Post # 1
We’re having an appetizer buffet reception, about 3 hours long, with a DJ. Our venue has an outdoor patio with seating, a balcony with couchs and chairs and an upstairs balcony with seating. I was thinking there is no way all of our guests will be seated at the same time under these conditions, and I should probably order a smaller amount of chairs for the tables than we have guests to avoid tons of empty chairs at the tables. Has anyone else done this? What was your ratio? I was thinking 10-12 less chairs than the number of guests.
Post # 3
MY BIL had a wedding like this and they seriously under estimate the fact that people wanted to sit. Most guests (especially the older ones) left really early which they (the B&G) were angry about even when we pointed out that they left due to limited seating.
I think you would need to at least have enough seating for 3/4 of your guest list.
Post # 4
You definitely need a seat for every guest. Even if people aren’t sitting all the time, they will put their purses, jackets, etc. down on a chair.
Post # 5
I say you need a seat for everyone I went to a wedding like this and was not happy when I got asked to get up so someone else could sit down…
Post # 6
@2dBride: I was assuming some people will be at the tables outside, or upstairs on the couches, and I really don’t want to have to rent extra tables that are going to potentially be entirely empty.
Post # 7
People like to have a base at a table at a wedding, so possibly get seats for everyone. It’s a horrible feeling to not have a seat at a table at a wedding when others do. Makes you feel a little unwanted.
Post # 8
1:1. I know that there will be empty seats, but that is a much better alternative to not enough.