(Closed) More chairs than guests at ceremony- is this okay?

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
7440 posts
Busy Beekeeper

That sounds normal, to keep things balanced I think most weddings have a few empty seats.

Post # 3
3080 posts
Sugar bee

I’d go for more chairs than that. Families and couples like to sit together and you might end up having the odd single seats, here and there.

Post # 4
1720 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

we had enough seats but because of how people sat (leaving an odd seat in between some groups) at least 3 or 4 people ended up with no seat (technically they could have gone an squeezed in but they wanted to be near wife etc)

I think that having a few extras is a good idea since people don’t generally fill in perfectly – no one is going to notice a few seats extra (but I do think that like having double the seats vs people would be a bit odd)

Post # 5
782 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I do not think that will be a problem at all!

Post # 6
368 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It will be fine – I’d honestly consider having even more extra seats, like maybe an extra row worth of seats on each side in addition to the several that are technically extra on each side already. Like 

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littlemisshostess said, people don’t fill in the seats perfectly because they have certain people they want to sit next to. You can give them a bit more flexibility by having a few more chairs. 

Post # 7
327 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

It’s a perfect amount, domt spend more renting chairs that won’t get used and the ones that are empty will be spaced out like others said so won’t look weird or noticeable in pics

Post # 8
163 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I never even thought about that, I think no one really notices that kind of thing anyway, worrying about something like that sounds like worrying way too much in my opinion. 🙂 My venue already comes with seats for about 120 people I believe, and I only have about 75-80 guests. I think the more options the guests have the better, instead of being all cranked up in the same space. As a guest I personally wouldn’t feel comfortable with an amount of seats that is too exact to the number of guests. I understand that renting chairs makes it a harder decision though, but if I were you, I’d probably rent a whole extra row.

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