Post # 1
We’re having a very informal wedding and appetizer reception outside at a B&B. Is it necessary to have a seat at a table for every guest? (There are several benches/seating areas already available there.)
Post # 3
I think there should be some type of seating for everyone even if it’s a bench. It’s hard to balance a drink and a plate and eat at the same time.
Post # 4
Yes, definitely. I went to a wedding where there was limited seating, and it was really uncomfortable and annoying. I ended up sitting on the floor in order to eat.
Post # 5
That’s what I was thinking, too. My mom is just trying to keep from renting additional tables and chairs.
Post # 6
If it’s only appetizers – I would disagree… If you make enough seating for everyone, people won’t mingle at all and will be expecting assigned seating and more food.
I would suggest 60-75% seating (depending on how many elderly or pregnant guests you may have)
If you do seating for everyone, then try to have a coordinator or a friendly friend/cousin greet everyone and tell them it’s open seating so no one is confused.
Post # 7
I don’t think there needs to be a seat for everybody, but it should be pretty close. I’d say at least 80% of the guests, woudl allow for some mingling, but still enough for everybody to sit while they’re eating.
Post # 8
I’m with @thewheelsonthebus: I would do seating for 60-70%. It’s a summer outdoor wedding. People will be up mixing and mingling and admiring the graden.
Post # 9
Personally, I would do a seat for everyone, even if you are planning on people mingling. I dislike going to a party and not having a place to leave my jacket and/or purse if I want to go get food. I would count the benches in as seating areas, though, and get enough chairs for the rest.
IMO, it’s better to have more than enough seats instead of too few. You don’t want your guests walking away saying it was uncomfy because there was limited seating… it’s happened to me and I actually mingled less because I was worried someone would snag my seat while I was gone!
Post # 10
i’m with sapphiresun on this one….you don’t need every single tuckus in a chair, but you should have enough for vast majority of people…like 80%
Post # 11
I was at a wedding a few years ago that just did appetizers, but they had limited seating.
We ended up having to sit on the side walls – I wasn’t thrilled. I wish she had more seating, or at least more tables to put things on.
I’d consider groups that would mingle – I know for this wedding, we didn’t know her family that well, but had a group of friends there. If she had 2-3 more tables, then each ‘group’ could have been together, instead of sitting on the wall. If you’ve got little tables by the benches, that would be fine – it would give people a place to put drinks and small plates.
Post # 12
I’m a wedding planner and except for a plated dinner you should only have seats for approximately 70% if the guests. Some people raised concerns about balancing plates and drinks so you could offer cocktail tables. They’re taller without needing charis. I think that’s your best option.