(Closed) Reception: To seat or not to seat?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

hmmm sounds pretty tricky…

What time is your wedding? Time is a big factor in deciding weither to provide a meal or not. You can have cocktail tables with your centerpieces… It can be quite an ordeal to move all of that furniture in a  short amount of time PLUS decorate but its not entirely impossible. Do you have a picture or linkto the venue?


Post # 4
87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

I would say: plan for some casual sitting. Small tables and chairs where you can have your centerpiece but without assigning seats.

If you searve finger food people will be able to go around and mingle and only those who want to sit down will.

Draw the size of your space to scale along with paper (to the scale) tables and see how you can arrange things around.

An other option would be to have people sit cabaret style to watch the wedding and have the tables do double duty.

Post # 5
106 posts
Blushing bee

On the first question, you say:

"Having only heavy appetizers for guests as they walk around the suite would work beautifully EXCEPT I really want to create my dang centerpieces and have assigned seating in long family style tables (even if it’s just a short period of time). However sitting at an assigned table could feel confined."

I don’t know about that space in particular, but I know for sure that I would prioritize the fun & flow of the party and the comfort of the guests well above the desire for a certain centerpiece/table arrangement. 

Since you say that heavy appetizers (and perhaps some tables w/o assigned seating) would "work beautifully," and the other option "could feel confined," it sounds like assigned seating at long tables is not the way to go.

Post # 6
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Is there any way you could have the ceremony, and then "turn" the room (you know, have the tables brought in and the chairs re-arranged) while the guests are wandering through other areas enjoying the art  (and drinks and appetizers) and then have them come back and enjoy a seated meal?  It may require more staff and be more costly — but with only fifty guests, it may be quite easy to pull off.  Something like that occured at a wedding I was at (in an art gallery) and it was amazing to have the room turned.  Like magic!

Post # 7
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

I love your venue, its soooo pretty! I totally want to snuggle in the couch with a glass of wine. 

I vote for cocktails and apps.


Post # 8
666 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010


I love the idea of people being able to mingle through out the space and enjoy the art.  I’m not sure what your centerpieces look like, but I bet they would look great on the coffee table or at either end of the bar in the photos I looked at.  You could also consider renting casual seating.  Lots of places rent lounge seating.  You want to make sure older people will be comfortable, but your centerpieces could also look lovely at those tall cocktail tables that people stand up around to set their drinks down and nibble.  

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