(Closed) No Seating Plan?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Should We Do A Seating Plan for 300 Guests
    YES! It would be too confusing if you didn't. : (125 votes)
    84 %
    NO! It will all work out don't bother : (24 votes)
    16 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    1866 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Oh dear, with 300 guests I do think you need to do a seating plan.  It will be way too confusing otherwise.  

    Post # 4
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    2539 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    YES YES YES!!! Absolutly get a seating chart! Its going to be a pain in your butt but you have to to do it! We have 300 guest and the thought of all those people walking around searching for seats SUCKS!

    Post # 5
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    8738 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I think at the very least you need to assign everyone to a table.

    If I walked into a room with seating for 300 without any indication of where to sit I’d be really frazzled by that as a guest.

    Post # 6
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    3265 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I totally answered without reading everything. My mind immediately said “300 guests and no table plans?” But now I question whether you’re asking about whether or not to make it a free for all and people pick where they want to sit in general, or people pick where they want to sit at their assigned table?

    Post # 7
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    225 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I’ve been to one wedding without assigned tables and the ONLY reason it wasn’t a total disaster was they had WAAAY more tables than they needed.  If there hadn’t have been extra tables, my in-laws and I (it was my hubby’s cousin getting married) would have been split up and all over because the groom’s side had arrived first and already messed things up by all sitting at different tables instead of sitting together.

    Post # 8
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    7173 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    Assign people to tables!!!!

     

    Post # 10
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    2158 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I think you do. Guests always feel much more at ease when they know where to sit. Otherwise they have to hunt for seats, and then worry about saving seats for friends/family etc.

    Post # 11
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    1425 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I’d say with 300 guests you’ll need assigned seating. You will probably end up with chairs being pushed over to allow for everyone who wants to be with their friends/family at one table and then maybe some people will be alone at tables because they don’t know people. I was at a reception, but not for a wedding (it was a religious celebration) and there were about 200 people and my Fiance and I ended up at a table alone because we didn’t know anyone and people were stealing our tables’ chairs to squish more people into one table.

    Post # 12
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    2065 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I always chime in for open seating because it’s the norm where I’m at. Yes, even with 300 guest weddings and it always works out fine. Reserve a few tables for family members up front so Grandma doesn’t get stuck in the back. Have a few extra tables so people don’t get split up.

    I do always say though, if your guests are used to seating charts, do one. If it’s normal not to have one, don’t have one. I had never heard of assigned seating at weddings until I came on weddingbee and I’ve been to dozens and dozens of weddings. It doesn’t have to be a disaster. Some places are very pro-seating chart and if I lived in one of the places, I’d probably say do it. You just have to know your guests.

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @Sngr87:  Number the tables individually and have 32 tables.  The guests can decide where to sit at that table but its easier this way

    Post # 14
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    8738 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @Sngr87:  I say do 32 table numbers, one for each rectangular table (rather than group of tables).

    I went to a wedding where they had 3 rectangular tables in a row (and then rows of them). And each rectangular table had a number, even though they butted up adjacent the next rectangular table.

    That will ensure the last couple to the “table” won’t end up sitting 3 actual tables apart at a long extended table.

    I think it you want to only do 8 table number then you need to assign seats as well as tables.

    Post # 16
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    2416 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    You will have total and utter chaos if you don’t offer a seating plan. You don’t have to assign every person to a specific seat, but you really DO have to assign them a table to sit at! It will take up so much time for people to figure this out for themselves at the wedding and it will take away from your celebration. Put the work in now and reap the rewards later! 300 is just too many people to not have a seating plan!

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