(Closed) Help! Seating for all vs. 70%

posted 8 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I definitely think you should have seatiing for every person, and if I were one of the people who got stuck out on the balcony while the bride and groom and everyone else was inside, I wouldn’t be happy. I agree that it also sounds chaotic, and more like a cocktail-style dinner rather than a more formal, seated dinner. By stations, do you mean you’re doing buffet? If that’s so, it seems like the people who are seated outside wouldn’t know when to go up for their food, plus, would they be able to see the dance floor for cake cutting and toasts, etc?

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i think it sounds fine. we didn’t have seating assignements at my brothers wedding, and there weren’t any problems at all. honestly i wouldn’t do it at my wedding either but my fi is paranoid about it.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

Really? Seating for only 70%? I might be misunderstaning your post, but that sounds like a terrible idea to me! I’d be pretty pissed to go to a wedding and end up standing to eat or in a different area than the rest of the party. It’s just not very hospitable.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

We didn’t do any seating assignments, but the reason it worked was because we had more than enough tables to account for every table not being full (since groups will not spontaneously arrange themselves into neat groups of 8). The most important thing is that there is room for everyone to put a plate somewhere, plus some. The 70% thing might work as long as other table options are available, such as high tops and seating on the balcony. Will there be chairs for the high-tops and balcony seats?

Post # 7
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681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

It doesn’t sound like the 70% seating is completely ridiculous because of the other seating options available but I don’t know that I would go that route. Not having a place to eat makes me grouchy and want to leave early. I like having a home for my things and a place to just sit down.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

It’s not a big deal, I like what the above person stated. I perfer a more casual eating arrangement. Some like to choose when they eat. And it’s more social not having a sit down dinner.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I don’t know, I think it depends on how many people you have and whether they all know each other. I think I would feel awkward if I ended up at a hightop table on the porch with some other people that I don’t know, while my friends ended up getting a table inside. If you’re having a cocktail-style reception, with just passed food, I think it’s fine. But for a dinner where you have to sit down with a plate, I personally would want to know where my seat is and would like to know the other people at my table, since I’ll be sitting with them while I eat.

Post # 11
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681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I think that sounds great. You can still acquire quite the plate of food with stations and as a guest I appreciate having a place to go and munch. I think it sounds nice to put teenage cousins out there. That way they can eat at their table if they choose or just mill around instead.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I have been to a couple of weddings where the seating is split with some tables inside and some outside.  I think the key is to make sure the music/dj can be heard in both places. 

I think if you do open seating, then you really need like 110% seats.  The problem would be if 7 people sat down at 3 tables, then you are short three seats. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think everyone should be inside.  I wouldn’t like it if I went all the way to a wedding to be stuck at a hightop table or a balcony and not able to see or hear the bride & groom. 

Also, I have been to many weddings where the seating was unassigned.  I hate it at all of them.  It is a pain in the ass.  My FI and I always end up just staying at the table the whole time because we are afraid if we get up someone will grab our spot.  Many times you end up sitting at a table with a bunch of random people.  Sometimes I’ve even had to be split up from my date because we can’t find two chairs next to each other.  Unassigned seating sucks.  Please make up a seating chart for your guests! 

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