(Closed) How to let people know tables and seating are not assigned?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 4
5654 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’d make a sign that’s fitting with the theme and formality you’re going for.

“Pick A Seat” or something along those lines

Post # 5
3 posts
  • Wedding: January 2015

@smanette: I recently went to a wedding with self seating and I loved it! I went just my date and I and we found a cute little table for two. Had our own experience. 

I dont think people will be confused – 

I wouldnt worry, just make sure each table has a little decor and people will happily sit where ever they are most comfortable 🙂 


Post # 6
3977 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think you could find a fun way to word it on a sign and put it where the seating chart would normally be.

Maybe make a small note of it on your website. Also, make sure all those involved in your wedding (wedding party, staff, family) knows so they can pass it along.

Post # 7
1088 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I didn’t have assignegd seating and people just figured it out, no problems. I agree that a cute “Pick a seat” sign would be fine if you wanted to do that. Otherwise, I wouldn’t worry about it too much.

Post # 8
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

If the restaurant has a coordinator or maitre d’ that will be workign with you – they should be at the entrance (or the like) welcoming your guests.  They can let them know it’s “Open Seating” and to make themselves at home anywhere except where you’ve placed a reserved sign.

If it’s very unusual in your family or area I would make sure one of the staff members are there to tell guests or make a sign to put on an easel or something letting them know.

They’ll enjoy it more and not be so unsure of what to do that way. 

Also, just from experience working weddings for years – make sure you have more seats than guests if you’re doing unassigned seating.  Sometimes the way families and groups break up means there may be an empty seat here and there which would require additional seats at other tables.

Good luck & have fun!!!

Post # 9
550 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I have actually never been to a wedding where there was assigned seats. As long as a few key people know what’s going on to help any guests that look lost, you’ll be fine.

Post # 10
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I dont think you need to have a sign or anything. People just kind of figure it out. I went to a wedding that was outdoors in a tent. There were regular round and high tables but there were definitely not enough tables for all the people there. We got the idea pretty quickly. Plus, you look for a few minutes for escort cards and when you dont see them, you just go sit down where you can. Its not a big deal!

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