(Closed) HELP! Lounge/Cocktail Style Reception Seating….

posted 11 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Beautiful venue!  If I were you, I’d definitely have the tables reserved for the wedding party, family and any elderly guests who may need seating.  Other than that, stick with the atmosphere and make it open seating.  Everyone will be mingling and walking around anyway if you are sticking with a cocktail reception menu.  I think it will be a lot easier on you and more comfortable for the guests if you leave it open.

Post # 4
4485 posts
Honey bee

Have open seating and make sure there is a seat (including a table) for each and every guest. There is nothing more awkward than trying to juggle a purse, a plate, a drink and have a free hand to eat/drink with at the same time, as it is impossible to do so. The same is true if there are just seats available and no tables. Yes people will mill around and mingle but many prefer to park themselves while they mingle with others.

Post # 5
1134 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Are you serving a meal or just cocktails and snacks? If it is just a cocktail type reception, than I think open seating is okay for the rest of the guests. Just put a reserved sign on the tables for your family and wedding party, and I think a cute sign for the open style seating would be great! Nice venue!

Post # 6
3098 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I would definitely leave the lounge areas as open seating… I think it would be difficult to assign seats at non-tables, and people probably won’t stay at them anyway. That venue is awesome, btw!

Post # 8
2777 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I agree with other posters. I’d have certain tables reserved for the wedding party and the rest as open seating. It’ll give people a chance to sit with others they may not sit with and mingle and chat.

Although I am biased – I’m doing the same thing myself! Although your venue is super stunningly gorgeous!

Post # 9
972 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

WOW! Beautiful venue! Open seating is perfect!

Post # 10
4023 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Awesome place!!!! I would reserve for wedding party, and family and stuff, like you said, but other than that, I would have open seating for sure.

Post # 11
5278 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

WOW seriously that venue is SUPER AWESOME! I LOVE IT!!!!!!

Since its a cocktail/ loungy reception, def go with no assigned seating, for the exception of the Wedding Party. I like the idea of having a cute poem or sign that lets guests know they can sit wherever they would like.


Post # 12
2530 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

That is absolutely incredible!!! I think youll be fine with open seating

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