(Closed) Pic: would this *idea* be appropriate for ceremony AND reception area?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 4
1094 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

It’s a nice idea, but I just recently went to a wedding with no seating chart and even though it was mostly just close family, it still stook everyone forever to get settled and some families couldn’t sit at the same table cause they wern’t fast enough etc.  It’s completely changed my mind about this now.

Post # 5
3078 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MrsVandykins:  This!  Not having a seating chart can create a lot of chaos and awkwardness

Post # 6
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

If you don’t do assigned tables, you need to have extra seating (for 38 people, I’d probably have 45 – 50 seats) so that peoples’ groups don’t get split up. That is the #1 reason I don’t like open seating, although I think it could be just fine with a small group like that.

If there is a group of 5 people who want to sit together and they come into the reception a little after others, they might get broken up into a group of 2 and a group of 3. It sucks. Extra places will relieve that to some degree.

Post # 7
4046 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think if you are having a lot of extra tables, it might be OK. But it is still easier for guests to be assigned to tables, so they don’t have to consider who to sit with, and so families are not broken up. 

Post # 9
4675 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think it’s super cute.  I my area seeting charts are not common.  If you don’t want a seating chart, I say go for it.  I didn’t have one, and everyone had a spot to eat!  Everyone can find a seat fine.  I’ve seen many signs like this one either here, on pintrest, or other sites.  

Post # 10
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

i actually hate seating charts! theyre awkward and i think they can come off “uppity”

so i say go for it!!!

Post # 11
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Working in the industry, we get a TON of brides who want to do away with the seating chart.  While I understand the purpose, it only makes your day more difficult on you, and your vendors.

Seating charts, even if they are just by number, and not by actual seat, help guests settle quickly into a seat, help the caterer ensure that each person receives the appropriate meal, and helps you to move the wedding along smoothly.

That said, if you have a smaller wedding, or are willing to enlist the help of a DJ or bridal party member to remind people to find their seat as needed, don’t worry too much about it!


Post # 12
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

If everyone rsvp’s yes I will have 150-160 guests and I am not doing a seating plan. I am reserving the front tables for parents/grandparents and the RB’s and Flower Girl. Otherwise, come as you are, sit where you like. I hate being assigned a seat at weddings personally. I haven’t gotten a sign or anything, just reserved signs for those off limit areas. We are having buffet style dinner so no issue with serving.

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