Post # 1
I’m helping a dear friend plan a casual wedding at a state park — they’ve rented a picnic shelter that seats 300 (about double her guest list) and has picnic tables. It’ll be a more rustic event (though still catered!).
Would/could you do escort cards for something like, that, or does it make more sense to make seating a free-for-all? I can see merits of both, but would it seem odd to have formal seating for such a casual venue?
Post # 3
I think a seating chart for this setting would be a little against the laid-back, fun attitude that usually comes with a picnic wedding. I would suggest still having reserved areas for family, etc. that you want seated near the B&G if they are going to be in a particular area.
Post # 4
I agree – save a spot for the family and party and then let everyone else sit where they want. You can always have her do different fun things in the center of the tabels so that people will be encouraged to roam around and have something to talk about at the table – should it be people who don’t know one another.
Post # 5
Because of the location, my thought is to let it be a free for all, but with 150 people expected, that can get hectic and stick some people with people they have nothing in common with and make things awkward. How about assigning just tables?
Post # 6
You said the shelter seats 300. So will it already be set for 300, even though you’ll only have 150? For the most part, Iagree. As much as I advocate assigned seating, in this setting I don’t think you should have them. And it sounds like there will be plenty of seating.
Post # 7
I agree that you shouldn’t do assigned seating. It’s an informal event and that seems to go against the laid back rustic atmosphere they are going for. I would definitely designate tables for the families and just let everyone else seat themselves.
Post # 8
You should at least reserve some tables for family and close friends. You don’t want to run the risk of having the parents have to sit in the back or something.
Also- is she going to decorate all the tables or just enough to seat her guests? If she isn’t going to have all the tables set for guests, then maybe assigned seating would be good. Otherwise, you might have people not able to sit with their families and such because there wasn’t an open table.