Post # 1
I’m planning my wedding. We are probably going to have around 150 guests. We are having our wedding and reception outdoors at a state park. I’m having a huge debate on the seating situation!
I want my reception to informal and fun. We are having heavy hors dourves, only a couple of items even require a fork!
What should I do about seating? Do I need to provide seating for everyone? I really want everyone up and mingling, and knowing my family, most people won’t sit in the same place for long.
And I’m not doing any assigned seating, other than the wedding party and immediate family members. 🙂
Post # 3
If you want everyone up and mingling I think that food stations and/or a buffet would do the trick. It’s nice to be at a wedding where everyone can sit down. I’ve been to receptions where there wasn’t enough seating for everyone and I never stayed long. Guests want to feel like guests. They want to be remembered and noticed enough to have a seat provided for them. Even if some of your guests walk around alot, they need a home base where they can leave their things and rest when they want. Since you’re going for informal and fun and will be at a state park-maybe your reception could be a large picnic. You can have pretty white cloths that would be like tables except for guests would sit on them and eat on them. Each cloth could have a basket in the center that’s filled with food.
Post # 4
Thanks for your advice! I didn’t think about the fact that people will need places to put their things. I think what we are going to do is rent large tables with enough seating so people can sit if they want, but they don’t have to because of the food stations and finger foods. What do you think?
Post # 5
We are doing something similar. We will still have enough seats for everyone though. We will have a combination of traditional round tables as well as tall cocktail tables (without seats) so people can stand and eat or put drinks down around the dance floor- kind of like a club.
Having a coat rack will also prevent some people from “claiming” a seat for the whole night with their jackets (though mostly men I suspect due to purses etc if they didnt leave them in the car)