Post # 1
I love love weddings that have open seating. If I get stuck making boring small talk, i can pretend to go get a drink and then wander off somewhere.
However, I know a lot of my family and friends aren’t used to this. I’m hoping to do a hybrid version. Do you guys think this makes sense? Is it more confusing and how should I word this instruction?
– We’ll have 15 tables of 10, enough for every single person (150).
– We’ll assign groups of people to sections (3 tables). ie) if you’re in section A, can sit in any of the 3 tables.
– We’ll also have belly bars scattered about and a lounge area. This is for anyone who gets left out of their section.
– I also want people to not feel obligated to sit in one seat the whole night but be social, move about, sit in the lounge and then move to another table or belly bar.
What do you think? Could this organized chaos work? How can I communicate this!?!?!
THANKS in Advance!!
Post # 3
I think it’d be better to have people assigned to tables, with things to get up and get throughout the night, so they mingled on their own.
Post # 4
I think it is a fine idea if you work out that the assigned sections have just the right amount of people assigned to them. As long as it doesn’t exceed thirty assignees per section, it won’t be a game of musical chairs.
I have to say though, I don’t feel like having an assigned table obligates people to sit at that one table all night. Usually I find that people who want to move around will move around, and those who don’t want to won’t.
Post # 5
@VietN: Whats a belly bar? And if I were going to do this I would have more chairs than guests so that people who are part of small groups like families aren’t forced to sit at different tables.
Post # 6
It sounds to me like you really want people to not feel like they HAVE to be in one spot. If this is the case, I would just do open seating. I’m sure your friends and family can figure it out. You could even have a nice sign that states guests can sit anywhere they like. BUT, if you do go with your version I’m sure it will work fine as well. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone thinks they can’t leave their section. lol. I know that sounds ridiculous, but if I’ve learned anything after working in the hospitality industry it’s that people surprise me everyday! lol
Post # 7
“We’ll also have belly bars scattered about and a lounge area. This is for anyone who gets left out of their section.”
This is my whole problem with this concept. Why would you be happy to have any of your guests “left out”? Doesn’t sound fun to me. It sounds like you would be better suited to a heavy cocktail reception to be honest. That way you can have some tables, some cruisers, a lounge area etc but there’s no awkwardness about where to sit for dinner…
Post # 8
I really dislike this idea. It’s way too chaotic, and you’re talking about guests being left out of their section. Just assign people to tables.