Post # 1
How many extra chairs are you having for your ceremony? We reserved 180 chairs and have 168 people coming who would be sitting in chairs. Are 12 extra chairs enough so that everyone will be able to sit with their family/date? I’d hate for a couple to get there late and have the only seats available be scattered single seats as we’re not having ushers that could tell people to sit tightly and not leave gaps. BUT I’d also hate to see lots of empty seats in pictures. Is 180 a happy medium? More? Less? I’m not too worried about guests showing up who RSVP’d no or vice-versa.
Post # 2
We only had enough chairs for the amount of people that RSVP’d “Yes”. (Well, we made sure all the rows had the same amount of chairs so maybe we had a few extra just because of that). We didn’t have any extras “just in case”. People will typically fill rows before moving to other rows at a wedding. Also, as much as it sucks you’ll have people who said they’d come and either not show up or show up super late and miss the ceremony. It’s happens to everyone.
Post # 3
I think that 12 extra is more than enough!
Post # 4
I think that will likely be fine, though it depends on the layout and also the size of groups you have coming eg if you have 5 seats each side but it’s predominantly couples attending, it is unlikely they will sit separately and so that’s something to think about (so you could have 6 each side, for example). We worked ours out by looking at it like that; we had 59 guests, and 70 chairs, mainly because we had to have an odd number (5) each side to accomodate the Bridal Party and a family of 5 who we didn’t want to split.
Post # 5
My planner told me 10% — but also suggested we count it as 10% of other than front row. Assuming immediate family only in front row, take number of guests compare with number of seats in other than front row, allow 10% exrra.