(Closed) Reception Seating Chart with Family Style Seating?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Busy bee

See if you can assign everyone a section, and differentiate the sections with numbers in the middle of each set of ten seats, for example. That way people have an idea of where they should be looking for their names.

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

I’d use table numbers, and place them on the tables. If it’s a really long table, put 2 numbers. like, table 5 is one half and table 6 is the other half. I think people will get the general sense of where to sit. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would just put a cute “Reserved” sign on the tables for immediate family, bridal party, like you said, and then let everyone else figure it out themself.  

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

We’re doing long tables too! We’re doing table numbers and assuming everyone is smart enough to see where one table ends(the seam on the tablecloth)!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think it is incredibly rude to reserve seats for some and not others.  Much worse than A and B invites.  The “favored ones” will have seats, the rest will be scrounging for seats.  Like junior high cafeteria, looking for a seat, being told, we’re saving.  Some people may think they get to sit with the family, but don’t.  Who will have to tell them to move along?  There could be hurt feelings for years.  

I like the idea of putting runners or ribbons, and dividing up the tables into manageable sizes.  

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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chevaldame :  Of course it is fine to reserve tables for family and bridal party. Yes, typically, others get a reserved table, and are not left to wander around hat in hand. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

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chevaldame :  If at all possible, I’d create different centerpieces in the middle of each ‘table’ near where the table # is. That might also help make each table distinct from the others. Table 1 has white flowers with greenery, table 2 has candles and flowers, table 3 has lanterns and greenery, etc. I would also try (if possible) to keep even #’s of chairs on the sides of the tables, so dates can sit together. It could be awkward if guests get there, and the only open seats are on opposite sides of the table or something. Obviously people can shift around, but with drinks, etc it might get a little messy. 

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