Post # 1
Hello Ladies! First off, Happy 2010 to everyone! I’m having a little trouble deciding on a seating plan for my reception. Here is the deal…my ceremony and reception are held on a rooftop pool lounge overlooking the ocean. The venue will supply us with four tables (I will reserve for wedding party, immediate family etc.) but the rest of the seating is lounge furniture, ottomans, day beds etc. Now here is my dilemma. I really want to have a seating plan for my guests. I really didn’t think about this when we booked the venue! Do I assign lounge areas? I was thinking maybe like VIP sections in a nightclub. Or should I have just some sort of cute poem, clever sign and just have open seating?! SOOOOO confused!
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Post # 3
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
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
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
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 # 7
Thanks! We are having hors d’hoeuvres, petite entrees, and carving/pasta stations. Plenty to eat. I guess it would be hard to seat people without actual tables. They have lots of small “mini tables” and seats throughout, so I think everyone will be able to put their belongings down while drinking and eating. Thanks for the advice!
Post # 8
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
WOW! Beautiful venue! Open seating is perfect!
Post # 10
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
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
That is absolutely incredible!!! I think youll be fine with open seating