) had a cocktail style reception with limited seating. I didn’t love it. I get the idea behind it, but it just didn’t work. The wedding party was exhausted when we finally arrived to the reception and having a designated place for people to sit during the dinner portion would have been nice. In fact, I believe one of the groom’s grandparents (or something like that) had words with my friend’s mom over not having enough seating when there were so many elderly guests. It was only one of many reasons I didn’t enjoy her reception.
Post # 17
Yes I know a couple who invited their entire church congregation to a very small venue, probably thinking not many of them would show. But boy, did they. Not only was there not enough seating, they also ran completely out of food. They didnt have professional caterers, they just had family make all their buffet dishes. It was less than enjoyable imo. Proves how important it is to have rsvp cards, head counts, seating charts, and someone doing general event planning. And proper catering.
Post # 18
Just once and it was a very unpleasant experience. The people who did manage to get seats hogged and saved them for family members or friends. A set up like this is not considerate for longer than the length of a cocktail hour, and even then, seating should be available for people who need it.
Post # 19
I have never been, but I truly think it’s a poor idea. Usually by the time cocktail hour is over, my feet are killing me! If I had to STAND for hours, I would probably be shoeless and miserable pretty quickly. You really need to have a place for EVERYONE to sit. I get annoyed even when during cocktail hour I don’t have a place to sit.