Post # 1
My Fiance and I decided to not have a seating arrangement (with the exception of the bridal party of course) for our reception. We want our guests to not feel obligated to sit with people they don’t know, so what are your thoughts on this?
Post # 3
We had a very similar idea and sisn’t wan’t to force people to sit next to people they don’t want. But because we are having a formal dinner and some children/ older folks we had to add some sort of structure.
So what we have done is we have tables of 10 and have given names to each table (e.g diamond table, pearl table etc.)
On our table plan we have just allocated groups of people who we know/think they get along on certain tables
however, they can sit on any seat they want and because it is a large table if there is any one they particularly want to avoid, they can
Post # 4
We didn’t have a seating chart and it worked out just fine. Just make sure you have an excess of tables and chairs so people can sit together instead of being split up.
Post # 5
We did the same thing. We allocated chairs only for the bridal party and parents, and then tables for family – they could choose where on the table they sat. Everybody else was free to go wherever they like. Those that came with babies and young children automatically took one corner that had a lot of space behind it so the kids could play/sleep whilst the parents enjoyed themselves. and then everyone else sat wherever the fancy took them. To be honest we had planned to organise the tables, but we forgot… (I forgot the cake until 5 days before so don’t even get started! lol!)
How it worked? Well it was the best, craziest party I have ever been to, and I also had a LOT of positive feedback off people. The general consesus was they felt that everybody was treated the same, and the grudge people usually feel when they’re given the back table was not there. We had the strangest combinations of people getting along and having a fantastic time (My 10 year old cousin was teaching DH’s 80 year old uncle how to dance hip hop and the uncle was teaching the kid to dance zeibekiko, A group of my friends in their 20s got talking to a middle-aged couple who then called their daughters over from another table. The daughters have already visited them in the UK and my friends are due to fly out to stay in their villa this summer!)
All in all I think it’s a great idea and leaves people with a more organic feeling – none of that trying to find the connection of why you’re sat at the same table as someone else if you know what I mean…