(Closed) How Many Seats at the Reception

posted 14 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Well, I don’t have a lot of experience with cocktail receptions, but in my opinion there should be a seat for everybody.  I think people getting appetizers and cocktails does encourge mingling in and of itself.

Post # 4
1485 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I believe that normally that size table comfortably accomodates 8 chairs, so you would need 22 tables – I also agree that you should provide a seat for everybody.  As long as you don’t assign seating, people will naturally mingle – unless they are afraid that if they stand up they won’t get to sit down again.   If its clear that there aren’t enough seats, I think that at least some people will be quite reluctant to mingle, as it will be clear that you have to defend your seat or get stuck standing.

Post # 5
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think suzanno’s input is spot on!

Post # 6
50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2022

I think it depends on how formal your reception is going to be!  I’m from Georgia, and about half of the weddings I’ve been for have not had seating for everyone.   As long as you have plenty of seats for anyone that is older/would like to sit, you should be fine.  We are having about 130 people, and we will have 10 tables (9 people at each) and then 6 highboy tables where people can sit their food to eat. 

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