(Closed) Lack of seating for guests

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Respectfully disagree. I’ve attended numerous “cocktail receptions” where seating was not provided for everyone and I firmly believe it promotes a much more fun atmosphere. Why do you need a seat when there is dancing and mingling! Sure not everyone can sit at the same time but the truth is they probably won’t anyway! It still ticks me off to think we paid 7.50 per chair and half of them didn’t get used! We could have nixed some tables and chairs, saved money, and had more space to move!

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

This is not a new phenomenon. People have had cocktail parties for years. No one provides seating for everyone at a cocktail party.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I agree with you, as a guest I prefer to at least have the option to sit at a reception. I don’t think it is bad to do a cocktail reception, but I am far less likely to enjoy it. 

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I guess we too will have to agree to disagree. Most healthy young to middle aged adults should be able to stand and walk around for the length of a wedding reception. It’s no longer than many would be up dancing if they went clubbing.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

@Lee 1: I agree. I think it’s completely inconsiderate and awkward to not provide seats for everyone. We had a cocktail reception too, and I didn’t care what was ‘suggested’..I would never have been comfortable having the guests look for a place to place their things and lean against the walls.

From arriving, through ceremony and a 4 hour reception…are you kidding me? I’m not standing around for all those hours either.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

I agree that there should be appropriate seating for everyone.  When I attend a wedding, I’m wearing heels…… I also like to sit when I eat.  It’s uncomfortable and awkward to hold a plate and drink and eat all at the same time. 

Also, some guests will be elderly, have health issues which would make seating necessary.  I would be a little annoyed if I attended a wedding and had no where to sit……

Post # 12
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Busy bee

As a side note, I attended a casual cook out a few weekends ago.  There was no where enough seating for the guests there……  Even in flip flops it got old fast standing around and holding a plate and a drink……….   As far as I am concerned whatever the venue appropriate seating is just being considerate. 

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Lee 1: I have to agree with you on this one too. I think cocktail parties are great and have been to a wedding where it was a cocktail reception but also had plenty of seating (chairs and benches). Guests do need to be thought of when planning these things, especially if there are people who will really need to have a seat (like your dad).

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I agree that there should be some type of seating for everyone, regardless of the type of event. It should be the choice of the guest whether or not they want to sit or stand, especially if the event is going to run over an hour or two.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

I agree with OP. Especially if you have a large number of elderly people. It is highly inconsiderate to not have enough seats to accommodate them. I mean, as a bride would you want to stand around in your shoes and dress juggling your plate and drink while trying to eat?? My guess would be probably not so why is it ok to have your guests do so? It wouldn’t make me want to mingle, it would make me be in constant search of a seat to rest my feet. Maybe from now on i’ll have a pair of sneakers in the car just in case haha. If you’re going to do that, at least have benches or something. sheesh.

At least on the invitation put B.Y.O.C.

😛

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I too agree.  If you’re going to invite guests to a wedding you should always have a seat available for each one whether it is used or not.  It seems like common courtesy to me.  

At a cocktail party it is understood there may not be seating but I feel a wedding and a cocktail party are two completely different things.  If you want me dancing at your wedding you better give me somewhere to sit and rest between sets!

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